The film begins as a corporate executive in his 30s named Howard meets his old college buddy Chad in an airport as they prepare to leave for a six-week business trip. Howard tells Chad that his girlfriend just rejected him and Chad tells him that his girlfriend himself has rejected him. Chad is angered by the way women treats men as he’s also trying to deal with young corporate guys trying to get their jobs and beat up the old guys. Chad and Howard discuss their rejection and how women hurt them as Chad decided to play a game during their trip. He decides that he and Howard go find a vulnerable woman in the workplace for the six-week trip, treat her nice for a while and by the final week, hurt her. Howard at first isn’t sure if he wants to do this but in the end, he goes along for the ride.
The first week begins as Howard leads charge of the building of the corporate office while Chad finds a woman to give files too but she doesn’t hear him. He goes to a colleague named John (Mark Rector) who reveals that the woman named Christine is deaf and can only communicate by reading lips. Chad has found his victim as he asks her out on a date and tells Howard about it as she told him her background and all sorts of stuff. Howard couldn’t believe it as he asks Christine out and treats her nicely while giving her the chance to talk in her high-nasally pitch. By the next few weeks, Christine felt that Chad and Howard have treated her nicely as the two talk about their dates and wonder when it’s the time to hurt her. Howard all of a sudden, was starting to have real feelings for her.
One night during a date, Chad and Christine talk as he plays the lothario role on him and she starts to fall for him, even as they sneak off from work just to have sex in a hotel room. Howard is starting to fall for Christine where in one point, he goes to the zoo with her to see animals on a car as he apologizes to her for being late and she said it’s ok. One day as Chad and Christine have lunch, Howard accidentally sees them and Christine felt really bad as Chad was like “Hey, this is Howard. My buddy and boss right now” as Howard was wondering if he’s being played himself. With the final week approaching, Howard comes to a dilemma whether he should tell Christine about the truth and is Chad really in love with her or is he playing a game on just Christine or both her and Howard? —Epinions.com
Neil LaBute is a writer, director, and playwright. His first film, In the Company of Men, debuted at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival and won the dramatic Filmmakers Trophy. Nurse Betty (2000) screened at Cannes. LaBute has written plays that have been performed on stages around the world, including Bash: Latter Day Plays (2000), The Mercy Seat (2002), The Shape of Things (2003), and reasons to be pretty (2009), which was nominated for three Tony Awards. He is also the author of the short story collection Seconds of Pleasure. –Sundance
Apart from two or three minutes near the beginning where the dialogue has been timed down to the nanosecond, you'd never guess that Neil LaBute