Let me just say that Neil LaBute is fucked up... and I love him for it.Some of the stuff that is written (and I hope not experienced) and put into this movie is just really fucked up. Mr. LaBute must be a complete freako, or can at least realate to one.
The story follows, mainly, Ben "There's Something about Mary, MTV Music Awards" Stiller and Aaron "I look nothing like myself from 'In the Company of Men'" Eckhart. They are best friends, and are each suffering from relational strife caused by their inability to give a good rompping.
And then... there's Jason Patric, who plays Cary. And Cary is the reason why I say Neil LaBute is one dirty boy. If you thought Aaron Eckart's 'Barry' was one knaving bastard, then Cary was his daddy and taught him a little of what he knows. Jason Patric's performance is the highlight of the movie. Its work getting through the couple of slow moving points just to see his work. I would love to see LaBute make another asshole character in the future just so Patric can play it. Hey... there's nothing wrong with a little type-casting.
Oh and one more thing... Ben Stiller is ugly. I never thought so before. I'm a big fan of his and everything, but in this movie he is just plain ugly. And he's having sex while being ugly, so that doesn't help matters. But Jason Patric is a hunk (not a personal opinion, just a fact). So, he makes up for it... if you care about such things.All in all, good to great performances all around. The quintessential "do not take your significant other to this movie" movie. Trust me. You'll never have sex again.