The Vicious Kind, from Executive Producer Neil Labute, opens a limited theatrical run in Los Angeles on December 11th at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 Theatre, located at 8000 W. Sunset Bl, West Hollywood, CA 90046 323-848-3500 . In his second film, director Lee Toland Krieger presents a redemption tale focused on Caleb Sinclaire (Adam Scott), a bitter construction worker whose life is turned upside down one Thanksgiving weekend.
Estranged from his father, Donald (J.K. Simmons), Caleb lives an isolated, but contented life. Following a difficult breakup, he becomes scornful toward women and wears his disdain as a badge of honor. Caleb’s resolve is tested, however, when he meets his younger brother Peter’s (Alex Frost) new girlfriend, Emma (Brittany Snow). Immediately distrustful of her, Caleb warns Peter that she will only end up hurting him. Despite his efforts to protect his brother, he finds himself drawn to Emma and surprised by his growing attraction. Caleb’s unexpected feelings force him, finally, to confront the vulnerability he has struggled so long to conceal. Adam Scott gives an inspired performance as Caleb, a misanthrope not only prone to angry diatribes but also susceptible to flashes of naked frailty. Superbly shot, and supported by a lush score and hip soundtrack, THE VICIOUS KIND offers a glimpse into the soul of a damaged man whose obstinate defense mechanisms are laid bare by his fractured relationships.
THE VICIOUS KIND premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and has since won Best Picture at the 2009 New Orleans Film Festival. Additionally, Adam Scott has been lauded for his performance as ‘Caleb’ winning Best Performance at the 2009 Sidewalk Film Festival and Best Actor at the 2009 Strasbourg Film Festival. Variety calls The Vicious Kind “…an unpredictable, off-kilter and scabrously funny piece of work” and that “Scott proves more than up to the challenge of a juicy lead role.” The Austinist raves “Scott’s performance is at times quiet, at times terrifying, but always captivating” and he “owns the screen and is supported by the confident direction of Toland Krieger and the stunningly beautiful cinematography of Bradley Stonesifer.”
Written and Directed by Lee Toland Krieger. 92 mins. MPAA-rated R
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