Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Movie Review: "Very Bad Things" (1998)

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Movie"Very Bad Things"
Director: Peter Berg
Year: 1998
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

A Vegas bachelor party goes horribly wrong when one of the groomsmen accidentally kills a prostitute, sending him and his friends on a downward spiral of paranoia and murder. 

"Very Bad Things" is a dark comedy written and directed by Peter Berg. This is his feature film directorial debut, but Berg would eventually go on to direct films like "Lone Survivor" and "Deepwater Horizon." This film stars John Favreau, Christian Slater, Jeremy Piven, Daniel Stern, Leland Orser, Cameron Diaz, and Jeanne Tripplehorn. Favreau plays Kyle Fisher, who is about to be married to bridezilla Laura Garetty, played by Diaz, who wants their wedding to be a perfect affair, but first, best man Robert Boyd, played by Slater, is planning a bit of a bachelor party in Vegas. This party will be attended by the remaining groomsmen, including brothers Michael and Adam Berkow, played by Piven and Stern, as well as Kyle's friend since the third grade Charles, played by Orser. Things start off as they often do in Vegas with a little bit of gambling, a lot a bit of booze, some drugs, and of course, a stripper, played by Kobe Thai. However, when Michael pays for additional services, he accidentally impales her on a towel hook mid-coitus, causing things to spin rapidly out of control.

As we said, this is a very dark comedy that tries to get laughs out of very bad people doing "Very Bad Things." Once someone gets murdered, all bets are seemingly off as this band of idiots bumbles and fumbles their way around murder, burying bodies, lying to their girlfriends and spouses-to-be, and much more. If you don't think you'll laugh at the domino effect that occurs after one of the protagonists kills another person, "Very Bad Things" is definitely not the movie for you. The uncomfortable humor that springs from the arguments these friends have after everything goes to hell in a hand-basket makes for a couple of big, ironic laughs, but mostly, this is a rather pedestrian comedy. The characters in this film aren't exactly likable as they seem to range from spineless pushover to brainless dolt to heartless sociopath, though they still make up an interesting band of crazies. In the end, this film serves as a decent watch, though it wouldn't be one we would seek out over and over.
My Rating: 6/10
BigJ's Rating: 6/10
IMDB's Rating: 6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 44%
Do we recommend this movie: Sure, why not?

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