Some Girl(s)

Some Girl(s)

Directed by: Daisy Von Scherler Mayer
89 minutes

New England Premiere

Once the enfant terrible of movies centered around misogynistic men (IN THE COMPANY OF MEN, YOUR FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS), Neil LaBute has mellowed in recent years. Or has he? Daisy von Scherler Mayer’s SOME GIRL(S), adapted and expanded from LaBute’s play, returns to his fascination with men behaving badly.

Adam Brody (THE TEN, IFFBoston 2007) plays the nameless protagonist, a successful writer who fancies himself “a fearless cartographer of the soul”—although the string of women he’s left in his sociopathic wake have branded him an “emotional terrorist.” In what could be an attempt at self-awareness and making amends on the eve of his wedding, he travels around the country meeting with a succession of ex-lovers he’s wronged: high school sweetheart/jilted prom date Sam (Jennifer Morrison); sexual dynamo/plaything Tyler (Mía Maestro); married older college professor/one-time affair Lindsay (Emily Watson, THE PROPOSITION, IFFBoston 2006); his best friend’s emotionally exploited kid sister Reggie (Zoe Kazan; RUBY SPARKS, IFFBoston Screening Series 2012); and the one he let get away/the one who understands him best, Bobbi (Kristen Bell).

Embracing the inherent staginess of the material’s origins, Mayer sets each of the real-time exchanges within upscale hotel rooms, in cities from Seattle to Boston and back. LaBute’s dialogue cuts as deep as it ever has, and as we spend more time with this presumably penitent cad, we begin to wonder if there’s more to his motives than what he presents at face value. LaBute being LaBute...

—Brett Michel