Not Too Wild About This One

Bruce Von Stiers

The trailer makes this film make it seem steamier than a laundry. Matt Dillon and Kevin Bacon star in Wild Things. What could have been a hot, steamy, mystery ends up being nothing more than a sexploitation film.

Sam Lombardo (Dillon) is working as a high school guidance councilor in Blue Bay, Florida. He is accused of sexual assault by student Kelly Van Ryan (Denise Richards). Her mom (Teresa Russell) once had a fling with Sam. Now she's on the bandwagon to get Sam. Nothing much might come of the accusation except another student steps forward. Suzie (Neve Campbell) is a chick from the wrong side of town. It seems that she has nothing in common with Kelly other than Sam supposedly assaulted her too.

A Sex Crimes detective duo, Ray Duquette (Bacon) and Gloria Perez (Daphne Rubin-Vega) investigate the case. They think that the case stinks to high heaven but are told to butt out by the boys at the top. They check some things out on their own.

The case goes to court with Sam represented by sleazy lawyer Ken Bowden (Bill Murray). On the other side is the prosecution, aided by Sam's former girlfriend's dad, Tom Baxter (Robert Wagner).

The case goes south and Duquette really thinks something hinky is going on. He sticks to the girls like glue. He finds out some very interesting and titillating things.

The story twists, turns and folds back on itself several times.

For those of you who drool over teacher-student sex scenarios, this is a film for you. But if you're looking for a tightly woven, intense, yet steamy mystery, then this isn't it.


Copyright © 2000 Bruce E. Von Stiers