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83 of 83 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2004
I was one of the few people who actually saw this in a theatre. One of the most pleasant surprizes I've had, it's rare to walk into a movie that completely exceeds you expectations. If you haven't seen this before, you would do yourself a favor by NOT trying to find out much about the plot before you go in. You only need to know that 1)There's some gratuitous nudity, 2)It is more complex than it appears to be, and 3)Bill Murray will once again steal a movie with only a handful of lines.
The "Unrated version" didn't have a whole lot of extra skin, (undercutting the main marketing point for this release). However it did integrate several additional scenes that were available as "extras" in the original edition. It's nice to have them weaved into the movie rather than hunting them down after the fact trying to think of how they'd fit in. My favorite is the post legal battle lunch between Bill Murray and Robert Wagner; great lines, fun situation, and played perfectly.
Wildthings stands up pretty well to repeated viewings, I've watched my old copy probably twice a year since I bought it. It is a modern tight, complex thriller that doesn't have a dopey sticking point or obvious logic gap in how it fits together. How many times have you watched the latest and greatest hollywood thriller only to find some incredibly huge plot hole that renders the entire movie a waste of your time? Wild Things actually delivers, in my opinion setting a standard for being one the best of this type of movie (and certainly the best in the last 10 years or so). Some of the acting gets a little wooden, but it's more than compensated for by the rapidly unfolding and novel plot.
Hitchcockian with tan boobs would be the short review. If you haven't purchased the original edition, then get this one instead. I own both, and have no regrets on either.
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97 of 109 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2004
Anyone thinking the unrated version is going to have extended motel or pool scenes will be sorely disappointed in this "unrated" version. I think there was maybe one extra scene. The difference in the two can be summed up using an expression of Adam Sandler's, "Big Whoppedee Do".

So if you have the "R" version already, save your $10 bucks.

UPDATE. Well this little gem has popped up on Blu Ray Wild Things (Unrated Edition) [Blu-ray] and those of us that bought it have the dilemma of whether or not to take the plunge and buy it again. I for one, am because its a great movie. Unfortunately, as with the earlier DVDs there are no extras. So now I own 3, yes 3 different DVD versions of the same movie. Oh, and I bought the soundtrack years ago too. LOL
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2004
"Wild Things" is a gloriously lurid and decadent little gem of a movie. I love movies that respect the intelligence of the audience while pandering to their base desires (most studio releases skip that first part), and "Wild Things" fits the bill perfectly.
The plot is - well, the plot is twisted, in every sense of the word. The story that seems to be unfolding ends at the halfway point of the movie - and then the real story begins. And in a technique I've never seen before, it continues through the ending credits, as director McNaughton gleefully fills in the holes.
"Wild Things" offers great, juicy turns from Neve Campbell, Denise Richards, Matt Dillon, Kevin Bacon, Theresa Russell, and especially Bill Murray as a hilariously corrupt small-time lawyer. Along the way we get lots of steamy, lurid peek-a-boo sex and nudity (which is so gratuitous it inspires genuine laughter), violence, and characters motivated by nothing more than pure greed. Put 'em together in the Everglades, and you have one hot movie.
I generally don't like movies that mess with the audience by hiding information, and then springing it on them later as a "twist." But twists work beautifully if the character is just as befuddled by them as the audience. Since "Wild Things" offers nothing but characters who think they have secrets and alliances but are actually only pawns in a game, every twist is justified.
This new "unrated" version incorporates scenes that aren't necessary, but are joyful anyway. If you have the original cut and you've got the money to throw around, go for it. If you haven't seen it, well, it's probably not for anyone. But if the thought of a wicked little Hitchcockian melodrama, dripping with sex and humor and directed with a wink, appeals to you, you can't go wrong with "Wild Things."
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2001
Wild things is an easy movie to love. It tells the story of a Blue-Bay highschool teacher ( Dillon ) who is been accused for rape by two of his female students , spoiled rich kid Kelly ( Richards ) and drug-addict basketcase Suzie ( Campbell ) . Did he really do it ? The script provides more than just a yes-or-no answer during the one and a half hour the movie lasts . It includes a little more than a few plot twists and manages to constantly suprise us and turn things around. In addition to all that this is an extremelly well-made film , surely one of the sexiest movies you'll ever get the chance to see.The love scenes are simply sensational , steamy yet never cheap.All the members of the cast deliver some good perfomances but eventually it's the two girls who stand out. There's a first-class chemistry between Campbell and Richards . Campbell gives her best perfomance yet as confused freak Suzie.She totally crashes her next-girl image and prooves she's capable of playing many different kinds of characters with equally good results.It's actually weird that after that role she disappeared from the spotlight when one might have excpected that then was the time where her star would rise even higher.Denise Richards is really charming as Kelly Van Ryan too.She's one more person i hope i'll be seeing more in movies in years to come.Also great are many of the supporting roles.Bill Murrey , Daphne-Rubin Vega , Theressa Russel and Robert Wagner have all been smartly casted in roles they seem to fit perfectly with their physique . Director McNaughton knows how to handle all the above and achieves to make a movie you won't feel bored with for even a second.Let yourself free to enjoy the guilty pleasures of this film which combines crime , corruption and sexuallity so succesfully you'll have to see it twice to believe it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
WILD THINGS is the epitome of the good looking contemporary thriller: all of the actors are in top form; the men are handsome; the ladies are ravenous; the story has more twists and turns than a Grisham novel; and the story setting fuses so effortlessly with the tale that it becomes another added element of mystery.
I had the good fortune of seeing WILD when it had its theatrical run, and, at that time, I wondered about the prospect of some unused footage. This thriller continued to re-invent itself -- even through the closing credits -- so I imagined that there were some elements that the director left on the cutting room floor so as not to bombard the viewer with information overload. Most of what's been restored here is passable: Kevin Bacon's character is fleshed out a bit more, but he ends up appearing more of a conspirator a bit too early in this version as opposed to the original.
However, the stunning Denise Richards, Neve Campbell, and (yes) Theresa Russell make this picture definitely worth exploring on subsequent viewings because they do represent three complex personalities: (1) the woman who can have it all and takes it; (2) the woman who wants it all and takes it; and (3) the woman who is deprived of it all but finds a way to take it anyway.
Also, think what you will of the talents of Bill Murray, but his short work here coupled with his star-power performances in GROUNDHOG DAY and LOST IN TRANSLATION truly show this man is in peak form when the script requires it.
Rediscover this guilty pleasure in its unrated form!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2005
My review will pertain just to the extended "unrated" version of Wild Things.

