Very Bad Things (1998)
USA / English
"A very savage comedy. This fall. Tell no one. "A prostitute is killed during a bachelor party and the attendees turn on each other as the wedding approaches.
Very Good Movie
I guess this is a movie you either love or hate; I belong in the first
This movie shows what happens when people shed the moral constraints which
normally control their conduct and give free rein to their vicious urges.
It is a morality lesson and reason(if you need one) never to kill - or at
least if you do not to burden yourselves with accomplices.
The reactions of those involved range from complete horror and remorse
(Stern) to pure psychopathy (Slater) - who is able to dehumanise the first
victim immediately, demeaning her to the mere status of an inconvenience to
be disposed of (this is how many serial killers think)
This film gives lots of other valuable insights - and if you only come away
from it certain that morality is not a democratic process but a matter of
absolute right and wrong, then this movie has done what few achieve; it has
educated you morally - following the majority blindly is one of mankinds
Slater is brilliant in his runaway amorality, as is Stern in his bouts of
tortured guilt (the scene in the gas station when his kids demand 'Whizzers'
is excruciatingly funny and at the same time so poignant that you may
experience guilt yourself at finding the mental collapse of the most decent
character in the film so hilarious)
Cameron Diaz plays the bride from hell with assuredness and gusto - if this
movie puts you off murder it may well also put you off marriage. Her
eventual fate, revealed in the closing scenes - is one of the most
satisfying payoffs of a loathsome character in the history of
Comedy at its darkest - movie making at its best 9 out of
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