Smoothly proficient director Fabien Pruvot keeps screenwriter (and star) Jennifer Farrell's moving at a brisk clip.
Everything looks rosy for financial officer Janet Barkley (Jennifer Farrell), and her husband, Tom (John Castellanos), who's just signed a major book deal. The Santa Barbara power couple invite some friends for the weekend to share the good news. Janet's boss, tycoon Jack Talbot (Eric Roberts), is accompanied by his embittered wife, Sasha (Cyrielle Clair); Michael Green (Al Sapienza), Jack's VP, arrives with his trophy wife, Olivia (April Fissell), who just happens to be Tom’s niece. What neither Jack's employees nor associates know is that Jack has a serious gambling habit that he's been financing but siphoning off company funds to the tune of $2.000,000. Jack is looking for a way to cover his misdeed, and blackmailing his hosts seems like a good one, especially when he spots a couple of adulterers in action. Unfortunately for Jack, he's not the only peeping tom in the house: Someone kills him with a blow to the back of the head. The police are summoned and Detective Nicoletti (Robert Miano) starts looking for a motive: The fact that Michael has been having an affair with Sasho looks like a solid one, since Jack's death benefits him both professionally and personally. But after Olivia is thrown off a bridge to her death, Nicoletti is forced to reassess, and a swamp of lies, DNA evidence and abortive alibis only deepen the mystery.
Thgere's nothing new under the sun, but Farrell's twisty-turny screenplay drives the movie equivalent of a satisfying beach read.
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- Released: 2004
- Rating: R
- Review: Smoothly proficient director Fabien Pruvot keeps screenwriter (and star) Jennifer Farrell's moving at a brisk clip. Everything looks rosy for financial officer Janet Barkley (Jennifer Farrell), and her husband, Tom (John Castellanos), who's just signed… (more)