Not brief enough, Brief Interviews With Hideous Men purports to offer a candid and illuminating examination of male views on women, on sex, on relationships.
Instead, what this arid and arty exercise offers is the opportunity for a bunch of actors, many of them tethered to TV series, to deliver theatrical monologues pulsing with misogyny and narcissism. It's like second-rate Neil Labute.
Listening to, and recording, the interview subjects is a quiet, thoughtful graduate student - Julianne Nicholson's Sara - determined to pin the male psyche down for her doctoral thesis, like an insect collector with her specimens. The fact that Sara has recently broken off with her partner only adds to the tricky complexities of the project.