The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Diego of Lazy Sunday Movies. He has chosen another great genre for this coming month. We will be reviewing our favorite Psychological Thriller Films.
Great choice Diego!
Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Psychological Thriller Movies…
Number of Times Seen – 2 (Theater in ’92 and 27 Oct 2016)
Brief Synopsis – After breaking up with her fiancee a businesswoman in New York City puts an ad in the newspaper seeking a new roommate.
My Take on it – This is a film that was part of the thriller sub-genre of the 90’s where they had a female lead take on some kind of psychotic adversary.
The lead was always an empowered woman and the men in these films were always powerless to help fight off the bad guy and usually sexist at the same time.
In this film, Steven Weber and Stephen Tobolowsky effectively fill both of those make roles.
I actually only saw this once and that was nearly 25 years ago when it came out and for some reason, I recalled it being much better than it actually is.
The acting by Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh are both fine, but the problem is actually the script because they don’t give either character much meat in order to make the film more enjoyable.
Overall, this film feels lacking and seems at best average.
Bottom Line – Not as thrilling or suspenseful as I recalled. Definitely fits into the genre of female empowerment thrillers from the 90’s because of the way they portray men as sexist and powerless. The acting is ok here but the scriot feels too lean because none of the characters feel developed enough. Overall, a pretty mediocre thriller.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Bridget Fonda had the choice of playing either Allie or Hedy. She ended up choosing to play Allie, because she said it was a harder role (From IMDB)
Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Far from it. This was probably viewed much better when it came out, but now it seems quite mediocre.
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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