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Dirty Weekend

2015

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  • The issues I had with [LaBute's In a Forest] are the same as I have with [Dirty Weekend]: unnatural sounding dialogue, a keen sense of audience manipulation, and the inevitable letdown of a story that hinges on the drawn-out revelation of a secret. There are some funny jokes, but the drama feels wrenched out of a relatively banal situation, as does the relationship between the two leads.

  • Airless visual treatment and mannered performances compound the impression that LaBute might have been better off saving this material for the stage, though it’d be a pretty tame trifle in either context.

  • Dirty Weekend appears to be his attempt at a Woody Allen sophistication. But even Allen at his most misanthropic seems to have learned more about actual filmmaking than LaBute has in 18 years behind the camera: Worse than his blandly functional images is the fact that the early scenes, especially, exude the lumbering feel of watching a filmed stage play, given the canned-feeling interplay between Broderick and Eve.