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Genre: Crime & Thriller - Thriller / Theatrical Release: 1998 / Director: Peter Berg / Actors: Christian Slater, Cameron Diaz ... / DVD released 15 August, 2005 at Universal Pictures UK / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, PAL

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      18.02.2010 16:05
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      excelent black comedy

      Okay, first things first. This film is a black comedy. That means it will offend and upset some people. It is also unrealistic meaning there are flaws. get over them and you are in for a treat.

      The film starts with a very dodgy piano vwerison of Here Comes the Bride followed by a crahsing of chords. Like 'The Hangover' recently thisis about a group of guys goingto Vegas for a batchelor party leaving behind a neurotic witch of a bride and the other respective partners. You will recognise a lot of the cast though at the time a lot of them were not as well known.

      When in Vega the guys party hard and there are copious drug and alcohal fueld scenes with very little meaningful dialogue. Then the stripper arrives. The groom refuses to take part and his pal takes her into the bathroom where he 'slips' and promptly hangs the stripper on the hook by her head. Shortly after she falls off. Then security comes in and just when you think all is well he spots the body.........and is quickly executed.

      What follows is the collateral damage including disposing of bodies to suit everyones religous beliefs, pep talks to motivate the mates to keep quiet, and the cover ups required when a missing persons ad is seen.

      Meanwhile Cameron Diaz is still trying to plan her wedding oblivious of anyone but herself. As the cracks show more of the pals get killed and enventually on her wedding day Miss Diaz looses it and orders her husband to tie up the loose ends.

      Lets just say she doesn't get the fairy tale ending. the film is clever, sometomes too clever but it keeps it's tongue in cheek and never plays it for laughs. it is a black comedy. Christian Slater is on top form as he often was around this film and several before as the lunatic best friend but Cameron Diaz's final shot will have you laughing out loud.

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        18.01.2010 17:20
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        Not exactly "Very Bad", but not Very Good either

        A group of friends go out to Las Vegas to celebrate the last day of Jon Favreau's life not married. They do the usual bachelor party things. There's plenty of alcohol, some of the guys take cocaine, the others hire strippers and everyone is having a great time, except possibly Jon Favreau. Then it all goes to hell when the stripper is killed in the bathroom. How it happens it doesn't matter, what matters is that there's a dead stripper on the floor. Deciding it is in the spirit of Las Vegas to bury dead strippers the gang begin to do that, when who comes in but the security. The gang have no choice but to kill him, too. Or rather, Christian Slater kills him while everyone else watches horrified.

        The main plot of the film actually happens after they return from Vegas. It details how each of the characters are affected by this, and how they deal with having killed and buried two people.

        If this is sounding like a drama or thriller to you, then you're in the same mindset as me when I saw it. It is funny, I'll grant, but at the end of the day a lot of the laughs seem forced and mostly you end up cringing at things which were just not meant to ever be funny. The film seems to try so hard to do black humour that it makes the viewer a bit uncomfortable in doing so.

        Don't get me wrong it's not a bad film or anything, it just seems a little forced and unnatural. There's plenty of shouting, swearing and general discomfort around the gang and it results in the audience feeling a bit queezy from it, too. Not even from the blood, either

        Aside from that, it still makes for entertaining viewing, and yes there are plenty of genuine laughs, but only if you can get past those little contrived moments. And there's plenty of blood, of course.

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        19.07.2009 02:31
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        A decent but mottled film

        Taken as a serious thriller, which I presume many have done, Very Bad Things is a pretty shoddy and melodramatic affair. Whilst it may sometimes be difficult to discern, this is, in fact, a very, very dark comedy, that pokes fun at silly suburbanites and their pathetic indulgences. When a hooker is killed at a bachelor party weekend in Vegas, five men are faced with a choice - confess to the cops and hope for the best, or cover up the evidence. They choose the latter, and so open up an even bigger can of worms that results in a huge pile of bodies, broken friendships, and a whole world of hurt before the end credits hit.

        The film's main problem is that it never hits a target full on - the humourous bent isn't pungent enough to satisfy everyone, and so it just seems like a very grim and mean-spirited thriller for a lot of its runtime. Still, if the ludicrous finale doesn't convince you it's meant to be taken with its tongue rooted firmly in its cheek, then nothing will. This is among the grimmest comedies ever made, but it has an impressive cast that do some appropriately crazed, pulpy interpretations of the material, perhaps best of all Cameron Diaz in an early role as the crazed Bridezilla.

