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      29.05.2010 15:10
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      Movie Length: 110 minutes
      Category: Thriller
      Year: 1998
      Director: John McNaughton
      Language: English
      Country: United States
      Extras: Yes

      Actors:
      Matt Dillon as Sam Lombardo
      Kevin Bacon as Ray Duquette Sergeant
      Neve Campbell as Suzie Marie Toller
      Theresa Russell as Sandra Van Ryan
      Denise Richards as Kelly Lanier Van Ryan
      Bill Murray as Kenneth Bowden

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      The story is set in the coastal town of Blue Blay at high school. Sam Lombardo works here as a counsellor and certainly gets noticed by the girls attending the school. Only these girls all come from rich families, because many of the residents of Blue Bay are rich. One of these girls is Kelly, daughter of Sandra Ryan a beautiful girl and certainly not shy around men. Kelly is accustomed to getting her way and wants to get Sam. One day she tries to seduce him while washing his car. Only the story takes a dramatic turn when the next day Kelly goes to the police accusing Sam of raping her! The mother is fuming and wants to get Sam by everything that she can. She gets the best lawyer in town and sues him, but Sam doesn't give up that easily and gets a lawyer himself and the police continue their investigation. Only when another girl turns up with the story that she got raped by Sam, it's seems clear that he's guilty, but the story takes an unexpected turn, no one had seen it coming and nothing is what it seems!

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      Only after watching the movie I really realized how many famous people have played in this film. You have Matt Dillon in the role of Sam, but also a Neve Campbell, Denise Richards and Bill Murray. Matt is playing the role of the teach who every attractive girls are looking at. He comes across a little bit simple as one of the poorer members of the town and you quickly get the idea that he's jealous. Matt plays a great part and is credible. Nothing special, just good. Denise Richards plays the role of Kelly and really stands out with her seductive behaviour. She plays well and certainly seems born for this role, but here and there in terms of acting she could have been a little bit stronger. More credible I think is Neve Campbell in the role of Suzie. Suzie is a poor girl living in a caravan and doesn't look exactly smart. She seems very confused and weak. Neve plays this role very well and is credible. Fun to watch.

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      There are several extras on the DVD including commentary from director John McNaughton among others. I was certainly curious as to what he had to say about this movie and must say that he provides nice commentary with sufficient background information about the film. Furthermore, there is not really something special in terms of extras. Only three deleted scenes, not really worth it and a trailer for the film.

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      Wild Things is a good movie and fun to watch, but definitely not suitable for children. 16 years and older seems more suitable. The film is a good thriller with some erotic tension between Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell and Denise Richards. The story seems simple in the beginning and a little bit standard, but halfway through the film takes a turn and gets more fun and original, making the story much more interesting. The extras are a bit dull, but nice commentary. DVD is definitely a must!

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        05.04.2010 23:46
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        Overall, a decent enough movie

        Wild Things was originally released in 1998 and I watched it a few years ago now on DVD. The movie is essentially a mystery/drama with a few twists and turns throughout. Directed by John NcNaughton and starring Matt Dillon, Denise Richards, Neve Campbell and Kevin Bacon amongst others in the main roles this is an enjoyable film, although not for younger viewers.

        The plot for the movie surrounds Sam Lombardo played by Matt Dillon. He is a high school guidance counsellor based in Florida. One of the students of this school is Kelly Van Ryan played by Denise Richards and she is very spoilt. Suddenly out of the blue, Kelly accuses Sam of raping her and he is arrested in light of this serious accusation.

        Suzie Toller played by Neve Campbell then steps forward and claims to be another rape victim of Sam. She agrees to testify against him in court. However, during the case she becomes hostile and suddenly the case goes in favour of Sam. Kelly's mum has to come up with a huge sum of money in an out of court settlement to save further embarrasment for her daughter.

        Now, not everything is cut and dried and Sergeant Ray Duquette played by Kevin Bacon certainly thinks that way and decides to investigate further. There are definately more devious things going on and twists and turns as the movie pans out.

        I have to admit that the plot is a bit complicated in parts but did hold my attention throughout the duration of the movie. It moves along at a fast pace and goes from one subplot to another extremely quickly. You really don't have time to think as things hurtle on.

