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The Shape of Things (2003)

R  96 min  -  Comedy | Drama | Romance   -  27 June 2003 (Greece)
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Users: (6,312 votes) 109 reviews | Critics: 74 reviews Metascore: 59/100 (based on 35 reviews from

Quiet, unassuming Adam is changing in a major way, thanks to his new girlfriend, art student Evelyn. Adam's friends are a little freaked by the transformation.


Neil LaBute


Neil LaBute (play), Neil LaBute (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Gretchen Mol ...
Paul Rudd ...
Rachel Weisz ...
Frederick Weller ...


While visiting an art museum, a nerdy college student named Adam meets an iconoclastic artist named Evelyn and is instantly smitten. As their relationship develops, she gradually encourages Adam to change in various ways that surprise his older friends, Jenny and Philip. However, as events progress, Evelyn's antics become darker and darker as her influence begins to twist Adam and his friends in hurtful ways. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (  

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

Friend | Student | Art | Museum | Friendship  | See more »


Seduction Is An Art


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality. See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

27 June 2003 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Fausses apparences See more »

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$173,246 (USA) (11 May 2003) (40 Screens)


$732,241 (USA) (15 June 2003)
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Technical Specs


96 min

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Is the first film directed by Neil LaBute to not star Aaron Eckhart. See more »


Evelyn: I think everyone should see themselves doing it and their friends should see it too.
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Referenced in The Door in the Floor (2004) See more »


"Riot Act"
Written by Elvis Costello
Performed by Elvis Costello and The Attractions
Courtesy of Demon Music Group, Ltd., by Elvis Costello
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User Reviews

Surprisingly surprising
4 September 2005 | by g_lovegirl3 (Bulgaria) – See all my reviews

This film was absolutely not what I expected it to be. In the first half an hour, I even got a little bored, because it seemed like the story was going nowhere. Fortunately, I got my happy ending - no, not at all a film with a happy ending, just an ending that makes the film precious! It really makes you stare at the black screen, with the cast moving in front, and think about what you've seen over and over again. Of course, the brilliant play of Rachel Weisz cannot be left unmentioned, but I think that the others did a great job as well. "The Shape of things" is a film with actually just four actors and one great idea, and trust me, it is worth seeing. I am just wondering how would I feel the second time I watch it!

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