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'''''In the Company of Men''''' is a cult 1990s independent black comedy/drama film written and directed by Creator/NeilLaBute and starring Aaron Eckhart and Matt Molloy. It tells the story of two {{Jerkass}} co-workers, Chad and Howard, who have recently been dumped by their respective girlfriend and fiancée, seeking revenge against the female gender. So Chad cooks up a scheme that involves going out with and baiting an insecure young deaf woman, then breaking up with her and emotionally destroying her. Noted for its extremely realistic and casual portrayal of misogyny and its dark character study, the film received good reviews and won the Filmmakers Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival.
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!!Tropes Used by this film include:

* AlasPoorVillain: Despite all the stuff Howard does over the course of the film, it's pretty hard not to feel sorry for him at the end when [[spoiler:Chad betrays him, gets him demoted at work, and drives him and Christine to depression]]. Unlike his partner, he DID have redeeming qualities, and a FreudianExcuse. Worse, Howard seemed to be about to make a HeelFaceTurn.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: Subverted - Christine slaps [[spoiler: Chad when he tells her what's really going on, but he remains entirely unfazed.]]
* BlackComedy
* ConsummateLiar: Chad is eerily convincing when he pretends to be in love with Christine.
* DisabledCharacterAbledActor: Deaf character Christine is portrayed by hearing actress Stacey Edwards.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Chad ends up getting off scot free, and both Howard and Christine end up emotionally broken messes]]
* ForTheEvulz: [[spoiler: Chad's reason for screwing up both Howard and Christine was his own sadistic pleasure.]]
* HeManWomanHater: Chad. Howard comes across as this initially, but redeems himself.
* InLoveWithTheMark: Howard provides a variant.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Chad got away scot-free]]
** Though to be fair the actor himself stated that Chad would end in Rehab 10 years later, and sociopaths do tend to burn out (he amasses a reputation for sadism and hurting others and now no one will trust him. So even if Karma doesn't get him in the film it may catch up to him eventually.
* {{Jerkass}}: Chad. Howard also counts, but due to how pathetic he ends up becoming, some people think of him as a JerkassWoobie. Chad comes across as a JerkWithaHeartofJerk
* ManipulativeBastard: Chad, full stop.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: The only reason why the guy who played [[spoiler: Chad]] wasn't lynched by an angry mob is that the actor is much nicer in real life.
* SmugSnake: Chad
* TheSociopath: Once again, Chad.
* SpeechCentricWork: The plot is driven forward almost entirely by spoken dialogue, with most physical actions and major plot events happening offscreen. This was in part due to budget constraints.
* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: Chad.
* TwistEnding: [[spoiler: Chad's girlfriend didn't really break up with him, ostensibly his motivation for the "game" in the first place.]]
* VillainProtagonist: Chad, and Howard at a push (though the latter might be more along the lines of an AntiHero).
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