        Matt Dillon gives a very good performance in his role. In fact one of the best I have seen from him to be honest with you. He is the brain behind the mystery. The others like Neve Campbell, Denise Richards and Kevin Bacon are also equally good in their portrayal of their characters.

        Wild Things is a good movie and is similar in many ways to the likes of Basic Instinct although never really reaching those heights. Still, it's not a bad movie to watch and will keep you interested to the end.

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        24.09.2002 02:23
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        Before I went to see this film at the cinema I had heard so many bad things and read so many bad reviews, I was wondering whether I was wasting my time, but surely a film with a cast such as this could not be all bad. The film is full of twists and turns, and is set is well to do area of Florida called Blue Bay, where everyone is beautiful, and anyone who is not is cast aside and made to feel like a leper. Almost immediately, we are introduced to spoilt rich girl Kelly Van Ryan (Denise Richards). What Kelly wants, she normally gets, and this time she has her sights set on teacher Sam Lombardo (Matt Dillon), a man who has never felt wholly accepted by Blue Bay as he has not come from a 'money family'. Kelly does not try to hide her attraction, and jumps at the chance to go to Sam's house when the school have a charity car washing day. Kelly lets her friend go home, while she stays at the house with Sam. Soon, we see her running from the house, and telling anyone who will listen that she has been raped by Sam. Kelly's mother Sandra (Theresa Russell) spots her chance for revenge. She had a secret affair with Sam and has always wanted to get her own back on him because he dumped her. Sandra uses the money she has to hire the best lawyers in the state, Tom Baxter (Robert Wagner), as she determined Sam will pay for his crime, and if that was not bad enough for Sam, the lawyer happens to be his girlfriend's father. (Although she does not stay as his girlfriend for long). We are then introduced to the 2 investigatin police officers. Sergeant Duquette (Kevin Bacon), and Detective Kelly (Daphne Rubin-Vega). They have different beliefs, with Duquette out to get Lombardo, whilst his partner smells a rat. Just when you thought you had enough characters to concentrate on...enter local all round bad girl and arch enemy of Kelly, Suzie Toller (Neve Campbell), who decides that now is the time to tell everyone that Lom
        bardo raped her the year previously. The police now are convinced that Sam is guilty and press charges, at which point the film moves into the courtroom for the trial, where Lombardo has hired the cheapest lawyer he can find, Kenneth Bowden (Bill Murray). I don't want to spoil the plot too much, as the plot twists are the reason this film is so good, but for all you red blooded men out there, keep watching for some Richards/Campbell girl on girl action! None of the actors put in the best performances of their careers, but then they do not need to as they are carried along by the story. Bacon is the shining star for me though, and he reaches new ranks of nastiness in this role. Bill Murray must also get a mention as he tries to play this role straight, but there is always a hint of humour creeping in. Despite what I had heard, I really enjoyed this film, and now have VHS and DVD versions of it. There is a lot of sex and sexual undertones, but all joking aside I think they are necessary for the story. A warning to you all though...the end is not the end...keep watching.

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          19.09.2002 09:46
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          Wild Things is the kind of lurid, trashy thriller that you'll either dive into with unabashed pleasure or turn away from in prudish disgust; it's entirely your choice, but we suggest the former option since it's obviously much more fun. The plot's so convoluted it's hardly worth describing, except to say that it's set in humid Florida and involves a respected high school teacher (Matt Dillon--yes, Matt Dillon as a teacher!) who is faced with accusations of rape by a student (Denise Richards, from Starship Troopers) who had been giving him the kind of attention most people would consider improper for such a "nice" young lady. Another student (Neve Campbell) raises a similar charge against the teacher, and that's when a police officer (Kevin Bacon) begins to investigate the allegations. Just when you think the movie's gone overboard with its shameless sex and absurdly twisted plot, in drops Bill Murray as an unscrupulous lawyer (of course) to spice things up with insurance scams and welcomed comic relief. As directed by John McNaughton (who has a way of making just the right moves with this kind of film noir melodrama), Wild Things is a bona fide guilty pleasure--the kind of movie you may be ashamed to enjoy, but what the heck, you'll enjoy it anyway.

