CINEMA: CAUTION: MALE FRAUD

LOVE IT OR HATE IT, MEN AND WOMEN ARE SHAKEN BY WHAT OCCURS IN THE COMPANY OF MEN

Chad, a nice-looking fellow with the soul of Satan, sits next to Christine, the deaf secretary he has bogusly courted for the sole pleasure of dumping her. As she registers the enormity of his betrayal, Chad stares at her and says, "So how does it feel?" This moment in Neil LaBute's In the Company of Men packs such a sick smack that at a showing at the Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion in West Los Angeles last week, a woman gasped and shook her head in disgust; another, supplying a retort for Christine, said, "I feel like cutting your cojones off."

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