Rating: NNNTHE BUSINESS OF STRANGERS (Patrick Stettner) functions as the female version of In The Company Of Men, with Stockard.
THE BUSINESS OF STRANGERS (Patrick Stettner) functions as the female version of In The Company Of Men, with Stockard Channing as a travel-weary executive and Julia Stiles as an underling with an agenda of her own. It’s worth seeing for the actors, particularly the perennially underused Channing, whose bitterness here is hard-won, and the director has made excellent use of Stiles’s tantalizing blankness. There’s a genuine sense of the empty, depersonalized spaces of corporate America, all airports and hotel lounges. But the picture’s a bit of a tease, offering possibilities that it never quite delivers, and it lacks the structuring obsessiveness of Neil Labute’s pictures or the psychological warp of David Fincher’s game films. 84 minutes. NNN (JH)