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            27.05.2002 21:27
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            Set in the upmarket area of Blue Bay, Florida, where all the high schools girls are impossibly perfect (yes, even the ones that are supposed ‘trailer trash’) and everyone has a yacht, Wild Things is a tale of greed, sex, revenge and murder all rolled into one. The film starts with sweeping views of the Everglades and then gradually draws you from the wilds of nature into the wildness of the inhabitants of Blue Bay. THE BASIC PLOT Kelly Van Ryan is a little rich girl who has a crush on her high school guidance counsellor, Sam Lombardo. After manipulating her way into his house, she is then spotted running away with her clothes flapping. Cue the rape allegation. Van Ryan’s mother is one of the wealthiest ladies in Blue Bay, thanks to her husband’s suicide some years earlier. Oh, and she had an affair with Lombardo some time ago as well. She soon has a hot shot lawyer working on her daughters case who, just to add to the fun, happens to be the father of Lombardo’s girlfriend – this man does get around! Still with me? Good! The detectives assigned to the case have differing opinions. Sergeant Duquette believes Kelly and wants to charge Lombardo, but his partner – Detective Perez thinks she is making it all up for attention. Enter Suzie Toller – a ‘trailer trash’ student who claims that Lombardo also raped her a year ago. Given the new information, Lombardo is charged and so the trial begins. But is everything as it seems… THE TWISTS Of course nothing is ever as it seems in the movies – this wouldn’t be much of a film if it was. Following the court case there are more twists and turns than you would see on your average roller coaster, with the two leading ladies pouting their way through every scene. But, somehow, everything seems to fall into place. Once the film finishes, a black screen comes up with &
            #8216;The End’ written on it. However – do not stop watching! Throughout the credits are replays of some of the earlier scenes, seen from a different viewpoint and helping to explain what has been going on. THE CAST Matt Dillon - Sam Lombardo Kevin Bacon - Sergeant Duquette Neve Campbell - Suzie Toller Denise Richards - Kelly Van Ryan Theresa Russell - Sandra Van Ryan Bill Murray - Kenneth Bowden Daphne Ruben-Vega – Detective Perez Robert Wagner - Tom Baxter THE PERFORMANCES Nobody was ever going to win an Oscar for his or her performance in this movie. I never have rated Dillon much, and he delivers a suitably uninspiring performance. Campbell and Richards pout and smoulder their way through, although I thought Campbell came out looking best. Probably the most notable point about Richards’ performance is the fact that she gets her kit off (steady boys!) Oh, and of course Campbell and Richards kissed each other! Bacon is as solid as ever – he will never be an enigmatic actor but he plays the role of the dour cop well (and you do get to see him naked in the shower, but blink and you’ll miss it!) Probably the performance of the film though, is that of Bill Murray as Lombardo’s lawyer. His isn’t a huge role but he steals virtually every scene he is in with his somewhat manic performance. The other performances are not particularly noteworthy – Wagner gets very little screen time, Ruben-Vega does ok with what she has to work with and Russell throws in a few histrionics from time to time. MY OPINION Despite my initial reluctance to watch this film (a friend at work had lent it to me), I actually quite enjoyed it. The plot may be a little far-fetched, but due to the pace of the story and the continual changes in direction I found myself watching avidly to see just which way it would go next! I lik
            ed the ending with the ‘previously unseen’ footage that helped to unravel some of the plot. I haven’t seen this done before and I found it very effective. It is definitely a film that you have to follow, as there are so many changes in the plot, but although the film is 106 minutes long, the time goes quite quickly. An entertaining evening’s viewing. Rated 18 for sex, nudity, language and violence. Released in 1988, the film was directed by John McNaughton.

