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They're dying to play with you.
When teen-socialite Kelly Van Ryan (Richards) and troubled bad girl Suzie Toller (Campbell) accuse guidance counselor Sam Lombardo (Dillon) of rape, he's suspended by the school, rejected by the town, and fighting to get his life back. One cop (Bacon) suspects conspiracy, but nothing is what it seems...
Sex Ed. Sailing with Jimmy. A semi-charmed life. Skeet shooting. A MILF. Country club rejection. When you need a top-notch lawyer, call a Ghostbuster. A shocking courtroom revelation. Having the pool boy do your dirty work. A sleazy motel. Johnny Drama's brother, Sidney Prescott, and Charlie Sheen's baby mama in one hot and unforgettable three-way champagne celebration. A poolside catfight turns steamy. A double-cross. A triple-cross. A tragic night at the guesthouse. Kevin Bacon's bacon. Speargun ownage. Sam's last toast. As the credits roll, this wild ride ends and all secrets are let out of the bag.
I know why you're watching this flick and it ain't the witty dialog.
Well there are many reasons to like this film:
1. Denise Richards
2. Denise Richards kissing Neve Campbell
3. Denise Richards kissing Neve Campbell kissing Matt Dillon
4. Bill Murray
Unfortunately, twist after twist after twist, Wild Things isn't much more than just the mediocre, sexy thriller that it is. But I liked it.
Like every other boy who was 14 in 1998, I've seen two minutes of this film before. The rest of it's good too, probably better: a pervy, shallow but very entertaining neo-noir that plays like The Last Seduction made by FHM.
Matt Dillon is a Gareth-Bale-faced guidance counsellor who's accused of rape by two students: a pair of lips with a blue bikini attached (Denise Richards) and a weed-smoking malcontent from the wrong side of the tracks (Neve Campbell). As his life is torn to shreds by Richards' wealthy mother and her society friends ahead of the much-publicised trial, he enlists the services of a lawyer and some time insurance fraudster (Bill Murray), who starts to look for dirt on…
Obviously this film was famous for two things...
...Both of whom cop off with each other in John McNaughton and Stephen Peters' procedural thriller with more twists than an ice cream van in Brighton.
I know Wild Things is terribly trashy, with hardly any logic or reality behind what is quite a serious subject, but it is a lot of fun. Not just for that scene. But because the way it gets about 40 minutes in and seems to be wrapping itself up, only for [TWIST1] to happen. Then, shock, horror, [TWIST2] happens. Man, that was unexpected.
BUT WAIT! There's still room for [TWIST3], [TWIST4], [TWIST5] and [TWIST6] at this party. Not to mention the final twist.
Oh, and then…
Cien minutos de sandeces y violaciones disney que, claro está, no se cree ni dios. La deconstrucción de los créditos finales es tan mongólica como todo lo anterior, pero joder, es muy divertida. Y a tope de Bill Murray.
So dumb and sexy. But Bill Murray is what makes it four stars.
Great crime film with a few twists and an awesome cast.
Fairly sure Wild Things has the most annoying score in modern cinematic history. It sounds like cows having intercourse...
As for the film, well, it's alright. The plot is crammed with endless twists which soon make things become ridiculously convoluted, and much of the performances are rather wooden.
Still, Denise Richards is gorgeous here, Bill Murray is Bill Murray and it's kinda nice to see Kevin Bacon not selling EE mobile phone contracts for once...
So silly and sexy. But Bill Murray is what makes it four stars.
I watched this for the witty dialogue and on that score I was a little disappointed. I was surprised that watching this for the first time, all these years later, that it wasn't spoiled.
It sure was a different time back in the past. Big cell phones. Portable phones instead of cell phones. Simpler times. Wire taps don't seem to have been a thing, given what was said on these phones. So rather than being bogged down in the technicalities of intrigue, it just played out.
No doubt it's a bit trashy. In the same vein as that one starring Teri Hatcher, we get some skin in return for our attention. These scenes seem less today than I imagine they…
Dumber and trashier than I remember, and that's saying something, since all I remember is pretty much it being drum and trashy.
Matt Dillon would have made a great Ash Williams. He looks just like Bruce Campbell.
Denise Richards' boobs and Bill Murray also make an appearance.
Sorpresas. A cualquier precio. Ése es el santo y seña de esta película que obtuvo en su día un moderado éxito de taquilla. Bueno, eso, y unas gotas de erotismo que llevaron a un efímero estrellato a la neumática Denise Richards.
Pero que nadie se engañe. Juegos Salvajes es un bodrio de los que hacen época. Su argumento da un giro de 180 grados cada cinco minutos. Al enésimo volatín ya se opta por tomar todo a risa. Pero ni por esas.
Mala de solemnidad.
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