Wild Things

Year: 1998
Production Co: Mandalay Entertainment
Director: John McNaughton
Producer: Kevin Bacon
Writer: Stephen Peters
Cast: Neve Campbell, Denise Richards, Matt Dillon, Kevin Bacon, Theresa Russell, Bill Murray, Robert Wagner

Hitchcock does a teen sex thriller, and that's not a criticism. There are two kinds of screen story - one where you just see what's happening, and one where the movie itself is a character, choosing when to reveal important developments to show ever-deeper layers of the mystery.

It seems like a clean cut case of sexual assault by a teacher on a hot student, but where the film shows us the endpoint of the scam first and then branches out from there, you learn (only if you stay well into the end credits) that every detail the mess has spiraled into at the various endpoints has actually been the beginning, every aspect carefully crafted.

The teacher (Dillon), a cop (Bacon), the teenage girls (Campbell and Richards) and an ambulance chasing lawyer (Murray) are pawns in the sting, but - as a million movies and books ask and this one delivers in spades - who's playing who?

You can't talk about the scheme without revealing far too many details. I've already said too much, but someone's after the fortune of local MILF Sandra (Russell), and every time we think we learn who's behind it, another twist is revealed.

On top of a wonderfully evolving story the film is also famous for its hot threesome scene between two of Hollywood's then-hottest actresses, and if that's the only reason you watch it, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the rest. Forget the look-at-me stylings of Brick, this is real high school crime noir.

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