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              17.04.2002 23:04
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              When you mention the film "Wild Things" the first thing that people mention is the 3some scene! But there is so much more to the movie than this! Set in the Florida glades, this is a story of a well-respected Florida high school guidance councellor who gets his life turned upside down when two students, spoiled rich-girl Kelly Van Ryan (Denise Richards), and trailer-trash bad-girl Suzie Toller, bring rape charges against him. His world is turned upside down as local police detective Ray Duquette (Kevin Bacon) investigates the allegations. But as the plot of decepition emerges, not everything is what it appears to be and the big question arises: who is deceiving who? ... The suspense is excellent as you really don't know which way things are going to turn and the ending is a surprise. All this - and excellent acting! The DVD features may not be great, but it is worth buying.

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                15.04.2002 21:32
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                This film was one of my first DVD purchases, as I had just watched the video, enjoyed the film and saw it cheap. It was only yesterday that I got round to watching it again. The storyline is quite complicated, but basically a 2 schoolgirls, (Denise Richards and Neve Cambell) accuse a teacher of theirs of rape. Everything kicks off from here, and there are a number of twists which occur throughout the film, which lead to you being captivated by the plot and surprised when they happen. The cop looking into the accusations is played by Kevin Bacon, and all the actors do a very good job or portraying their roles. This review hovever is about the DVD, and not the film, which is a good job, as to describe any more about the film I would have to give away some of the plot twists, which would run the film. The DVD menu is very poor. For a start you cannot see which of the selections is selected. IF you can manage to get there, there is a Scene Selection, and a making of featurette, which is not particularally great or interesting. There is also a theatrical trailer. The film is not a particularally great quality DVD, and the pictures appear fuzzy in places. Also, on my TV (non-widescreen) the picture appears vertically elongated and a bit distorted. You soon forget about this, although to start with it is a bit offputting. Overall, this is a good film, with a great script, but the dvd just does not match. If you want a film that you'll be able to watch over and over again then get this, but dont expect too much from the dvd.

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                  There are a few good twists in the tale in this film. You are never quite sure where it is going to end up. There is of course a heavy sexual current in the film and I'm sure the physical contact between Denise Richards and Neve Campbell is well known. The characters are played well and several get their comeuppance. Kevin Bacon is good as the corrupt policeman, Matt Dillon as the teacher fooling around with the female leads and the female leads themselves, Richards and Campbell. Teresa Russell puts in a good performance as Richrds' rich bitch mum who rarely finds herself away from the bedroom with her toyboy employees. Bill Murray also puts in a fine performance as a seedy lawyer. Basically, a plot is hatched to get a payout from the van Ryan fortune. To do this a rape is alleged by Richards (the van Ryan daughter) against ther schoolteacher played by Matt Dillon. The rape case falls apart in the courtroom, by design, after the nature of the allegations (ie that they are false) is made clear in a squabble between Richards and Campbell. Dillon therefore gets a hefty settlement. He and Richards then bump off Campbell and dump her body. Bacon is in for a cut of the action and he ends up shooting Richards and gets canned from the police force. You find out that Bacon and Dillon have been plottting together later. But when they meet up on a sailing boat later, Campbell reappears. Bacon is killed, leaving Matt and Neve. So what's all that about? Well........you see it was all Campbell's plan from the beginning. She was blackmailing Dillon over his liaison with Richards and saw a way to get lots of money and bump off Bacon. What? You see Bacon had killed Campbell's brother and put her into prison. She wanted revenge. You find out all of this in clips that are slotted into the credits. In the main part of the film Campbell bumps off Dillon by poisoning him and meets up with Bill Murra
                  y to collect the oney and then disappears. Good plot and highly watchable.

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                  23.04.2001 21:38
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                  I dont know why everyone raves about this movie. It is nothing short of awful. There is a talentless cast, including Neve Campbell, Denise Richards, Matt Dillon and Kevin Bacon, plus a few other cameos. It is not sexy and classly, its cheap, plotless and nasty. There are gratutious scenes of sex and nudity (including a full frontal of Bacon which was entirely unnecessary). The reason i think so many people like this movie is the lesbian scene with Richards and Campbell, but thats all been done before and Wild Things is nothing new. The plot is as confussing as it is bad. Theres lots of sex and intrigue and politcs and money and murder and more sex and cheating and back stabbing and beautiful people. I'm not sure what i can tell you that wont be giving away one of the numerous twists in the movie..there are soooo many. A twist or to usually adds to a movie (see Sixth Sense) but not in the case of Wild Things, there are so many ridiculous and unbelievable twists. With a good twist you are supposed to be able to look back at the movie and wonder how on earth you didnt realise sooner - this doesnt happen in Wild Things. Basically its one twist after the other and its laughable. Half way through the movie most people have lost track and more importantly they dont care. Even Bacon who is usually not the worst actor falls below standard. Campbell plays herself as she did in Scream 1, 2 and 3, and Party of Five. Watch out for her neck rubbing antics!) Matt Dillon plays his usual sleazy role. And as for Denise Richards she is pretty and she can pout so she got the role, I dont think she could act if her life depended on it. Bad, bad movie, dont waste your time unless you want to see some bad actresses kiss.

