Friday, July 20, 2012

Day 219

movie: Bad Influence
starring: Rob Lowe, James Spader
genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama
year: 1990
format: TV EDIT

plot:  a yuppie who seems to have the world at his feet, looses everything when he's set up for murder.

This was a tv edit so I don't know how much of the plot was edited to fit what the station thought was the main theme.

Normally, I love anything with either actor, but this one left me wishing for a fast forward button.  The end of the movie dragged for a bit too long then just ended abruptly.  Again, I'm not sure how much of that was the original movie and how much was because it was edited for content and time.

It starts off like a fairly decent movie, but becomes a bit of a nightmare.  It's almost like Fatal Attraction for best friends, or a male version of Single White Female.   It just doesn't hold up after you get about forty-five minutes into it.  I'm not sure I even want to track down a proper unedited version to compare.

I'm adding the "vampire" tag because of it's use of manipulation. 

what do i think i learned from this film?
Not much to learn from this


  1. I own the movie and love it! I'm not sure if it was a hack job you saw, or if you wouldn't even like the full version sans commercials. As I said, I loved it and really enjoyed Spader as the somewhat good guy, and Lowe as the definite bad guy.

    1. Timetraveler... That's always the one gamble with watching a movie on television, you never know what direction the editing is going to take the film.
      Some stations barely edit anything, and some edit it to the point you're asking why'd they even bother?
      There was an introduction the last fifteen minutes of a character whom I got the impression was a main character but had been edited to the last few scenes.

      I've seen that happen with episodes of Sex and the City too, there is one channel here that plays such chopped up episodes, you see an actor's name in the opening credits but don't have a single scene.