Wild Things 2
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A rich, spoiled girl with an asshole as a father is considered lucky when his plane goes down in the ocean and she's the main benefactor of his $70 million fortune. Unfortunately for her, it turns out that he was only her stepfather, and that his will leaves everything to his board of directors or actual blood child instead. Oddly enough, a woman who claims (and then, turns out to be...) to be his real daughter comes forward and collects on the dough. Complicated enough for you? That's just the first 20 minutes or so. Then, an insurance adjuster gets into the picture...sheesh...
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
There were a few elements that made the original WILD THINGS movie a "fun time" including an array of diverse actors, lots of sex, interesting plot turns and gorgeous locations. This straight-to-video follow-up covers some of those basic elements, but tosses 2 second-rate actresses into the lead spots, one sexual three-some scene that tames compared to the original Dillon/Richards/Campbell action (in this case, the lead "name" in this film, Susan Ward has apparently signed the "no nudity" clause into her contract, since she just removes her shirts from the back, and we don't see anything...ever!), a couple of decent plot turns, but plenty of ridiculous ones in the end and yes, granted...the same plush locations in Florida, looking pretty similar to the first film. And oh yeah, the girls make out in a couple of scenes, but it felt a little "forced", not like the original.
Having just watched the first movie right before this one, I noticed a multitude of similarities as well including specific scenes that were taken right out of the original and placed inside this one's flimsy plot (an opening auditorium scene in which cops speak to students, a courtroom scene with girls jumping on each other, a man suspicious of everything and following the girls around, a car turned over into a swamp, etc...) The only stand-out element in the sequel was the presence of "actual actor" Isaiah Washington, slumming from his usual sharp turns in such films as OUT OF SIGHT and TRUE CRIME, to play an insurance man (no joke) who apparently knows more about murder, forensics and autopsies than everyone on NYPD BLUE, CSI and LAW AND ORDER combined! Despite some crappy dialogue along the way, he still manages to come off okay.
The film also looks nice, only lasts about 85 minutes and just like in the original, features some during-the-end-credits sequences from the film, that help explain a lot of the questions anyone would still have about all of the backstabbings. But if you're looking for all-around "guilty pleasure" fun like the original, forget this turd with only a couple of tit shots (even then, from Rosie Perez look-a-like Leila Arcieri), too little sex and too many far-fetched turns, especially near the end.
A handful of hot, rich, teen movie previews, as well as a surprisingly long 22-minute behind-the-scenes segment entitled "Making the Glades". Sadly, director Perez tries his best to convince us that he's "in on the joke" and that he's made a "self-aware" thriller, but lost me when he tried to sell the film as a "fun comic book" (huh??) and its many action scenes, including one featuring "Isaiah Washington jumping into a swamp!"-- is that the best you can do, dude? I won't even begin to chuckle at his mention of the film moving at "100 miles an hour". The man must've been on speed. The rest of the players also come in to discuss the movie and somewhat embarrass themselves. Susan Ward says that she doesn't like to do movies that "repeat the same thing" (then why'd you sign on, honey?), while Washington lets us know why he took the part: he was "challenged by the text" (duuuude??) Needless to say, everyone is trying to make themselves look good despite being in a pretty cheesy movie and I suppose that's understandable. The director's exuberance is infectious though.
Too much like the original, but only in its surface elements and not its more important ingredients like plot, sexual potency and engaging twists and turns. It's pretty obvious to everyone that this sequel was created for monetary reasons with a "TV movie of the week" level of drama, B-level actors and lack of attention to detail. The film looks pretty and features a decent 22-minute look at the behind the scenes, but even then, rent it only to watch as a back-to-back evening with the original (and even then, if only to play a drinking game in which you take a shot every time they do something EXACTLY like in the first movie...trust me, you'll be drunk 20 minutes into it)