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never great as it wants to be..but never as bad as some people want it to be
written by psychodrama311 May 29, 2003 - 1:26 PM PDT
1 out of 4 members found this review helpful
with a mix of sex/drugs/alcohol and a scary as hell ice pick. this testerone charged film (yes even the women in this movie are full of it) blends some of the most graphic sex scenes (this side of the atlantic) with hard charged dialogue and a plot that is mostly thrown to the side. you can tell that the screenwriter was trying to make a classic film noir here..but he didn't really succeed.. but sharon stone is very classic and as everyone knows.. she really never recovered after this movie.. she continued to play the sex star until your run in "casino".. but she is brilliant here.. as is michael douglas. definitely a movie you have to see.. to have your own opinion about.

Catherine Did It!
written by DPOWERS February 5, 2003 - 11:40 AM PST
5 out of 13 members found this review helpful
intense glam noir that replaces glances and sharp words with date rape, groping-as-backstabbing, a hundred and one neuroses, and a phallus symbol so powerful they had to include one in the box with the DVD so you could play with it yourself. get it? isn't that a clever joke? you don't think so? too bad, you've got another two hours of movie ahead of you that can't stop chuckling over it.

to their credit, the writer-director team does try explore and make explicit the power relationships on which "thrillers" are based. sharon stone's dragon slut is pretty good. but the whole thing comes off as a couple of super-rich white guys trying to tell regular people where (and how) to get off.

by the end of the movie, when breakups and misunderstandings have been turned into bloody killings, which you have been lead to think of as orgasms, the sheen of "meta" has worn off and the lot of them, including the writer and the director, look like stupid f**ing a**holes.

don't see this movie. smoke a cigarette instead. that's really what this is about, the mock horrible consequences of giving up drinking and smoking, so listen to their advice, get out there and smoke and drink and "f*ck"!

also entertaining: try matching wits with their san francisco geography! is the seacliff neighborhood really in the marin headlands? is it possible that a really big house could be at "154 divisadero"? where the hell are they?


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