Very Bad Things
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She was the perfect stripper for a bachelor party. There was only one problem…she was dead. Christian Slater, Cameron Diaz, Jon Favreau, Jeremy Piven, Daniel Stern and Leland Orser star in the savagely funny, unexpected comedy, Very Bad Things. Kyle Fisher (Favreau) has one last night to celebrate life as a single man before marrying Laura (Diaz), so he sets out to Vegas with four of his best buddies. But a drug and alcohol filled night on the town with a stripper who goes all the way, turns into a cold night in the desert with shovels when the stripper goes all the way into a body bag after dying in their bathroom. And that's just the first of the bodies to pile up before Kyle can walk down the aisle. The four friends decide to bury the evidence, but fate has a way of not letting the truth stay buried for long - several ways in fact, all outrageous, all hilarious and full of jaw-dropping surprises.
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Let me begin my review by saying that I love this movie. It slaps us in the face with several themes we'd really rather not think about and forces us to for an opinion on situations we'll hopefully never have to encounter. In many ways the movie resembles "Kill Bill vol. 1." in that the totally over-the-top nature of the violence renders it cartoon-like and therefore meaningless. Pretend that this is set in an alternate universe if it makes you feel better...
The central theme explored in the movie is "Karma", the concept that what goes around comes around. The guys go to Vegas for a bachelor party that goes horribly wrong, and they all end up paying for it in different ways. Comparisons have been drawn between this movie and "Shallow Grave", but I'd also say that "Stag" and "Deliverance" are also valid reference points. Cameron Diaz plays the same character she does in "A life less ordinary", while Jon Favreau revisits "Mikey" from Swingers.
The movie is shockingly brutal in it's portrayal of the limits people will go to in order to lead a quiet life, and while the end of the movie does take on a somewhat farcical tone, it is ultimately nice to see the wheel of karma spin right round.
If you like black comedies, Vegas and Deliverance, you'll love Very Bad Things.
A lot of the characters in "Very Bad Things" are very unredeemable and it's hard to feel any sympathy for them (Boyd, for one, played by Slater), save for perhaps Adam (Daniel Stern), who has an overactive conscience. And as for being a comedy--I don't think so. It's very violent. Horror fans might like this--however, being one, I wasn't expecting this; I was expecting a dark comedy. I only laughed a few times when some of the guys got what they deserved, but more than not I was grimacing. So, yeah, in a twisted way it is funny, but this isn't a movie I'd necessarily recommend, unless you're really into black, black--and I mean black--comedies. It's almost an acquired taste.
In summary: as a comedy it was bad, very bad; but as a thriller, it was good. So, the movie averages out to 3½ stars for me.
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ONe of the best films I ever seen. I have it in 5 copys, all original in diff. languages.
The plot gets more entangled bordering to amzingly hillarious.
Loved this movie-kind of reminded me of A Simple Plan (the movie) where events kept snowballing and people had to keep being killed to keep a secret. Loved the ending, too!Published 2 months ago by Jan E. Stetson
Great film, the movie Hangover was premised from this movie! My opinion .Published 4 months ago by Timothy
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