It has corruption, deception, intrigue, and an investigation that delves into the deep, dark realm of criminal...
No, really, it's an excuse to see two very attractive women in extremely ludicrous situations with Matt Dillon which by itself earns a couple of snorts.
Several questions arise if this movie is, indeed, "brilliant". What police investigator is so stupid as to let this case initially stump them? How can the rest of the department be so stupid? How can the audience NOT see this "plot twist" coming? Why isn't the word "melodrama" not found anywhere on the back cover of this DVD?
I rented this movie with a couple of friends one night. My favorite scene involves Denise Richards on the stand. "He had his hands...you know...in both places..." My reply was instant: "What...one hand in each nostril?" One of the girls at this party was laughing so hard that we had to stop the movie for about 5 minutes before she could regain composure. After getting a glare from her boyfriend, I did my utmost to restrain myself.
But let's face it. The dialog is insipid and the plot is contrived. Seriously...would the movie REALLY have gotten the same attention if both the female leads were played by Kathy Bates and Whoopi Goldberg? No offense to brilliant actresses, by the way -- the point simply is to say that this film is aimed at the shallow average young male going nowhere above the physical.
Personally, I don't let my film choices be shadowed by physical appearance which probably is the reason why this film was so unappealing to me.
Enough of that. The storyline is quite cleaver. A young Councillor(Matt Dillon) is interned at a wealthy set Florida high school. He has connections to the school through the mother of a daughter(Richards) attending. However the daughter wants to get hold of the wealth of her family trust and plots with Dillon and down and out fellow student (Neve Campbell) to get it. They us a cleaver plan involving a false rape complaint and fake murder. However the whole thing turns to custard and the end result is the unexpected.
Bill Murray makes an apperance as Dillons lawyer and his light humor is a distraction from other things that go on, including the infamous motel room tryst and swimming pool scene.