Review Date: September 22, 1998
Director: Adrian Lyne
Writer: Sarah Kernochan and Zalman King
Producers: Antony Rufus Isaacs, Sidney Kimmel and Zalman King
Mickey Rourke as John
Kim Basinger as Elizabeth
The soundtrack sucks (except for Brian Ferry's "Slave to Love" and the sex with food song), the direction is standard, and the story line blows chunks, but still, the nostalgia factor and Mickey Rourke acting, well, like Mickey Rourke, still managed to keep this film afloat the recommendable area. Also, if you're into Kim Basinger in any which way, shape or form, check this piece of tape out, 'cause God knows there are plenty of "provocative" shots in there to keep you busy during those long and lonely winter nights.
Overall, the film's plot is jammed with sex, some small talk about sex, kinky sex, some sadomasochistic undertones with a touch of control and misogyny, and even kinkier sex. If you're into any of that stuff, cheezy '80's soundtracks, Mickey Rourke's younger days, or even Kim Basinger's rack, I suggest you walk into your local video store and lease this Johnson for an evening. If not, your life will not change, and you could still catch an even greater acting coup by Mickey Rourke in the under-appreciated BARFLY (8/10) co-starring the lovely Faye Dunaway. Either way, Adrian Lyne's still a perv.