Wild Things

Movie review by
Afsheen Nomai, Common Sense Media
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Convoluted erotic thriller, not for kids.
  • R
  • 1998
  • 108 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

There are no redeeming characters in this film, all main characters are liars, double crossers, cheats and thieves. In the end the criminal gets away with the crime.


A couple fist of fights, implied beating to death, shooting to death of young girl, violence against women, poisoning


Numerous sex scenes, female nudity, implied sex, implied statutory rape, a lot of sexually suggestive behavior, full frontal male nudity.


Some graphic language

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few scenes with drug use and drinking, sometimes to excess.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie is an erotic thriller with a convoluted plot and lots of sex. Teenagers wear skimpy clothes, perform treacherous acts and accuse a teacher of rape. It just isn't for kids.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byOlivlol May 11, 2020

Cult Classic

This movie is famous, mainly for the pool scene but also for many other reasons. There is quite a bit of swearing during the movie. The main problem for many is... Continue reading
Adult Written byemma321 May 4, 2020


I think this is a good movie for 10 and up! As a parent I have realized that preventing my kids from what is "inappropriate" really won't help. M... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byPrincessCharmed797 February 4, 2013

Wild Things

Wild Things is a thriller film of the 90's. I'm the fans of Neve Campbell and Denise Richards. It was so great.

What's the story?

Two high school girls, Suzie (Neve Campbell) and Kelly (Denise Richards), accuse their high school counselor (Matt Dillon) of raping them. This turns out to be a part of a big scheme to bilk Kelly's rich mom out of money, but the twists don't stop there. Kevin Bacon also stars in WILD THINGS as the police sergeant investigating the trio.

Is it any good?

This film employs every possible exploitation cliché. Girls in slow motion (washing cars even), crooked cops, oversexed high school girls, bad acting, terrible dialogue, repeated shots of wild animals ("wild things," get it), plot twist after plot twist, a catfight that turns into girl on girl action -- this film has it all. Some reviews called this movie lurid; others simply settled for trashy. But the long and short of it is that this is a movie about high school students in as little clothing as possible doing very bad things.

Richards, while pretty, can't act her way out of a paper bag, which is unfortunate. But she didn't land this role for her acting ability. Otherwise notable actors such as Matt Dillon, Kevin Bacon and Theresa Russell give wooden performances that make you question if they are actually good actors. The only saving grace of this film is Bill Murray playing in his usual dead pan style that always makes us laugh, even when it isn't a comedy. Plain and simple, this is NOT appropriate for kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the actions of the two girls in the film who lie about being raped by their high school counselor. What are some of the potential ramifications of reporting a false crime?

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