Most of us have loved a book passionately. There are at least five or ten that I have read more than twice, and inevitably I end up considering how it might adapt to film. And for all the things that might work, and for all the things that certainly wouldn’t, the two elements that most often keep a book from serious consideration for adaptation are length and structure. Books don’t work on a timeline, nor are they constrained by acts. Regardless of the merits of either genre, the gap between the two feels evident here, as Brief Interviews with Hideous Men seems often confused and unsure of its legs as a motion picture.