Julie Styron, Stockard Channing, is Vice President of a company; she spends her time in boardrooms, airports, hotels. Julie has no personal life; and, the result of success in this dog-eat-dog world, is that she’s as tough as nails. When she learns that her boss plans to meet her during her current nation-wide tour, she’s afraid that he might be about to fire her. To make matters worse, her new and inexperienced assistant, Paula, Julia Stiles, arrives late for an important appointment. Julia fires her, but later, as a result of flight delays, she finds herself thrown together with the younger woman, and a bond develops between them. The Business Of Strangers has been described as a variation on In The Company Of Men, from a female perspective, and it certainly shares with Neil LaBute’s film a very dark and disenchanted look at the corporate world. Writer director Patrick Stettner has produced an extremely edgy film, a film filled with tension. The late arrival of a man, a professional headhunter who was alledgedly once involved in rape, finally turns these businesswomen into avenging angels. Both Stockard Channing and Julia Stiles are excellent in these roles, Stiles, so good in Save The Last Dance and other films, is probably the best young actress of her generation. And plenty of credit goes to Stettner for his stylish approach to this exceedingly tense and intelligent drama.