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Single White Female 2:Psycho (DVD)
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When Holly Parker (Kristen Miller) Moves Into Her New Apartment, She Thinks She Has Found The Perfect Roommate: Tess Kositch (Allison Lange), A Sweet And Shy Young Woman Who Desperately Wants To Be Her Friend. But Underneath Tess' Shy Exterior Lies A Killer, A Woman Who Believes There Is Nothing Sweeter In Life Than Murdering A Friend In Pain. And Holly Is Feeling A Lot Of Pain Lately, What With Her Boyfriend Cheating On Her And Her Co-Worker Undermining Any Chance She Has For Promotion. But Holly Need Not Worry. Tess Will Take Care Of Her. For Holly Is Her Friend. And For A Killer Like Tess, There Is No Greater Reward Than Putting Her Friends Out Of Their Misery.
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trashy,and more soft core porn than thriller.there's some pretty bad
hairdo's in this one.and there are the pretty people,and i mean that in a
sarcastic way.the two friends/co workers were supposed to be hot,i
guess,but they really just seemed plastic.the only woman in the movie i
found attractive was Alison Lange because she wasn't all prettied
up.she has natural beauty to her.anyway,that's beside the point.back to
the movie.there aren't really any sympathetic characters.they all get
what they deserve,especially for being as stupid as they all are.having
said that,i actually thought this was a fun movie,watching the bad
acting,and the main characters continually trying to screw each other
over.if you ask me,they're all nuts.and then there's Todd Babcock doing
his best Julian McMahon impersonation.all in all it was trash,but it
was amusing trash,i'll give it that.my vote for single White female
2:The Psycho is a 2/5
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Single White Female 2 presents another of many fruitless and unimaginative films released that blatantly uses a title that will attract some viewer's attention. The attention is all that this film seeks, as it might trap a few audience members in order to secure enough profit. Nonetheless, the story follows a concept that Fatal Attraction (1987) exposed through a bloodthirsty mistress. Later in Basic Instinct (1992), a female psychopath emerges through the combination of sex and independence while the nanny goes postal in The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992). Single White Female (1992) continued this psychopathic female trend by adding the twist through the acquisition of a roommate, which caused additional fear in many viewers. Meanwhile in 2005, Single White Female 2 only refurbishes the old idea of the psychopathic feminine power with newer and younger women with an exquisiteness that many men will ogle. However, all other aspects of the film go far below the quality of the original film and many other films in the category.
The story opens with a shot of a little girl discovering a woman in a bathtub with cut wrists (I only wish it did not look like ketchup dripping from the wrist.) I assume the director, Keith Samples, tries to evoke some deeper meaning in this scene where the audience should draw inferences to a disturbing childhood. The problem with this scene is that it forgets to point the audience in a direction, which coerces the audience to retreat to previous experiences with similar themes and stories. However, the title Single White Female 2: The Psycho has already functioned as an obvious reminder to what the scene intends to suggest. The film continues to exploit trendy pop-psychology through secretive items hidden away in cellars, locked suitcases, and sadomasochistic occurrences (Barbet Schroeder, the director of the original film, directed Maîtresse (1976), which gives a far better look on the world of sadomasochism.)
Consequently, the story follows a predictable path where two competitive women in their mid-20s clash together, as the borders between the personal, professional, and sex diffuse. This conflict leads the story's red headed protagonist, Holly, to seek a new home with a friendly and understanding woman. However, Holly slowly begins to realize that there is something strange and bizarre about the woman from whom she rents a room, as the woman begins to borrow her clothes, color her hair like Holly, and have an uneven temperament. Eventually the film comes to the part that everyone is waiting for-the shinny kitchen knife and the demented woman's inability to deal with rejection and separation.
Single White Female 2: The Psycho only has one thing that might keep some men's attention - beautiful women. Besides this trite exploitation of beauty, there is not much substance that would develop much entertainment, suspense, or contemplation, as this sequel most likely feels like a clumsy copy of the original film. Unfortunately films such as this one do instigate the notion of poor filmmaking, and an opportunity wasted on potential talent.
`SWF2' is just another direct-to-video film with almost no redeeming points except as a reminder of the original `SWF' which was not a great film, but still far better a thriller than this one. Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh (especially the latter) were very good, and Barbet Schroeder almost made us forget the impossible story with his camera. No such things can be found in `Single White Female 2' in which all you can see is the similar story told in a slower and clumsier fashion.
Once again we are to meet a single white female (working for PR film in NYC) Holly (Kristen Miller) who starts to live with another single white female Tess (Alison Lange). It takes some time for the new roommate to find that she is living with a very unusual girl, who hates other people's lies but can wear someone's else dress without asking and go the seedy club named `SIN' (really). Who should she do? Live with her? Leave her? Apparently Holly doesn't know the right answer, doing stupid things one after another.
But before the film gets down to business as thriller, it has to show us so many thrill-free elements that only slow the pace: Holly's job and promotion, her unfaithful (and repentant) boyfriend; her back-biting co-worker who says `Sexual manipulation is my specialty"; and so on and on. As thriller the film fails to deliver, with the predictable path it follows, not-so-effective acting from the leads, and the poorly shot scenes that do not know how to convey the thrills even as cheap ones like gore. The film makes feeble attempt to engage our attention (here I'm talking about male audiences) with some images of the ladies in underwear in vain.
The original `SWF' was not without derivative script, but had several good moments like creepy character by Jennifer Jason Leigh and that high-heel. Though it is not terrible, everything is still bland and superficial in `SWF2.'
Therein lies the problem, originality. Like most people I do look for a little more action in a sequel, but I also want to be surprised with a new twist from the original version, SWF 2 did not provide this. The characters were dull and uninteresting and offered nothing new to the role.The plot was basically the same as the original only not as good.
However, I would still give it one thumb up if you want to watch it on free tv, but I would not spend any money for this movie.