The Pleasure of Your Company
|Programme: ||SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS|
|Director: ||Michael Ian Black|
|Time: ||90 minutes|
|Film Types: ||Colour/HDCAM |
|Production Company : GreeneStreet Films |
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: GreeneStreet Films
Executive Producer: Tim Williams, Fisher Stevens, Bruna Papandrea
Producer: John Penotti, Jamie Gordon, Sam Hoffman, Courtney Potts
Screenplay: Michael Ian Black
Cinematographer: Daniel J. Stoloff
Editor: Greg Hayden, Alan Oxman
Production Designer: Carl Sprague
Sound: Lew Goldstein
Music: Peter Nashel
Principal Cast: Jason Biggs, Isla Fisher, Joe Pantoliano, Michael Weston, Edward Herrmann, Rob Corddry
There is a special quality to Michael Ian Black's humour that's tough to define.
You might say it's a kind of self-mocking irony tinged with scatological sweetness
(if that didn't sound so silly). His talent has been central to much of what's
funny on American television these days, including "Reno 911!," his
own show "Stella" and the myriad zingers he brings to VH1's "I
Love the…" shows. That comic edge has been successfully translated to
film and nourished greatly in The Pleasure of Your Company, his feature
The film's jumping-off point is at once zany and achingly dark. Dressed like a
campy Cupid, Anderson (Jason Biggs) barges into a busy restaurant where his beautiful
blonde girlfriend is dining. In a moment meant to capture the spontaneity of love,
he proposes marriage to her. A fragile thing, she collapses of a heart attack
and dies on the spot.
Still in a pit of depression a year later, he tells his best friend, Ted (Michael
Weston), that he is doomed to live alone. But Ted argues that, hypothetically,
the waitress serving them (Isla Fisher) might make a wonderful companion for life.
Anderson takes up the dare and pops the question. To everyone's surprise, she
A zillion plot twists later, we are still guessing whether they will make it to
The Pleasure of Your Company turns on the courageous and charming performances
of Biggs and Fisher, young actors asked to stretch in entirely new ways here.
They play off each other extremely well, evoking a kind of unadorned honesty that
makes them surprisingly empathetic. The wonderful cast of supporting players contains
many of America's finest character actors, including Joe Pantoliano and Edward
Herrmann as the couple's fathers, and a sublime turn by Rob Corddry, of "The
Daily Show," as a mushy gay cop.
Bittersweet romantic comedy - especially when laced with moments of contemporary
farce - is really tough to pull off. But Black's timing and rhythm is unerringly
precise. He takes a sophisticated, adult approach to situations that might otherwise
yield cheap laughs. And it really pays off.
- Noah Cowan
Michael Ian Black grew up in Hillsborough, New Jersey and studied acting
at New York University. An actor and writer, his career began on the MTV show
"The State." He also co-created, co-wrote and performed in the series
"Viva Variety" and appeared in "Random Play," "Ed,"
"Spy TV" and VH1's "I Love the…", as well as in the cult
comedy film Wet Hot American Summer (01). In 2005, he created, wrote and
performed in the Comedy Central television series "Stella." The Pleasure
of Your Company (06) is his feature directorial debut.