THE VICIOUS KIND
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Lee Toland Krieger
What's it about
A man tries to warn his brother away from the new girlfriend he brings home during Thanksgiving, but ends up becoming infatuated with her in the process.
Is it good movie?
Another day, another praised festival flick. Adam Scott plays Caleb, a dude who really doesn't care much for women. See, he was recently dumped by his woman and when his sissy brother brings his girlfriend home to meet Dad, he really rips her a new one. Eventually, things get so heated that she even drills him in the mouth. However, things get sort of creepy when Caleb seems to really become obsessed with this girl, and she for some reason keeps coming back and has a forbidden tryst with him.
Well, I feel like I've seen this sort of flick before, and in a way it plays out like a grown-up version of a schoolyard romance where the boy will be mean to the girl in order to get her attention- except the school boy is sort of insane. With that being said, there is really only one reason to see this film and that's for Adam Scott. If you don't know who he is, when you see him you'll realize that he's 'that guy' who seems to be in almost everything these days. Primarily a comic actor, Scott turns in an incredible performance as Caleb. The character is well-written with great dialogue and Scott shows he's a capable actor who brings a range of emotions to the piece.
It's also worth commending the good work of J.K Simmons (he plays the father of the two brothers), who seems to be like a white Sam Jackson with all the work he gets these days, and even Brittany Snow isn't bad in her role as the object of desire. The story is paced fairly well and doesn't fall into the hole of drawing itself out for too long.
The negative parts are few but hefty. Alex Frost's portrayal of the virginal and friendly brother isn't up to snuff. His performance is bland and his character doesn't have much to go on as it is so unfortunately you end up cheering for the charismatic and compelling character played by Adam Scott. It's a big no-no to want to cheer for the heel in this sort of story, even if most guys can relate to wanting to indulge in sexual fantasies they probably shouldn't act on.
I also wasn't a fan of the last half hour of the movie, but that's more personal taste than anything else.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 2.35:1 widescreen and really varies in quality, at times the colors are bright and vibrant while at other times things seem really washed out. Strange and uneven.
Audio is Dolby Digital 5.1 and is mixed really well, with background noise being perfectly blended with ambient dialogue.
You get not one, but two commentary tracks: the first is with writer/director Lee Toland Krieger, and the second is with Krieger and Adam Scott. The second commentary is much, much better than the first depending on your taste. I barely got through Krieger's solo commentary because he sounds meek and quiet as he rattles off facts, while the second commentary is buoyed by a jovial and jokey Adam Scott.
Behind the Scenes of The Vicious Kind runs about 15 minutes long and it is just another electronic press kit that says the usual stuff and promotes the flick.
There are also 6 minutes of Deleted scenes that are viewable with or without commentary from Krieger.
Extended Scenes run 16 minutes long and really would have drug the movie out and ruined the pacing, and again have optional commentary.
A wild trailer appears! to round out the disc.
I enjoyed watching this flick once through but it didn't present anything overly new, exciting or tangible. There's some great performances here and if you were to catch it on TV you'd probably sit through the whole thing. I guess your vibe would probably depend on how many more indie flicks about dysfunctional families you'd like to sit through.