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R| 1 hr. 24 min.

Plot Summary
Julie Styron (Stockard Channing) thinks she is going to be fired, but instead discovers that she is being promoted. Trapped in an airport hotel, she wants to celebrate but finds only the company of her young assistant, Paula Murphy (Julia Stiles). As the night progresses, the two women get to know each other. They flirt, they drink, they lie; personal flaws are revealed and exposed. But at the end of the night their relationship turns and becomes a complex battle of power, authority, and wit.

Cast: Stockard Channing , Julia Stiles , Frederick Weller , Mary Testa , Jack Hallett , Marcus Giamatti , Buddy Fitzpatrick , Salem Ludwig

Director: Patrick Stettner

Genres: Drama

Distributor: IFC Films

The Business of Strangers (2001)

Release Date: December 7th, 2001|1 hr. 24 min.

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  • 90
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    A maliciously funny and keenly observant movie -- director-writer Patrick Stettner makes a potent feature debut -- that serves its humor dark and without artificial sweeteners. show more

  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Stettner approaches this material with a playwright's incisiveness and structural sense. His dialogue is cutting, often surprising. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Incorporates a range of genres -- black comedy, thriller, psychological drama -- and emerges more powerful for it. show more

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