It originally premiered as a play at Brigham Young University in 1993, where it received an award from the Association for Mormon Letters. The success of the play convinced LaBute to adapt it into a film. The film was shot on location entirely in Fort Wayne, Indiana, over a period of two weeks at the cost of $25,000.
A commentary on modern misogyny and corporate culture, the film revolves around two male coworkers, "Chad," played by Eckhart, and "Howard," played by Malloy. Angry and frustrated with women in general, the men plot to maliciously toy with the emotions of a deaf female subordinate.
LaBute won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay.