Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (film)

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Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
Brief interviews poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn Krasinski
Produced byJohn Krasinski
Kevin Patrick Connors
Thomas Fatone
Chris Hayes
Screenplay byJohn Krasinski
Based onBrief Interviews with Hideous Men
by David Foster Wallace
StarringJulianne Nicholson
Music byBilly Mohler
Nate Wood
CinematographyJohn Bailey
Edited byZene Baker
Rich Fox
Distributed byIFC Films
Release date
  • January 19, 2009 (2009-01-19) (Sundance)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$27,935

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men is a 2009 American comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by John Krasinski, in his directorial debut based on a short story collection of the same name by David Foster Wallace.


Sara Quinn (Julianne Nicholson) is interviewing men as part of her graduate studies. Her intellectual endeavor has emotional consequences as the men’s twisted and revealing stories are juxtaposed against the backdrop of her own experience. As she begins to listen closely to the men around her, Sara must ultimately reconcile herself to the darkness that lies below the surface of human interactions.



The film was shot in studios in Brooklyn, New York and exterior filming took place in Staten Island, New York, and on the campuses of Columbia University and Brooklyn College.[1]


The film was selected for the US Dramatic Competition in the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.[2] It scored 40% at Rotten Tomatoes[3] and 44% at Metacritic.[4]


  1. ^ "John Bailey, ASC: Exploring the aesthetics" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
  2. ^ 2009 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films In Competition Archived 2009-03-11 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Reviews, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixter.
  4. ^ "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Reviews, Ratings, Credits and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. CBS Interactive.

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