The Shape of Things What, exactly, is the audience to make of Evelyn (Rachel Weisz), the hateful yet sexy grad student who's the focal point of Neil LaBute's latest… The Shape of Things What, exactly, is the audience to make of Evelyn (Rachel Weisz), the hateful yet sexy grad student who's the focal point of Neil LaBute's latest… 2003-05-09 R PT97M Drama Gretchen Mol Paul Rudd Rachel Weisz Frederick Weller Focus Features
Movie Review

THE SHAPE OF THINGS (2003)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Limited Release: May 09, 2003; Rated: R; Length: 97 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Gretchen Mol, Paul Rudd, Rachel Weisz and Frederick Weller; Distributor: Focus Features

What, exactly, is the audience to make of Evelyn (Rachel Weisz), the hateful yet sexy grad student who's the focal point of Neil LaBute's latest misanthropic meat grinder? An imperious art-theory major, Evelyn accepts a date with dorky Adam (Paul Rudd), then subjects him to an identity makeover: new haircut, new clothes, new nose. There's some skillfully intense dialogue, but the movie is didactic. LaBute has come to declare the death of love, and damned if he'll let any human beings get in the way of his thesis.

Originally posted May 23, 2003 Published in issue #711 May 23, 2003 Order article reprints