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Wild Things: Unrated Edition

Sony // 1998 // 115 Minutes // Unrated
Reviewed by Judge Patrick Naugle // June 7th, 2004

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Editor's Note

Our reviews of Wild Things (published April 28th, 1999) and Wild Things: Unrated Edition (Blu-ray) (published July 26th, 2007) are also available.

The Charge

Revenge never tasted so sweet.

The Case

In Blue Bay, everything revolves around money, and I mean everything: wealth, power and beauty seem to be cherished above all other things. We're quickly introduced to our main characters; Sam Lombardo (Matt Dillon, Singles) is a high school teacher who is knows how to bed almost any woman he comes across. During a school assembly he writes the words "sex crime" across a blackboard, a prophetic idea that soon comes back to haunt him: after two of his students, including the rich, sultry Kelly Van Ryan (Denise Richards, Starship Troopers), come by to wash his jeep for the school's charity car wash, Sam is blindsided by a rape accusation.

Though it's obvious Kelly has the hots for Mr. Lombardo, did she willingly sleep with him or did he force himself upon her? When the whole thing goes to court a new witness shows up, trailer trash Suzie (Neve Campbell, the Scream trilogy), along with two cops (Kevin Bacon and Daphne Rubin-Vega) intent on getting to the bottom of this case. When tempers flare in the courtroom, the truth is suddenly exposed, starting a chain reaction of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the roll of the end credits!

For a lengthier review of Wild Things, check our previous review of Columbia's original release.

Wild Things is a film that somehow rises above its B-movie roots—it's not quite an A-level drama, but it's not the complete hokey schlock you may be led to believe. The film features strong performances by a talented cast, including Kevin Bacon as a relentless cop, Matt Dillon as a womanizing high school guidance counselor, and Bill Murray as the much-needed comic relief. Oh, and did I mention Denise Richards and Neve Campbell make out in a pool?

Yes, that's right: I said Neve and Denise make out in a pool. And on a bed. And in a threesome with Matt Dillon. And for the ladies there's a close-up of Kevin Bacon's impressive wang. In fact, when everything is said and done, Wild Things won't be remembered for its twisting story or snappy characterizations. What Wild Things will be remembered for is the fact that two smokin' hot babes get it on not once, but twice. And a free peek at Kevin Bacon's wang. Denise "Mrs. Charlie Sheen" Richards pulls off her shirt, proudly displaying her two main acting talents. Wild Things is like the classy edition of Showgirls, which is a statement I never thought I'd write in my film reviewing career, but there you go.

All right, so putting aside all the hot and heavy love scenes, is Wild Things worth the watch? Surprisingly, yes. Wild Things is a competently constructed thriller that features a bit of drama, a little humor, and a lot of Florida alligators always looking like they know more than they're letting on. The film was directed by John McNaughton, who also made the overrated horror movie Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. McNaughton finds the right balance here between film noir and black humor, both well mixed into a screenplay that should not be discussed until you've seen the movie.

I liked Wild Things, more than I probably should of, but not quite as much as seeing Denise's boobs. The twists and turns in the story kept me guessing until the very end. And who can complain about watching a couple of Hollywood mega-hotties making out in a giant blue pool? Wild Things is worth checking out if you're in the mood for something with a bit more bite to it.

Or Kevin Bacon's wang.

Wild Things: Unrated Edition is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen. I'm not sure what Columbia's previous DVD edition of the film looked like, but this transfer looks great. The colors and black levels are all solidly rendered without any bleeding in the picture. Dirt, grain, and edge enhancement are completely absent. I couldn't find any major flaws with this transfer—it's attractive and should make fans of the film happy.

The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English and Japanese. Much like the video presentation, this sound mix is very good. There are a few well placed surround sounds in the mix, including a funky music score by composer George S. Clinton, not the guy who is part of the P-Funk All Stars (and no relation to Bill). All aspects of the mix are free of any hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc are English, French, and Japanese subtitles.

This second DVD edition of Wild Things doesn't feature many more extra features than its predecessor. Aside of a few talent bios and theatrical trailers, the only supplements on this disc is all the "unrated" footage included in the film!

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 86

Perp Profile

Studio: Sony
Video Formats:
• 2.35:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (Japanese)
• English
• French
• Japanese
Running Time: 115 Minutes
Release Year: 1998
MPAA Rating: Unrated
• Crime
• Erotic
• Film Noir

Distinguishing Marks

• Unrated Bonus Footage
• Talent Bios
• Theatrical Trailers


• IMDb

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