Wild Things

Film

Time Out says

Lombardo (Dillon) is 'Educator of the Year' at Florida's Blue Bay high school, a popular teacher with a taste for the good life. When Kelly (Richards), one of his students, accuses him of rape, the police don't give much credence to a rich bitch on heat. But when punky low class Suzie (Campbell) echoes her claims, Lombardo only has two-bit lawyer Ken Bowden (Murray) standing between him and jail. For about an hour, this shapes up promisingly: it's so blatant, you know it's got to be a tease. The director zooms in on wet T-shirts in slo-mo and maps out the social and sexual hierarchies with glee: think John Waters crossed with John Hughes. When the film-makers pull the rug out from under us, it's a doozy of a twist. Too bad there's still an hour to go, because then all bets are off. McNaughton double and triple-crosses the audience with such reckless abandon, it's impossible to care any more. This is one of those puzzle movies that's quite intriguing while it's feigning superficiality - and truly funny when

Bill Murray

is around - but really dumb once it thinks it's being smart.

Details

Release details

Duration:
108 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
John McNaughton
Screenwriter:
Stephen Peters
Cast:
Kevin Bacon
Matt Dillon
Neve Campbell
Theresa Russell
Denise Richards
Carrie Snodgress
Bill Murray
Robert Wagner