The Vicious Kind

January 3rd, 2009


The Vicious Kind

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A man tries to warn his brother away from the new girlfriend he brings home during Thanksgiving, but ends up becoming infatuated with her in the process.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 7.0/10 (2,755 voted)

Critic's Score: 65/100

Director: Lee Toland Krieger

Stars: Adam Scott, Brittany Snow, Alex Frost

The relationship between two brothers, a father trying to connect with his sons and the young woman who gets between the three of them. The story begins when Caleb Sinclaire reluctantly picks up his brother Peter at college and brings him and his new girlfriend Emma home for the Thanksgiving holiday. Caleb, who recently broke up with his long-time girlfriend and is wary of relationships, warns Peter that Emma will end up hurting him, but he can't stop himself from being drawn to her. As Caleb's infatuation with Emma grows, he must decide whether to act on his feelings or protect his brother's first love.

Adam Scott - Caleb Sinclaire
Brittany Snow - Emma Gainsborough
Alex Frost - Peter Sinclaire
J.K. Simmons - Donald Sinclaire
Vittorio Brahm - J.T.
Bill Buell - Rocky
Alysia Reiner - Samantha
Kate Krieger - Molly
Jordan Berkow - Hannah (as Jordan Reid Berkow)
Anne Gill - Waitress
Emily Jo - Girl in Bar (as Emily Oehler)
Jim Ford - Frat Boy #1
Kevin Rogers - Frat Guy #2
Rebecca Nickeas - Bartender (as Rebecca Bond Nickeas)

Taglines: How would you protect someone from their first love?


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Release Date: 3 Jan 2009

Filming Locations: Canaan, Connecticut, USA

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

[first lines]
Caleb Sinclaire: You know they're all whores, right? All of 'em. I'm not just talking about the little skanks that hang out around your dorm, or frat, or whatever. But actually every woman you've ever known, and every woman you'll ever meet - Mom, Grandma, Aunt Ellen. The fact that they're related to us doesn't make any difference. Cause at the end of the day, given the right set of events, they *will* fuck you over. For the sole reason that they have a vagina, and they can.

User Review

Elegant characterisation

Rating: 8/10

An elegant study in character and the use of subtle good vs evil interplay in the presentation of a character to an audience. Caleb, the character in question, is the true focus of the movie, though the camera dwells lovingly on the beautiful Emma ("a dark angel, does your sister dye her hair black like that? It's very flattering") for obvious reasons.

Our feelings for Caleb shift constantly from bemusement, to loathing, to admiration to astonishment, but the balance is always cleverly maintained in his favour (juxtaposed by a less than flattering portrayal of his brother as the prudish 'republican') and with the climax of the film, despite his often atrocious behaviour, Caleb is the lovable anti-hero. We find ourselves, against our better judgement, rooting for him.

Kreiger has created one of the most memorable personalities in a modern film - a true train wreck of a character and one you will not forget in a hurry - and a masterclass in independent film making. Forget Paranormal Activity. Here is a budget movie worthy of the indie tag and your attention.


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