Wild Things (1998)

WILD THINGS is a trashy treat.  Matt Dillon plays an edge-of-the-
Everglades guidance counselor, accused of rape by one of his high 
school students (STARSHIP TROOPERS' Denise Richards).  Theresa Rus-
sell plays the rich-bitch (and nymphomaniac) mother, while Bill 
Murray (!) and Robert Wagner (!!) duke it out as opposing attor-
neys.  Neve Campbell (SCREAM 2) shows up a little later as a key 
witness, while Kevin Bacon patrols the fringe as a local law of-
ficer.  Needless to say, sleaze ensues, but not nearly as much as 
expected.  Director John McNaughton (HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL 
KILLER) opts for a restrained touch.  He rarely goes whole-hog 
over-the-top and, thus, the film feels more than a little lethar-
gic.  (I looked at my watch.)  Still, this ain't your typical not-
made-for-cable-TV thriller.  When did you last see a courtroom cat-
fight a la Jerry Springer?  Or Kevin Bacon flashing the Full Monty?  
Or a series of explanatory scenes shown over the closing credits?  
Pretty cool.  (Rated "R"/108 min.)

Grade: B

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