The Vicious Kind is an examination of a broken family coming together for Thanksgiving which ultimately stands above and beyond most indie family dysfunctional dramas because of it's piercing portrait of a man whose cynicism and hatred have peaked to the point where his emotional state is chaos. This film is without a doubt Caleb's story. It's not your typical role for Adam Scott, as this fractured soul Caleb, but he really gives a brilliant performance that anyone who is a fan of him should see without question. We learn slowly that Caleb's absolute hatred towards woman stems from mistrust after his past relationships left him emotional damaged. This is something that is very apparent from the outset of the film, and as we progress through the story we learn and experience new elements which help give more insight into the character. His timidness around woman also creates a true fearfulness of feeling connection, as if he fears getting emotionally ravaged yet again. As his attraction grows towards his brother's sister, he becomes very aggressive and almost spiteful towards her for making him have such feelings. It's a really fitting decision for a man whose sanity appears to be dangling from a ledge at this point. The film just feels really honest about the dysfunctional family dynamics which are on display and the script has a great balance of the drudgery and comic moments. I could see some people having minor issues with some of the plot points, but it didn't bother me at all, ultimately, cause of how much I liked Caleb's character.
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