The Shape of Things

Synopsis: While visiting an art museum, a nerdy college student named Adam meets an iconoclastic artist named Evelyn and is instantly smitten. As their relationship develops, she gradually encourages Adam to change in various ways that surprise his older friends, Jenny and Philip. However, as events progress, Evelyn's antics become darker and darker as her influence begins to twist Adam and his friends in hurtful ways.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Neil LaBute
Production: Focus Features
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

Yeah. Typical.

Yeah, so do you have to stay at your

station until they spell you, or...

Oh, no, no. At punch-out time I'm

supposed to get down there and do it.

They can really be pricks

about that.

Oh, you should go, then.


Can I call you?

What do you want to call me?

Um... just up...

for right now.

I mean, talk.

Maybe get crazy.

Um, take you to dinner?


Uh, sure.

Do they... allow you

to do that here?

What, eat dinner?

I meant, hit on the patrons.

Uh, no.

They've got a pretty strict policy

about that too actually.


Ah. The great equalizer.



I'll take the risk.

Good answer, Grasshopper.


Kung Fu. On TV?

Remember when he was a kid, there was

an old guy with flakey contact lenses...



I don't really watch

much television.


So, do you want

a number?

Hmm? Oh, God.


Oh, dang it.

I don't have a pen.

Me either.



Give me the jacket.

Hmm? Oh.

Uh... Uh...

That's my own.

That's not part of the

uniform. That's mine.

Good. Now youll

always have it on you.



- So, I'll call you?

- Yeah.

It was nice

to meet you... again.

You too.

You can definitely tell.

You can.

- Really.

- I bet your friends say something.

Twenty bucks.


- I mean, I can't tell, so I figured... - Thats because

you see you every day, shower, getting dressed...

- So do you.

- I don't see you shower or getting dressed.

I meant every day.

So far, anyways.

I know. I'm kidding.


I'd like that, though,

if... you would.


Showering and...

getting dressed, you know...

Both, if you want.

Either. Anything.

Any moment I can get with you.

That's what I'd like.

Ask and you shall receive.

So I'm asking, then.

So you shall be

receiving, then.

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Neil LaBute

Neil N. LaBute (born March 19, 1963) is an American playwright, film director, screenwriter, and actor. He is best-known for a play that he wrote and later adapted for film, In the Company of Men (1997), which won awards from the Sundance Film Festival, the Independent Spirit Awards, and the New York Film Critics Circle. He wrote and directed the films Your Friends & Neighbors (1998), Possession (2002) (based on the A.S. Byatt novel), The Shape of Things (2003) (based on his play of the same name), The Wicker Man (2006), Some Velvet Morning (2013), and Dirty Weekend (2015). He directed the films Nurse Betty (2000), Lakeview Terrace (2008), and the American adaptation of Death at a Funeral (2010). LaBute created the TV series Billy & Billie, writing and directing all of the episodes and is also creator of the TV series Van Helsing. He also directed several episodes for shows such as Hell on Wheels and Billions. more…

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