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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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.
Violence & Scariness
A couple fist of fights, implied beating to death, shooting to death of young girl, violence against women, poisoning
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Numerous sex scenes, female nudity, implied sex, implied statutory rape, a lot of sexually suggestive behavior, full frontal male nudity.
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Some graphic language
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A few scenes with drug use and drinking, sometimes to excess.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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