Girls Getting Nasty

Rating: NNNTHE BUSINESS OF STRANGERS (Patrick Stettner) functions as the female version of In The Company Of Men, with Stockard.


Rating: NNN

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)

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