Wild Things (1998)… Where did she get the shoes? “Whores for less”?

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Wild Things

My rating: 7

IMDB rating: 6.5

IMDB link: Wild Things

Dearest reader,

I love films like these that sparked such a controversy when they were initially released that they achieved cult status through the years and still get referenced in several of today’s films.

This raunchy, smoking-hot film features a cast that contains something for everyone’s fantasy. In fact, in his review Roger Ebert calls it a

“...three-way collision between a softcore sex film, a soap opera and a B-grade noir.”

There are literally no leads in this film, that has not got some or other aesthetic value. Kevin Bacon, who I have the biggest crush on, gives just a little taste of what I consider to be his best role, that was yet to come, as Ryan Hardy in The Following.

The plot, which starts out as your regular clear-cut antagonist-protagonist situation is thrown completely of the map when the different betrayals are revealed. One is never sure when and who exactly is in control; it is a constant steering between not only the sexes, but also the authority figures and the manipulation of said structures of authority.

Is it more than a highly sexed web of lies? Does it really need to be? I think the charm in this film lies in the fact that while on the one hand it is a celebration of youth, it is on the other hand a study on the corruption of youth and its subsequent betrayals. While the over-arching theme undermines both these theories by simply sticking to the fact that no one is ever to be trusted.

Want to read more on Wild Things? Try these…

Roger Ebert: Wild Things

Examiner: Wild Things

Chronicle: Wild Things

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