        A comedy so dark you'll have to search to find the laughs, Very Bad Things is an uneven but entertaining yarn thanks to a solid ensemble cast. Peter Berg's script doesn't properly nail the smart satirical bent that it aims for, but the film's unapologetic absurdity somewhat compensates for this.

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        17.09.2008 00:29
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        Slater & Diaz in feel bad movie

        OK firstly the cast. Cameron Diaz who does pretty much nothing for a large amount of the movie. Christian Slater totally type cast as a mad idiot, one of the burglars from Home Alone (he's also in City Slickers), a guy who was in Alien Resurrection, a guy who was in Friends as a boyfriend. The grand total of 2 people whose names I knew & the rest were faces I half recognized from other films or TV.

        It's a movie about a drunken stag weekend in Vegas where one thing goes wrong and ruins lots of people's lives from that point onwards.

        I really can't see how the hooker was killed, she has something in the back of her head, obviously a drunken accident during frantic sex. Why they didn't call the police right away? Everyone apart from 1 man and the hooker were in the same room. They were all drunk. As soon as they start planning the cover-up they are incriminating themselves.

        Call the police, CSI go over the crime scene and work out what happened. The only person worrying about the drugs is the only person who took any. It wasn't murder but as soon as they start planning to cover it up and hide the body then they are committing a crime.

        They argue that long that Hotel security turn up. Legally he hasn't got the right to stroll in the room so the drugs he sees are inadmissible as evidence. Christian Slater then attacks him with a corkscrew (once he spots the dead hooker) and kills him so right now he's guilty of murder, drugs offenses & also conspiracy to conceal a crime.

        The idiots then clean up the crime scene, cut up the bodies and bury them in the desert. Have these chaps never seen CSI Las Vegas? The desert shifts and moves, things uncover eventually. All the bull going on in the desert, separating their bodies and fighting and praying. How did no-one drive past and notice what they were doing? The newspaper reports the missing security guard and everyone suddenly goes mad. Seeing a police officer drives one of the men to paranoia. His children screaming for candy, he should have just got into the van and driven away. It would have prevented all the crap that happened inside.

        Adam is succumbing to more paranoia at the wedding rehearsal dinner. Seeing as he was the only person who wanted to call the police from the 1st moment. The voice of sense, but calling the guy getting married (Mike) a murderer was a bit too much. It was an accident, wet floor, drugs, drink.

        Mike hitting the mini-van was totally pointless and lying to the police about arguing was also pointless. Killing Mike or is it Adam (we can't tell who is who, that's how easy the film is to follow. Especially with 2 actors who looks so physically alike) shortly after wards, utterly pointless. The film has gone from the stupid to the ridiculous.

        From here the whole religious aspect start getting a bit too intense. It just degrades into a bunch of Angry men shouting at each other, being too intense and fooling themselves into the illusion they did nothing wrong.

        The brother seriously over-acts unhappy at the funeral. Then another shouting match, the film is basically a large collection of shouting matches. The guy who died had left a note confessing to the whole killing of the hooker and security guy to his widow.

        They then lie to the widow telling her a modified version of the actual events. It's obvious from the look on his face Slater was going to kill the widow. I don't see why he then kills her husband to cover him killing her. Right there should be where the other men who are alive should have turned on Slater and killed him or turned him in. After all it's him that suggests the cover up and screams to not call the police and he killed the hotel guard.

        During a session with a lawyer the guy getting married confesses everything to his fiancé.

        Finally we reach the wedding. Diaz kills Slater (apparently) but he overcomes what looked like having his head crushed with a coat stand and it's Cameron's turn to become a heartless killer sending hubby out to kill the final friend who knows, bury him & Slater and lose the dog they've acquired through the death of Mike & his widow.

        He almost kills the friend but their involved in a head-on crash traveling back. The friend is thrown through both car windscreen and the guy loses his legs some how. Why he and his wife end up caring for the friend is beyond me but the weak ending tops off a generally weak film that was never going any where anyway.

