Tuesday, September 05, 2006

You naughty boys

The second of my three weekend films was another from a few years ago: Very Bad Things starring Christian Slater, Jon Favreau in slimmer days, and the lovely Cameron Diaz (right).

I've had this one one sitting waiting for my attention for quite a while, with me looking for the right moment -- i.e., a moment when Wife falls asleep on the sofa or goes to bed early, because it was always clear she had no interest in watching it.

I knew very little about this film other than the initial accident that leads these lives to spiral out of control. I had heard, though, that it was not very good and that it was "sick", to quote one of my friends. Thing is, saying something is "sick" isn't exactly going to put me off, especially given who said it.

Wh'appen: Five guys go off on a bachelor weekend in Vegas, baby. A call girl joins them in their suite, and she ends up dead with a coathook in the back of her neck. Oops. What to do -- call the police and fess up, or stuff her in a suitcase and bury her in the desert? The boys choose the latter, and that's where things start to go wrong...

My twopenn'orth: The scene in the hotel room with the hooker is quite grisly. It's not that it's particularly gruesome in what you see; more that you can sort of empathize. We all know how a coathook feels, so we can relate in a different way to when we see people getting shot or hacked up. So it's unpleasant. And it gets more so as the scene progresses. Indeed, there is an all-pervading sense of unpleasantness, even once you realize you are watching a very dark black comedy. As it veers ever more into the farcical, however, all I kept thinking was, "This is like a Joe Orton plot but without Orton's wit." Wit is what is lacking. Instead, we are treated to screaming, shouting, and expletives. And while I'm a big fan of screaming, shouting, and expletives, they are no match for the wit of Joe Orton.

What's the scores, George Dawes? I give this movie 56 points, more for story than delivery.


Blogger Tanya said...

I knew this was a comedy when I saw this, but I didn't laugh. The basic idea behind it was good, though. I was very disappointed by Christian Slater and Cameron Diaz. Well... the whole movie, actually.

05 September, 2006 09:59  
Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

seen it. didn't like it. Like Christian Slater but not in this. Generous score I'd say.

05 September, 2006 10:43  
Anonymous ranting dullard said...

big shouty mess

05 September, 2006 14:16  
Blogger Shep said...

I've got a lot of time for Christian Slater...mostly for giving the world Heathers. I still mark out for that film every time. I'll even put up with his duff films (Hard Rain anyone?). But this is pretty bad. I think I even took a date to see it in the Leicester Square Odeon.

And I have very little time for Cameron Diaz. This film came out at a time when everyone thought she was the cat's pyjamas. But films like this and that one with Ewan McGregor in only reinforced the fact that she's rubbish. I've even seen her *cough* early Adult work and she's rubbish even in that. Pah.

The best guy in the whole of Very Bad Things is Jeremy Piven, who is a great actor with great comic timing who can be seen blowing the competition out of the water in Entourage. I think it's starting on ITV17 or something soon.

05 September, 2006 14:28  
Blogger Soupdragon said...

Priven's ace. Slater needs more roles like Heathers and Pump Up The Volume (who doesn't watch that an pee emselves laffing?)...

Film: slightly pants. But I did enjoy A Life Less Ordinary (fer Ewan, you understand). Don't really like Ms Diaz much, but Ewan were ace.



05 September, 2006 16:31  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

I really liked a Life Less Ordinary(Cameron Diaz and Ewan McGregor)

I actually think Diaz is a good actor.

But I had completely forgotten I had seen this movie. It wasn't until Asterisk described the coat hanger death that I remembered I had seen this movie. so there ya go, forgettable.

05 September, 2006 16:43  
Blogger Red said...

I think Ranting Dullard put it best. It was tough to fall asleep with all that casino going on.

As for Slater, I can't bear to look at him, he reminds me of something I saw once in a Rentokil box...

05 September, 2006 17:41  
Blogger Suze said...

You had me really interested there for a minute and then came the final summing up.

Oh well! I just got around to watching The Grudge the other night. Now that is scary.

05 September, 2006 19:49  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

I thought I was going to be in a minority not liking this film, but it seems not. Good.

Must say, never watched all of A Life Less Ordinary, but didn't like what I saw.

The Grudge? I'm soon to be putting my copy on eBay. It's rare for me to sell DVDs, but there are some that suck so much that they don't deserve my ever-decreasing shelf space. 'Fraid that's one of 'em.

Re Slater: who didn't love Gleaming The Cube?

06 September, 2006 17:11  

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