Actors: Rachel Weisz, Paul Rudd, Gretchen Mol
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about The Shape of Things|
|While working as a security guard at a museum, Adam (Paul Rudd) meets Evelyn Ann Thompson (Rachel Weisz) when she crosses over the velvet rope surrounding a statue. Evelyn refuses to step away when Adam asks her to move away. They strike up a conversation and Adam asks for her number and she spray paints it on his jacket. They start to double date with Adam's friends Philip (Fred Weller) and Jenny (Gretchen Mol) who are getting married. They noticed that he has lost some weight and gotten a haircut. Back at Philips apartment Evelyn and Philip get into a heated argument and this begins the strain between the four of them. Later on, Jenny calls Adam to talk and she kisses him. Philip finds out and confronts Adam then Evelyn finds out and she confronts both Adam and Jenny. After Adam learns that Philip and Jenny have broken up. This leads to a climactic ending where Evelyn reveals that her relationship with Adam was just an art project.
--Bobby Blades, Resident Scholar
|Adam (Rudd) is a slightly overweight, nerdy guy with very low self-esteem who meets a grad student named Evelyn (Weisz) who sees past his appearance to his inner qualities and character. They begin a relationship and as it progresses Adam becomes more confident and changes his appearance (contact lenses, weight loss, a nose job) to satisfy Evelyn's wishes. This in turn mystifies his friends who question Evelyn's motives. Evelyn is devoted to her studies and unbeknownst to Adam, has chosen him as her latest art project.
--Patti Illsley, Resident Scholar
|Paul Rudd plays Adam, a nerdy, unfashionable, sweet guy who falls for a ravishing art student, Evelyn (Weisz). Evelyn soon turns Adam's life upside-down: she gives him a makeover (he even goes so far as to have some plastic surgery done), alienates him from his best friends, and makes him more confident. But in the end it's revealed that Evelyn hadn't really fallen for Adam. In fact, she never loved him one single bit. She was just using him as the basis of her biggest art project yet. In an painful scene, the truth is revealed to Adam in front of an entire room of people. Adam's confrontation of Evelyn ends the movie and his transformation from meek geek to angry, betrayed lover is astonishing.
--Karen Choy, Resident Scholar
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Time/era of movie:
Kind of romance:
- dating someone for bet/gag
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- brunette (Black)
- (man) short/standard wavey
- (man) average
Events of movie makes character more...
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor?
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
Secondary Main Character
- brunette (Black)
- (woman) medium/shoulderlgn wavey
- (woman) average
- White (American)
- general circumstances
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Movie makes you feel...
Sex/nudity in movie?
What kind of sex:
- sex under blankets
- Some foul language
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