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        17.11.2002 18:19
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        Are you easily shocked? If you are, then this is certainly not the film for you, as it it does not spare you from gory details or questionable actions. I first saw this film when it was released in 1998, but this weekend I watched it again, and I just have to review it for all of you here, because it is so good you have to watch it, as long as you are not prone to taking things too much to heart. At the time of release it really didn't create much publicity, but since it's general release it has gained a small cult like following. The film centres around the activities of Kyle Fisher (Jon Faverau) and his stag night before his impending marriage to his demanding fiancee Laura Garretty (Cameron Diaz). Kyle and his friends decide to go to Las Vegas for a one last blow out before he becomes a married man. His friends are Robert Boyd (Christian Slater), an estate agent with a controlling streak, introvert Charles Moore (Leland Orser), and brothers Michael and Adam Berkow (Jeremy Piven and Daniel Stern). On arriving in Las Vegas, Kyle's friends have booked a stripper (Carla Scott) as their in room entertainment. The group drink too much and take drugs, so that when the stripper arrives they are all pretty wasted. Michael starts to get very friendly with the stripper and they go to the bathroom to get even friendlier, but it is here that the film takes a turn onto a different path. I will not tell you how, but the friend unintentionally kills the stripper. While the group are freaking out, Robert takes charge and decides to attempt the first of many plans in order to cover up the death, which is to take the body out to the desert and bury it after they have cleaned up the bathroom. However, it is not this simple, as they are discovered by a hotel security guard, and the only way they can see of getting out of it, is to kill him too!! Finally, they manage to dispose of the bodies, and return home to the lives they had before the murders.....on
        ly none of them are managing to deal with the guilt. The guilt affects them all in different ways, and they become paranoid, and convinced that their friends are going to turn on them, which results in them all turning on each other, which results in some hilarious, admittedly over the top scenes. It is here were are introduced to Adam's wife Lois (Jeanne Tripplehorn), who is obsessed with a certain candy bar, and who ignores her husband most of the time, then starts to accuse him of things which come nowhere near to what he has actually been involved in. The film refuses to be politically correct, and at times will leave the more sensitive viewer quite shocked, and whilst I was mildy perturbed by some scenes, the majority just made me laugh. Does that make me morbid? I think probably not, as I know it is not real and is pure fiction! Directed by newcomer Peter Berg, who gives the whole film a very dark feel, whilst also making sure that the clever plotlines were timed to perfection, and the constant twists and turns keeps the viewer guessing right until the end. He pulls out all the stops to give the viewer and original, and refreshing look at how black comedy's can be, but still managing to have a shock value with some pretty gory scenes in the middle of the movie. Christian Slater is always better when he steers away from the leading man roles, and enters the world of dark humour (see Heathers for more evidence of this). Cameron Diaz is surprisingly good in her portrayal of the Jeckyll and Hyde character Laura, who will stop at nothing to get her dream wedding, and who turns out to be more deranged than any of the male characters, and reminds me much of her performance in 'The Last Supper'. Go on give it try!

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          16.08.2002 18:58
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          To be honest before I watched this film I didn't know what Black Comedy was, but now I get it, I think! It is when something isn't funny but is through the sickness and twisted way of funniness. It doesn't have you p***ing you self with laughter but makes you laugh in disgust kind of I think. I thought this film was quite good but a bit sick at some points. One thing that put me off is some parts had topless women, and being a female, who likes men, didn't enjoy these parts of the film. I think they could have at least balanced it out with some naked men! This film also had a few scenes, which filled me with disgust as they had blood. Let me start from the beginning: Laurry Garrety (Cameron Diaz) wants the wedding of her dreams. As she says, ‘she has waited 27 years for it and nothing is going to spoil it’. Not even when her husband to be Kyle Fisher (Jon Favreau) is thrown a Bachelor party by his mates (Christian Slater, Daniel Stern, Jeremy Piven and Leland Orser) in Las Vegas. The party has your average booze, gambling, stripper and also some drugs. The party is going fine apart when the stripper, who is also a prostitute, is accidentally killed. Then instead of ringing the police they decide to bury the body alone in the desert. Except when they bury her she is not alone, another victim joins her. This then sends them on a comic homicidal trail in which they don’t all survive. This film was given an 18 certificate and rightly so. It has frequent, strong language and violence and is quite bloody. There is one strong scene of sex as well. I would recommend watching this film but I think it depends who you are as to what you will think of it. This film lasts for 96 minutes and has been described as “Switchblade-sharp, brilliantly played, hysterical stuff” by Sky. Nick Fisher from the sun said “If you liked ‘Something About
          Mary’ then ‘Very Bad Things’ could well wet your sponge…Brilliant”. Total film described it as “Hilarious, Gruesome, Superb Cast, razor Sharp. I would say together these statements make up the film. I thought that this film was unrealistic but realistic at the same time. I can’t imagine certain things happening but I can see how the get into the trap of once killers, carrying on, mainly by accident and not thinking it through.

