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Wild Things

Convoluted erotic thriller, not for kids.
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 108 minutes

What parents need to know

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

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 20, 1998
DVD/Streaming release date:September 8, 1998
Cast:Denise Richards, Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon
Director:Norman Z. McLeod
Studio:Sony Pictures
Run time:108 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:Nudity, sex, violence

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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 other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written by90210fan February 1, 2011

older teens

Love it good movie for older teens
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 9 years old April 9, 2008