This is most certainly not a comedy. It's a very intelligent take on misogyny. Every scene, every word is purposefully written to expose men's hatred towards women. The young women in the film are all complex individuals navigating patriarchal expectations and their own desires. I've never seen anything like it. Also, don't google this film before watching it will spoil it.
Alongside films like 'Election' and 'American Beauty', it paints a bleak portrait of the dark souls of Middle class American suburbia. It's not quite Solondz's 'Happiness' in its depiction of criminal men, but the lead male character is a severely unsympathetic one.
Given the changing landscape of social politics of the last ten years, this film made over ten years ago feels for the most part like a modern and contemporary exploration of gender roles and racial stereotypes. Unfortunately the plot around it is often limp and sloppy, but anchored by good performances from Wood and Krakowski and a superb performance from James Woods.
A bitter-sweet revenge comedy. Deceptively light and juvenile at the start but gradually turning darker until it tips over into the abyss, leaving a nasty taste in the mouth and too many unanswered questions about the American psyche.
I really enjoyed this film even though it is disjointed in part and has its flaws. It is very unflinching in its cynicism but also bitingly incisive on present day American mores. It's all there; institutionalised misogyny, racial and cultural bigotry, the sexualisation of children, the obsession with fame at whatever cost..It sven has a nod towards the beast system that has it all ticking over on channel 33.