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Very Bad Things [DVD] [1999] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Christian Slater, Daniel Stern, Cameron Diaz, Jon Favreau, Leland Orser
  • Directors: Peter Berg
  • Writers: Peter Berg
  • Producers: Christian Slater, Cindy Cowan, Diane Nabatoff, Joanna Johnson, Laura Greenlee
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Polygram USA Video
  • DVD Release Date: 18 May 1999
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305353549
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,158 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Very Bad Things

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Peter Berg's dark comedy about a bachelor party gone horribly awry is highly ambitious in its attempts to satirise suburbia, male bonding, and self-help philosophy, and for the most part it does succeed in hitting its targets with a malicious, misanthropic glee. When five buddies arrive in Las Vegas for some pre-wedding shenanigans, things quickly spiral out of control when the requisite prostitute falls victim to a grisly accident, igniting a spark in an already unstable powder keg of personalities. Following the lead of real estate agent and self-help guy Robert (Christian Slater), the men warily agree on a cover-up and covert desert burial. A couple hours and another corpse later, however, they're already at each other's throats, and their escalating breakdowns threaten to disrupt the highly prized wedding of hard-as-nails bride Laura (a stunning Cameron Diaz). Berg, like most actor-turned-directors (this is The Last Seduction star's filmmaking debut) helms the film with a wildly sliding tone and tends to weigh its strengths heavily on its performers. Slater's psycho turn is by far his most inventive yet (he's more in control than ever before), Diaz effectively mixes sunshine with poison, and Jon Favreau is effective and understated as the hapless bridegroom; the rest of the cast, however, tends to play up the histrionics. Be warned, though: Those expecting a sunny-style There's Something About Mary gross-out comedy will probably be shocked by Berg's take-no-prisoners agenda; this is comedy at its absolute blackest, and no one is spared. --Mark Englehart --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steven Morley on 27 Sept. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
We've all seen the carnage that can follow a stag night, right? Not unless you've seen this film.
A dead stripper (aka the 105-pound problem) forces the stag party into taking increasingly desparate measures to cover up their crime(s)...
The plot twists like a champion contortionist and leaves you laughing, before stopping abruptly to think "That's sick, that can't be funny" - but it can, it is, and it's well worth watching.
The whole cast act superbly, and any fan of Slater will love this.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Robinson on 19 Aug. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
There is a fine line to be drawn between sick humour and comedy, but Very Bad Things seems to be able to toe this line without ever crossing it. The ending of this film had me in stitches on my lounge floor, I had never seen anything so morbid yet so hilarious. However during parts of this film I didn't feel it was acceptable to laugh, but during the lions share it was one of the most funny films i have seen for ages, and one of the most daring also. Buy this film!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sherman31 on 17 May 2010
Format: DVD
This film is what The Hangover failed to do, really go to the extremes that men are capable of when under the influence of Alcohol, drugs, particularly when you are staying in a town where it is encouraged to indulge in every vice imaginable. also this film was made in 1998 and holds up brilliantly .This film has the same premise as The Hangover a bunch of guys go to Las Vegas for a stag night, one of the grooms best friends arranges it and things go fatally wrong. the directing and writing of Peter Berg is brilliant the casting is excellent, Christian Slater has never been better and Daniel Stern is a usual excellent the remainder of the cast you all know well famous names all on top form. if you loved The Hangover you must buy this, these 2 films go together.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Farah Yousif on 14 July 2007
Format: DVD
This very dark film is as good as black comedy gets. An accidental death (don't want to give too much away) at a bachelor party leads to a series of horrific events. Strange and grotesque scenarios occur - escalating into an unexpected ending. Christian Slater plays his role so well its scary. I highly recommend this film - but with a warning: Its not for the faint-hearted.
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Format: DVD
I must admit this film fails on a lot of counts but I did like it. The basic premise: Christian Slater (in a role similar to his Heathers role), Daniel Stern (Home Alone, CHUD), Jeremy Piven (Grosse Point Blank), Jon Favereau (director of Iron Man 2) and that guy with the glasses who was in lots of movies around 1996-97 (Alien Resurrection, Seven, Escape From LA) go on a stag weekend because fatty Jon F is marrying Cameron Diaz (in an intriguingly unglamourous performance). They hire a gorgeous prostitute/stripper, played by "Carla Scott" (aka. porn star Kobe Tai) and Jeremy Piven has a wild, coke fuelled romp with her in the bathroom...and accidentally kills her.

From then on, things take a rather morbid turn with Christian Slater doing his Heathers character again (one of his rare performances with not a whit of Jack Nicholson) and recommending a dangerous and dark solution. They decided to dismember the corpse and bury it in a shallow grave, but keeping that secret will involve a few more graves being dug...

Black humour abounds but often disgusts rather than amuses or impresses. Still, the film isn't nearly as derivative as it seems at first glance and as a relic of the 90s it does have a lot to offer: Cameron Diaz and Kobe Tai in the same movie! An appearance by that guy with the glasses who was in lots of movies around 1996-97! Slapstick involving the handicapped!

And how.
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By bernie VINE VOICE on 17 Sept. 2005
Format: DVD
This is a well designed movie with an interesting story. Maybe a little gory in parts. Then again maybe it is supposed to be. Any way it keeps my attention. What was so weird was they keep it in the realm of "this could really happen."

I have run into a few people like the part that Cameron played. I could see this years from now on something like Mystery science theater 3000, with lines like "she got hung up" and "he was stuck for the drinks."

For real, this was a chance for the people like Christian Slater to be their selves. If you do not think this is a good movie, try "8 Heads in a Duffel Bag" with (Joe Pesci, Andy Comeau, Kristy Swanson, Dyan Cannon, and George Hamilton). Alternatively, maybe "Eating Raoul" directed by Paul Bartel.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gibby on 8 July 2004
Format: DVD
A stag/bachelor party going so right then going so wrong.Wasn't meant but it happened, and they just made it worse and worse!Brilliant acting from them all as they start to crumble. Except from the off balance Christian Slater part who seems to get more and more psychotic. It is a superb, dark,amusing set up with one of the most shockingly funny endings you'll ever see. You could NEVER guess it in your lifetime. Watch it and see what I mean.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE on 30 April 2007
Format: DVD
very bad things is a film written and directed by peter berg and is a deliciously dark and demonic comedy which centres around a group of five friends who embark on a bachelor party to las vegas and get involved in murder which leads to murder after murder to keep the truth hidden,the film seems over the top but is a scenario that can always be called real if you understand my meaning.

christian slater steals the show as an egotistical sales man who unravels a devilish side in front of his friends who more or less take it all in their stride for the greater good,cameron diaz plays the bride to be with more of a desire to get wed than to cry out for help with the death count rolling around ,quick witted and stylish,very bad things is a film for those that enjoy a guilted laugh at the misfortunes of others.
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