This film was hailed as a great change for Sarah Michelle Gellar from her Buffy character. In 2001 it probably was but, apart from the language, as Buffy has grown up the character is not that different. The noisy, and fully-clothed, sex scenes may be a bit stronger than on TV but not a lot.
Gellar is the cheerleader daughter of a mafia don. When her Basketball star student boyfriend desperately wants money to help his parents rebuild their tornado-shattered home, she persuades him to throw a game so that she can bet on it to make a lot more money. She reckons without two FBI agents who are watching the deal to try to get evidence on her father.
Complicating matters is her boyfriend's experimentation with drugs. Despite the warnings of his professor, Joey Lauren Adams with whom he is also sleeping, he takes a large dose of LSD cooked up by a chemistry student. The attempts of the FBI agents to extract a confession from him while he's tripping provide some of the humour of the film. Two caricature young mafia hit men provide most of the other humour.
The director opts for a film style that is clever rather than easy to watch. The opening scene splits the screen between the noisy bedroom action and the opening moments of a basketball game. From there we go in to filming that skips frames while the dialogue continues and lots of flashbacks that sometimes make it hard to work out where we've got to in the plot. In fact the picture seems to flow most smoothly when we see it distorted through his Acid trip.
With almost all the characters flawed by greed, sex or drugs, the one that comes across in the most sympathetic light is the mafia don. You know the good guys will probably win in the end but you're not really sure who qualifies as good.
Despite the special effects, the drug trip is rather too long and mostly fairly dull. Definitely a film for Gellar fans, but I'm not sure how much it would have going for it without her.