Directed By: Paul Verhoven
Written By: Joe Eszterhas
Sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Mix in murder, mystery, and psychology and you have made something people will definitely like. It’s hard to narrow down movies you love the most when you love a lot of movies but this one falls within my top ten of all time. It is high up in my favorites, and has been for many years. This movie is mysterious, it’s well made and acted, and it’s sexually charged in a way that gets everyone’s attention. Some might call this a guilty pleasure but I don’t see the point in feeling guilty about something so good, it’s a great movie.
I like a few Paul Verhoven films but I think this was by far his best. He has a deliberately graphic style that I appreciate, especially today when so many sell out to make more money with a PG-13 rating. Sharon Stone became a sex symbol with this film, and she deserved that status. She was incredibly sexy and seductive as Catherine Tramell, she was bold and daring with the character. I am a big fan of Michael Douglas, I think he has made many great movies, but I think this one was his best as well. He is ultra cool as Nick Curran, he keeps up with Sharon Stone which is a feat all by itself, and he was seeing his old flame on the side too. Jeanne Tripplehorn, as the complete opposite of Sharon Stone brings her own sexual charge into the film and does it well.
This movie will keep you guessing and keep you interested with danger (and nudity) around every corner. I have heard there are controversies surrounding this film. One being the way it portrays homosexual relationships, and the other being how it glorifies smoking. As to the first criticism I don’t think it holds water. Yeah Sharon Stone’s relationship with her girlfriend may not have been a peachy one but no relationship in the film was. I don’t think that the fact that Tramell and her girlfriend were crazy says anything about homosexual relationships, those two characters are just wild and crazy in general. As to the other controversy I would ask you to excuse a vulgar gesture simulating masturbation. Smoking was something people did and do. It shouldn’t be a problem that Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone happen to look especially cool doing it. Smoking may be unhealthy, we should not do it, but it is still cool all the same. I dare you to watch the characters in this film smoking and tell me they don’t look good doing it. As I have said before, looking cool is important to any film no matter what the genre is. I am a non smoker now, and feel much better living a smoke free life but I really hate the way society has turned on tobacco all the same, it’s unjust. That product helped build this country, and has a long history in North America.
If you haven’t seen this movie then I think you should see it, and I hope you enjoy it. It earned its R rating and was lucky that it wasn’t banned all together so understand that going in. Don’t be surprised by sudden and overwhelming sexuality. This movie is one of my favorites of all time, it’s dangerous, exciting, and unpredictable. It might not be for everyone, but I hope that you enjoy it if you take the time to see it. Let me know what you think about this one, I would really appreciate your thoughts on this film specifically.
I remember the first time I watched this movie. It was with Ryan, and I remember feeling really uncomfortable. We were pretty young when we first started dating and now the memory makes me chuckle a little, considering the types of movies we have watched together since then. Having said all that, I really like this movie. I love it. If you haven’t seen it you are missing out on something really intriguing and thought provoking. It is such a thriller because you almost never know what is around the corner. Both Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas look so young and vivacious in this film. You get to see a lot of their bodies, so be prepared for that. There is a lot of sex in this movie, so if you are squeamish about that kind of thing, maybe this isn’t the movie for you, but it adds a lot to the movie, however and makes it that much better. It is suspenseful and thrilling and the ending is just perfect. A must see in my book.
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