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                    12.04.2001 14:36

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                    I never heard of this film until a mate rented it out. I watched it not knowing anything about the film apart from there was Neve Campbell (Scream), Denise Richards (Starship Troopers, Valitine) and Kevin Bacon in it. When i had watched the film i did'nt really know what happened, but to describe the film i would sat it was a sexy thriller with there being a few deaths and a massive love triangle between the three characters above which played a massive part in the film in the end. There is nudity where you do see a topless Denise Richards but you see nothing of Neve Cambell. There was a lot of twists in the film with there being fake deaths and things going on to understand at the end of the video there was some uncutscenes that do explain some things which happened during the film. It was a good all round film and it does have some good backrounds for good views which does boost the film but this film does take a lot of working out in what happens but is still worth the watch.

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                    02.04.2001 01:41
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                    This movie gained lots of publicity on its release and was heavily promoted as a sexy thriller. I mean who could resist a film which boasts a bi-sexual love triangle. There are a couple of brief scenes of nudity, these are supplied by Denise Richards (Starship Troopers), Theresa Russell and for the ladies Kevin Bacon. Yet Neve Campbell (Scream) while involved in one scene does have a no nudity clause in her contract. Although ‘Wild Things’ is an engagingly decent film anyone expecting an all out raunchy flick will be disappointed, that’s not to say it doesn’t have its moments. As far as the plot goes Matt Dillon stars as Sam Lambardo a popular high school counsellor who finds himself accused of the rape of two young students. One of whom is Kelly (Denise Richards), daughter of the very affluent, influential and oversexed Sandra Van Ryan. The other is Suzie Toller played by Neve Campbell, she is a trashy girl from the opposite end of the social spectrum. Meanwhile Kevin Bacon appears as the investigating cop Ray Duquette. I wont spoil the story any further but if you want a modern day thriller for the MTV generation then I’m sure you will be more than pleased with what’s on offer here. Director John McNaughton’s take on ‘Wild Things’ is that of a straight and somewhat stylish thriller, which makes Bill Murray’s comic portrayal of Lambardo’s lawyer Ken Bowden slightly out of place. Even if he is one of the films high points. That said had other cast members followed suite we could have ended up with a brilliant parody on the whole erotic thriller/mystery genre. Towards the latter half of ‘Wild Things’ things do kick into overdrive with plenty of plot twists in fact at one point you do begin to wonder whether the film will end before we get yet another one. It’s a shame that people like executive producer Kevin Bacon didn’t know when to stop, it was real
                    ly a case of one twist too many. Also am I the only one who thought that Bacon’s acting was very wooden to say the least. The film itself looks great and there is a nice contrast between the good-looking marina setting of the school and the poorer areas of the everglades. One very good aspect of the film is that during the credits we do get to see a few extra scenes, that had they been screened in sequence with the rest of the film would have ruined the plot. Their inclusion does help to tie the film up nicely and although not strictly needed it was a nice bonus. Ultimately ‘Wild things’ has as much to do with betrayal, revenge and paranoia as it does sex and overall I did find that I enjoyed this film despite my better instincts. I was going to write this opinion about the DVD but despite a anamorphic transfer, it only has a trailer and a making of feature, which is really just a long trailer.