People purchasing the unrated DVD of the 1st (and great) Wild Thing film hoping to see a substansial amount of extra sex and nudity are likely to be sorely disappointed.

Despite the label stating that this is "the unrated version too hot for theaters", it appears to be more of an initial cut of the film containing material that was left out of the final theatrical cut for good reason.

Most of the extra footage is just little dialogue bits here and there that state stuff a bit more obviously then what was given to the viewer the 1st time through in theaters.

There's also sort of an alternate part added to the ending that just makes no sense whatsoever as well regarding a potential genetic relation between Denise Richards and Neve Campbell's characters which would have added an incestuous angle to their lesbian relationship.

The only addition that I think really should've stayed in the movie is a admittedly nice extension to the makeout section in the pool featuring Neve and Denise. We now get to see Neve remove Denise's bikini top revealing her stupendous & breathtaking breasts with some very nice added kissing between the two hot actresses,

Since the film was kind of a tongue in cheek sendup of sleazy movies of this nature and didn't have a problem wallowing in said sleaziness, I don't know why the filmmakers cut this part out.

What I recommend doing is just holding onto the original R rated theatrical cut DVD (especially since the unrated DVD doesn't carry over the nice commentary track from the 1st release) and if you're a massive fan of the movie, pick up the unrated cut and get a DVD case that holds a DVD on each side. Then, just make your own 2 pack of the film this way as the unrated cut has some nice but pointless additions (like see Denise Richards washing her truck in very skimpy clothing) that hurt the flow of the movie but are worth having for the diehard fans of the film.

Just don't get rid of your original DVD like I mentioned.

A great, sexy and sleazy film nonetheless, but the unrated DVD is a complete wasted oppurtunity IMO.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon April 15, 2008
`Wild Things' is that type of movie that is so over the top and ludicrous it ends up making perfect sense. The plot is so `out there' and `all over the place' yet in the end it all comes together in the most grounded of ways. When the curtain closes so-to-speak you realize that you wouldn't have it any other way. Most importantly though, `Wild Things' is so much fun, so engrossing and utterly enjoyable that you'll forgive all it's absurdities and just embrace it for it's true entertainment value. `Wild Things' is just that; one wild, wild ride.

