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The 100




Wild Things
(1998)
Reviewed by John Perry
Rating: 1.5 Beans

hhh...

Finally, a movie that isn't scared to use eroticism, smut, and T&A to its advantage. It's hard to say whether you'll enjoy John McNaughton's new film, "Wild Things", or not. Many reviews I have read call the film trashy and stupid, and I totally agree with them... but I loved the movie. It's like Quentin Tarantino directing an episode of "Beverly Hills, 90210" with a little "Melrose Place" thrown in.

The storyline revolves around a trusty high school guidance counsellor Sam Lombardo (Matt Dillon). He's the perfect guy -- he gets along with his students, he's good looking, and half the town wants him in a bad way -- including slutty rich bitch Kelly (Denise Richards). However, after Kelly is left alone with Sam at his house, she files a claim that he brutally raped her. The police (led by Kevin Bacon) are convinced that she's making it up until trailer-trash snotnose bitch Suzie (Neve Campbell) also comes forward with a similar claim.

I won't go on about the story past this -- there are a half-dozen unexpected plot twists that come flying out of nowhere. And if you thought "The Usual Suspects" had a surprise ending, get a load of this one!

The reason I'm including this title in a website titled "Bad Movie Night" is because "Wild Things" is, in most respects, a bad movie. But it's not unintentionally bad, like "Showgirls" or "Striptease", but rather an amusing exercise in bad manners and bad taste. The performances are great - especially Campbell (a long-shot from the goody-two-shoes she played in "Scream" and "Party of Five"), and Richards (who changes character halfway through at the confused plot unravels).

As sex-driven film noir wannabes go, you can't beat "Wild Things".


Other reviews for this movie:

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