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                      23.11.2000 22:40

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                      This film starts fairly harmlessly, with a seemingly normal high school. Denise Richards, a spoilt brat, Neve Campbell a druggie and other high school characters making up a fairly believable school. But like a cheap rollercoaster at the fun fair, you're soon left wondering where Kansas went as you're spun between plot twists. Denise Richards appears to be sexually assaulted by a teacher. Neve Campbell appears to back her up, but then admits to lying and from there it all goes spinning down and down. You're left thinking, "WHAT!!??!?!?!?!?" as you try to figure out what's going on in the mess of corrupt teachers, cops and lawyers. This is an awful film, made worse by the confusing mix up of events. The only good thing to be said for it is it got Denise's top off.

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                      25.10.2000 01:55
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                      The story is set in a deep south community, populated by the stupidly rich, and all the trailer trash you would expect in the south! Here we find a high school guidance cousellor who has been accused of sexual harassment by two of his students, from different sides of the affluence scale. (Denise is the Rich one!) OF course, there's a twist in the tail of the story, and it soon comes out that it was all made up by these two girls, to try and get back at teach, because he hat let the off the rails girl down when she really needed him (Neve). The cast all play their parts really well, especially Bill Murray as the schister lawyer the counsellor gets to defend him, and who has a prominent role in the end of the film! A brill film, which courted controversy for one or two "interesting scenes" but there's a lot more to the film than that, just like Bound for example!

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                        This film, is the only film that see's Denise Richards take off her clothes completely, and although not a direct result of this (she is gorgeous but...) the film has far far too many twists in it. Without spoiling the story, we have Matt Dillon playing a trusted teacher, who is accused of raping a pupil of his, and so is arrested. Facts then come to surface that it may not have been him/happened and all sorts of sub-stories start cracking off. However, after a number of twists its appears to be drawing to a conclusion, before yet more twists occur, and so becomes a game of guessing exactly when the film will end. One cannot denie that Richards and Campbell are simply stunning in person, yet not one of them or Dillon carries this film well enough for it to make much sense. The picture while anamorphic, is not exactly sharp, although contains plenty of blurry detail. The sound is only DPL although this type of dialogue driven film does not require any fancy, in all honesty. One to watch on Sky or borrow off a mate.

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                        This film is not for the easily offended, or those who can't keep up with a fast-moving plot. If you're not either of those, then you'll love this film. Matt Dillon plays a high school counsellor accused of rape by 2 of his students. He hires a low rent lawyer, played by Bill Murray to protect himself against the allegations. Neve Campbell plays against type as Susie, the girl from the wrong side of town. Denise Richards is suitably bitchy and scheming as Kelly Van Ryan, the daughter of one of the richest women in town. Each of these characters has their own plans, their own motives. The fun of the movie is seeing each one scheming to get what they are after. The plot is incredibly convoluted, but thats what adds to the fun. The characters in this film are not to be trusted, nothing should be taken at face value alone. In essence this film is about plotting, revenge, greed, sex and power. Sadly the DVD doesn't have much in the way of special features, just a trailer and a short documentary. The film itself is excellent though, and since you can now get this DVD at a bargain price, its definitely worth a watch.

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                      Wild Things is the kind of lurid, trashy thriller that you'll either dive into with unabashed pleasure or turn away from in prudish disgust; it's entirely your choice, but we suggest the former option since it's obviously much more fun. The plot's so convoluted it's hardly worth describing, except to say that it's set in humid Florida and involves a respected high school teacher (Matt Dillon--yes, Matt Dillon as a teacher!) who is faced with accusations of rape by a student (Denise Richards, from Starship Troopers) who had been giving him the kind of attention most people would consider improper for such a "nice" young lady. Another student (Neve Campbell) raises a similar charge against the teacher, and that's when a police officer (Kevin Bacon) begins to investigate the allegations. Just when you think the movie's gone overboard with its shameless sex and absurdly twisted plot, in drops Bill Murray as an unscrupulous lawyer (of course) to spice things up with insurance scams and welcomed comic relief. As directed by John McNaughton (who has a way of making just the right moves with this kind of film noir melodrama), Wild Things is a bona fide guilty pleasure--the kind of movie you may be ashamed to enjoy, but what the heck, you'll enjoy it anyway. --Jeff Shannon