Picks and Pans Review: Your Friends & Neighbors
If the folks onscreen were really your friends and neighbors, it would be time to hightail it out of town as fast as you could load the U-Haul.
Your Friends & Neighbors is Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) for a nastier, uglier age. This provocative domestic drama follows the couplings, uncouplings and sexual peccadillos of six thirtysomethings, some married and some single, as they lie, cheat, deceive, one-up and just plain hurt each other, sometimes intentionally, sometimes not. With nimble performances by the entire cast, the movie has amusing moments (Keener chiding Stiller for talking during sex) but many more that are discomforting (Patric's monologue about raping someone in high school is far scarier than anything in Scream). Friends was written and directed by Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men); no one is likely to accuse him of looking on the bright side. (R)
Bottom Line: Mr. Rogers would never, ever, recognize this neighborhood