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            29.05.2001 00:38
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            Very Bad Things is Peter Berg's directorial debut, his script is evil, disturbing, and in some scenes just a little too much, but he manages to keep a smirk while delivering this very dark comedy. Very Bad Things is about very bad people: not one person in the film is redeemable. Jon Favreau stars as a soon-to-be husband whose friends throw a bachelor party, which is filled with sex, drugs and alcohol. But things start to go bad; the prostitute is killed, and so it is decided and planned mostly by Christian Slater that the body is disposed of and the whole thing forgotten. That's when the movie really takes off, the friends start panicking, led by a frantic Daniel Stern. Peter Berg knows how to control his cast, and though the subject matter at times seems more grave than funny, some scenes are just too well-done to not laugh, especially when the cast turns on each other and is allowed to vent full blast. Christian Slater is in top form as the maniacal, lowbrow, and often very funny lead in the entire debacle. And there is also an appearance from Cameron Diaz. Fans of black comedy will like this film but this is the kind of movie that you will walk away from scratching your head, wondering what it was you just watched. If you like movies that walk the line between comedy and gore, this certainly qualifies. But unless you have a ruthlessly sick sense of humor, steer clear of this movie.

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              23.04.2001 21:20
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              I'm not sure how to describe Very Bad Things, its frighteningly dark in some places but satirical and funny in others. It a very enjoyable movie despite its gruesome elements and i would certainly recommend it to anyone.....as long as you didnt have a fragile constitution. Its Christian Slater and Cameron Diaz amongst others and all in all there is very high standard of acting. I havent seen Diaz in anything i liked her better in. The story centres around a group of friends who go on a stag weekend, do a lot of drugs and accidently kill a hooker. And their weekend goes down hill from there...of course they dont call the police..they decide to deal with things themselves.... When they return home, the wedding is approaching and no one is coping very well with what they did..tensions soon flare leading to disaster. But Diaz wants her wedding and it goes ahead regardless of the calamity erupting around it, with some grizzly happenings. I wont spoil the end for you but its definitely a surprise. I saw this movie on Valentines day, but its not exactly a cheery movie nor is it one for the whole family. Its dark, fast moving and energetic. Christian Slater carries off his role brilliantly as does Cameron Diaz and you will be guessing to the last about who will be left...... Fun movie, a bit bloody at times.

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              21.03.2001 23:37
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              The key to this film is to understand its genre. Black comedy, whilst appealing to some, can often offend or shock many who are not particularly familiar with its concept. Before watching, it's good to take into consideration the fact that; a) it's not real, it's just a story b) the cast is full of highly rated actors who chose to do this film because it's different c) remember to take it with a pinch of salt! and you'll realise the true genious of this concept for a film. Cameron Diaz and Christian Slater lead an all-star cast, including many other powerful Hollywood names, in this lavishly dark tale. Yes, some of the scenes are not particularly ethical, but it's not meant to be happy and well-balanced. "Very Bad Things" combines its humour with a more realsitic edge of following the lives of a group of friends who went to Las Vegas on a stag party only to end up in deep trouble. On returning home things get out of control and they all lose it with each other, leading to some suprising situations. If you fool around, there'll be tears before bedtime! An assortment of accidental deaths and cold-blooded murders can lay heavy on your mind when you're trying to sleep, and one by one the characters lose their patience, sanity and rational control which can only be disastrous if you are keeping a secret... The real twist is at the end, when you realise that things are not what they appear to be all through the film and you are back to looking at it from the humourous aspect again. The only downfall is that it's such a powerful storyline that one can become so absorbed in the characters, that the events are shocking, if not harrowing if you take the whole concept too seriously. It could be described as a thriller/comedy but if you take a step back, watch with an open mind, you can then, and only then appreciate the true beau
              ty of this hilarious film. It's refreshing to find a film that isn't run of the mill and that actually dares to take comedy from a different perspective than the norm.

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                18.02.2001 19:33
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                As the title of this film suggests, Very Bad Things is overflowing with people doing very bad things. The film stars Cameron Diaz who plays Laura Garrety who is getting married to Kyle Fisher, played by Jon Favreau. Laura is obsessed with her wedding day and won't let anyone or anything get in the way of her dream day. She loves her wedding day more than she loves her fiance. As with all weddings, the men have to have a 'stag night' so Jon and his buddies (Christian Slater, Daniel Stern, Jeremy Piven and Leland Orser) decide to go to Las Vegas for an unforgettable bachelor party. When in Vegas, all the men are happily drinking and snorting cocaine in their hotel room. Unknown to Jon, they had arranged a stripper to pay them a visit. She arrives, and after her performance one of Jon's buddies decides he wants more and takes her into the bathroom. He accidentally kills her. Instead of calling the police, Boyd (Christian Slater) thinks it would be better to dispose of her in the dessert. From here on in, the film jumps on a train heading for dark-comedy town. As if things couldn't get any worse after the death of the stripper, but they do. If you enjoy a good Quentin Tarrintino film, you would surely love this. It is a superb story performed by an equally brilliant all-star cast.

