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A Painting By Numbers Thriller Which Promised To Be So Much More
Single White Female (DVD)
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Single White Female (DVD)
Date: 20/07/01, updated on 20/07/01 (72 review reads)
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Single White Female promises to be far more than it ultimately turns out to be even before the movie even opens in earnest. A look along the credits on the video sleeve shows Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh in the main roles and Barbet Schroeder in the director's chair, a combination which should have resulted in a superb thriller. Unfortunately, whilst on the surface this movie looks damn good, it simply fails to capture the imagination and is ultimately disappointingly lazy, recycling the generic psychopath scenario yet again before closing with a predictable ending.
Bridget Fonda plays Alison Jones, a New York woman living on her own now that she has kicked out her boyfriend Sam(Steven Weber) for an act of infidelity. Feeling down, but in desperate need of a new room mate so that she can afford to stay in her New York appartment she begins interviewing prospective candidates, seemingly coming across the perfect answer in Hedra Carson(Jennifer Jason Leigh). The two get on perfectly, but when Sam re-enters her life the jealousy shown by Hedra to his presence can best be described as disturbing. She decides to check out her new roomate's background, finally checking out the references she gave and finds that she is not all that she seems. In fact, she is little more than a psychopath, who, having lost her twin sister at birth is looking for a replacement which she believes she has found in Alison. She starts wearing er clothes, styling her hair the same, even going after her boyfriend to be like her...but ultimately she is a typical movie psycho killing everything which stands in her way and covering her tracks so that no one suspects her - other than the main character of course...
To say that this movie isn't very good would be too harsh, because it certainly isn't that bad. The criticism I would make is that it isn't as good as it ought to be considering the names involved in its production. Considering these factors
it is lazy, sloppy and generally a huge disappointment. It is distinctly average in this rather over-populated genre, which simply isn't good enough. Yes, its watchable, and if you are a fan of this kind of thing, then you'll enjoy it, but you'll have seen it all before - there is nothing new here. We are also asked to swallow a few rather gaping holes in the plot and believe that Allison is either extraordinarily tolerant or just plain stupid in her continued acceptance of Hedra's activities and the weight of the evidence against her. You might ask yourself who is the most unhinged at some points, my vote is with Alison for accepting thing with only a frown or a comment...nobody would behave like this surely? Well, however implausible this may be, and how out badly observed anything which takes place outside the appartment is, Single White Female still offers a fair number of suspenseful moments and shocks in it running length. All concerned act their parts well, and technically the shoot is pretty much faultless as you would expect from Schroeder...if a little glossy for my liking. Its not a bad movie, it just offers nothing new so if you can handle a painting by numbers thriller then check it out, its an average example of the genre...