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Very Bad Things (DVD)
Member Name: Sparky101
Very Bad Things (DVD)
Date: 22/11/00, updated on 22/11/00 (160 review reads)
Advantages: Something different, good performance by Slater
Disadvantages: Won't appeal to all, doesn't really know what sort of film it wants to be
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.
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.