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“They did a bad, bad thing!” [menu intro song]
on 16 July 2017
In this 1999 adult mystery drama Dr. Bill Harford [Tom Cruise] and Alice [Nicole Kidman] are both ‘hit on’ at a Christmas party. After a frank argumentative discussion Alice’ fantasies are revealed causing Tom to question his own fantasies with other people, but where will it end?
Personally, I wouldn’t class this as an erotic movie, it has adult content and lots of nudity but it’s more about controlling desires, sexuality and trust rather than eroticism. Starting off in a warm fuzzy orange this creates a dreamy, affluent and seemingly carefree world where the background colours reflect the current plot mode, green for jealousy etc, as the story unfolds. Well written and directed with amazing camera work [albeit in a TV format], this never really reaches a ‘run’ tending to stroll along at an even pace which is all part of its charm, although many may complain that it is slow and plodding.
The single disc offers play, scene selection, special features [cast & crew, interviews with Cruise, Kidman and Spielburg] and Tv spots [Jealousy, combo] and Languages [English soundtrack (the only option!), subtitles in English, Arabic, Russian, Romanian, English hearing impaired, off]. Rated 18 this has nudity and a woman using a toilet within the first 2 minutes and full frontal in the first 15, and with numerous uses of the F word and much adult discussion, this could easily offend some.
This seems to go nowhere but stick with it and you’ll get sucked in to a shady underworld where no-one is who or what they first appear. Even the end scenes cast doubt on what has really taken place and each individuals involvement in them.