The plot, or at least what I'm at liberty to disclose, follows a young teacher named Sam Lombardo. Sam is well liked by his students; a real down to earth kind of guy. One student in particular can't seem to get enough of Sam. That student is the very wealthy Kelly Van Ryan. Kelly has that sweet innocent thing going for her, but it's very apparent that it is all just a facade. When Kelly suddenly accuses Sam of taking advantage of her the entire community is up in arms, especially Kelly's mother Sandra, who had once been in a relationship with Sam and longed to have him back. When another student, Suzie Toller, comes forward with the same accusation Sgt. Ray Duquette and Det. Gloria Perez begin their investigation; but all is not as it seems and they are soon to find that out.

What I just adore about `Wild Things' is its fearless way in which it dives full throttle into this story. Nothing is left up for grabs; it is all spread evenly across the table. The actors all seem so engaged and interested in their roles; they are truly enjoying themselves. The script is crazy and extreme but its woven so tightly you can't really gripe too much about its unabashed absurdity.

The performances here are all rich and on point. Neve Campbell and Denise Richards embrace their roles with fervor and guts. Campbell steals most scenes as the aggressive yet often naïve Suzie, while Denise embellishes the impish side of Kelly in such a perfectly seductive manner. Theresa Russell is loud and obnoxious and deliciously campy as Kelly's brazen mother Saundra, and Kevin Bacon actually pulls it together as Ray Duquette, the curious cop. Matt Dillon gives his best performance (in my humble opinion) as Sam Lombardo. He just really sinks into this role with reckless abandon and I admire that. And then we have Bill Murray, who always knows how to squeeze out a laugh. His performance adds comic relief in all the right places here.

Like I said, I see nothing here to be ashamed or to feel guilty about enjoying. `Wild Things' is the type of film that is designed, from beginning to end, to entertain you; and who wouldn't be entertained here. Yes, it is trashy and campy in parts and seriously over the top, but in the end that is all the more reason to indulge and enjoy every single second of running time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Normally, I am not much of a fan of campy movies. But this one is about as good as they come. Director John McNaughton and his fine cast know just how to strike a balance between that which is funny and that which is utterly ridiculous. Nothing, not the plot, not the sex and not the violence in this picture are meant to be taken seriously. And yet I found myself so wrapped up in the story and mesmerized by the film's mood that the final twist at the end, though I expected there to be one, was supremely satisfying. This is the kind of film that manipulates its audience it such an obvious manner that knowing you are being manipulated becomes part of the fun. All four of the leads are excellent, especially Matt Dillon (when is he ever BAD in a movie?) and Neve Campbell. But the supporting performance by Bill Murray is so good he almost steals the show. Film buffs, in particular, will love the way this film is structured, filmed and plotted. It may not be Oscar material, but despite its campiness it is far smarter than most Hollywood films.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2005
First off I agree with the warning to not watch the trailer first because it does give away the first set up in the movie.

When Denise Richards sees Matt Dillion and his student having a water fight as such and says something like, "Is this just a game for the boys, or can anyone play?" She looks so sweet and hot that it's hard to imagine her getting rough and tough later on. However she pulls it off pretty well. In fact they all pull their rolls off pretty well. I couldn't understand why Kevin Bacon seemed a bit stiffer than usual, but that was actually pretty good acting....I can't really say much more about why without giving too much of a hint at one of the twists, but it's interesting when you step back and see what he was actually doing.
I give it 5 stars because it's both fun and funny, and of course very hot at times. Well worth a look....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2001
This sleek and sexy flick was full of suprises. The story line is pretty basic in the beging. High school girls (Richerds)&(Campelle) accuses school consler (Dillon)of rape. When a detective (Bacon) comes to investigate he finds a little more motive than expected! This movie is full of twists and quite well done. Vrey similar to cruel intentions only this goes as far as murder. A awsome movie filled with sex, comedy, action and suspense!
*There is also quite some nudity! Breasts and shocking enough full front and back nudity for Kevin Bacon.Buy this awsome movie!You will most likely not regreat it!
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