After Megan Harris (Carla Cugino) is found half-dead on the beach following a brutal assault, she learns she may be brutalized further on the witness stand if she presses charges. Although District Attorney Lisa Heller (Catherine Dent) and detective Helen Norwich (Aida Turturro) are squarely in Megan's corner, the pursuit of justice is complicated by the fact that the perps are two bisexual women, Pat Long (Rya Kihlstedt) and Alex Arnold (Anna Thompson), who assaulted Megan with a wine bottle. Heller's case against them falters when witnesses suggest that Megan, who has a history of sexual masochism, was behaving provocatively at the bar where she met the women. Hitting a wall of resistance from the defense lawyer, Carol Brocker (Lorraine Toussaint), Heller locates other victims, but can't persuade them to testify. Soon Heller herself is receiving vicious threats. While ostensibly a message movie, this is one of those perversely misogynist anti-rape dramas whose real agenda is to titillate. Instead of underscoring the legitimate right of victims to keep their shady pasts from impugning their credibility, this opportunistic film can barely refrain from salivating over the details of Megan's rape. By the time a videotape of the horrific crime surfaces, viewers will grow weary of guessing how many members of the population-at-large are involved. Nor does Megan, as spottily interpreted by Cugino, elicit much interest, despite her dissembling personality. Proponents of all things kinky, Pat and Alex are pansexual felons sashaying through a tawdry production that gets an endorphin rush from sexualities, not legalities.
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- Released: 1999
- Rating: R
- Review: After Megan Harris (Carla Cugino) is found half-dead on the beach following a brutal assault, she learns she may be brutalized further on the witness stand if she presses charges. Although District Attorney Lisa Heller (Catherine Dent) and detective Helen… (more)