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Pretty Ugly

Ba Ba Booey


I groaned when Pat Jordan told me the Times assigned him to do a piece on the playwright, screenwriter, director, Neil LaBute.  Pat’s writing has an almost feral quality and when matched with a plump, if deserving target like LaBute, well, you know it is not going to be pretty.  I’ve seen a couple of LaBute’s movies and can’t think of one good thing to say about them.  I found them empty and vicious and completely phony.  The thought of what a hard old sharp shooter like Jordan would do with a misanthropic mo mo like LaBute was not exactly appetizing.

The story is in this week’s New York Times Magazine.  I think Pat went easy on him all considering though I don’t imagine that LaBute will see it that way.



1 unmoderated   ~  Mar 28, 2009 7:35 pm

the world needs more pat jordans.

2 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Mar 29, 2009 7:56 pm

only saw "The Shape of Things"..except for the very attractive Rachel Weisz, the film was terrible, contrived and rather pointless.

3 adaircofey   ~  Mar 29, 2009 8:28 pm

He's not Mormon (left long ago) and although his work can be misanthropic, I don't know the man in order for me to say he is, himself. I loved 'reasons to be pretty', and found that there is hope of happiness for all involved in the work. Personally, I can't bother with a journalist that seems to think personal information is more important than writing about the work and the process. If I want gossip, I'll read "People".

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