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                Could this be the worst movie I've ever seen? This was recommended to me by a friend several months ago, he told me that it was very funny, and as I'd just been to Vegas I'd love it...he couldn't have been more wrong. The film basically centres around an American stag night, when a car load of lads head to Vegas for a wild weekend - and wild it is. Without spoiling the plot, I can safely say that when the first thing goes horrifically wrong, you cringe, but carry on watching thinking that it must get funnier and better...but things just get grosser and more unwatchable. In the film's favour, I will say that I can see that it could be a kind of cult film that some people find compelling. It stars Christian Slater, and if you're a fan of his other movies, you might well like this. It is definatly a 'black comedy' - but watch only if you have a strong stomach!

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                  Watched this one on Sky the other day and I'm still undecided as to whether or not I liked it or not. I thought perhaps writing an opinion on it might help so here goes. Very Bad Things is set around the stag night and wedding of Kyle Fisher (Jon Favreau) and Laura Garrety (Cameron Diaz). Kyle goes to Vegas with 4 buddies for his stag night and things go very wrong. One of his friends accidentally kills the stripper while getting jiggy with her in the bathroom. Christian Slater's character takes charge and they decide to dispose of the body in the desert and clean up the evidence. But then a hotel security guy turns up and finds the body so Slater kills him as well. They bury the bodies but the guilt starts getting to them and one by one they start killing each other. Even Cameron Diaz gets in on the action at the end. Why I wasn't sure about this film is that I'm not entirely sure what type of film it's supposed to be. It could be a black comedy as some of the things which happen could be seen as humorous. But again I wasn't convinced it was supposed to be humorous and I doubt if most people would find it funny. I'm not sure what that says about my sense of humour but there you go. The good points about Very Bad Things are Christian Slater and a storyline that keeps you guessing all the way. Slater plays the controlling character in the group who no one really likes but his performance is very good. The last film I wrote about, EdTV, was the complete opposite to Very Bad Things. After half an hour you knew exactly what was going to happen. With Very Bad Things you've no idea what direction the film's going in next. Diaz is very underused in her role as the bride who wants the perfect wedding and will do anything to get it. She goes missing for a big chunk of the film in the middle and I'm very surprised to see one of Hollywood's biggest actresses taking a role like this. So, do
                  I like the film? Well yes and no. It's not really what I expected but if you're after watching something different this could well be you're cup of tea.

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                    'Very Bad Things' is absolutely riddled with flaws: the characters are repellent, the construction lazy, and the message slightly off-kilter. Are we supposed to be horrified by these people, or simply enjoy the catalogue of sex and (mainly) violence? While virulently satirising the greed, stupidity and petty prejudices of white middle class men, it also expresses some of that feeling, if unconciously. But for one thing, it is savagely, horribly funny. Once the loathsome bunch of stag weekenders are forced to deal with a dead stripper in a Vegas hotel room, everything goes horribly, violently wrong, and as bad as you think it can get, it gets worse. Cameron Diaz and Christian Slater match each other scene for scene, competing for the title of most bonkers performance (Cameron wins it, ditching her glam image with a relish that is palpable). The murders pile up and up, leaving virtually all of the cast dead by the end of the film. It's not a film you warm to, and it could have been tighter and more intelligent. But if only for the final scene, which is one of the most Swiftian pieces of social satire I have ever seen in a movie, this is a classic slice of misanthropy, seething with disgust about its fellow human beings. If you can take it, it's a very savage ride.

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                    Okay, straight to the point this film is *************. Hubby went to the video store to rent a movie, as you do when you go to a video store! He remembered I am a fan of Christian Slater and he doesn't mind Cameron Diaz so he thought he had got a film which would suit us both. How wrong he was. It started off as a black comedy and was not too bad, lots of bad language - but hey, it's a new millenium, but then the plot gets stranger and sicker. If you are a fan of Tarantino then this is your type of film, but if you thought it was a comedy or drama - WRONG it is a depraved sick film. I only watched 15mins and had to stop as the violence made me feel sick to the stomach. All thats left to say is I am sooooo shocked Christian stared in a film like this and if he does anymore I will not rejoin his fan club.

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