In some cockeyed sense, OUTSIDE THE LAW is as confused as Tony, its bisexual heroine, who effortlessly moves from lesbianism to preference-altering sex with a studly LAPD detective. Bisexuality is not the only flip-flop here--unrequited love leads to murder, past crimes (cloudily exhumed)
resurface to haunt the protagonists, and the volatile hero risks life and pension to bend the law in bed with a suspect. OUTSIDE THE REALM OF REASON might be a better title.
When a councilman's beautiful daughter, Billy Soriana (Stephanie Swinney), is fatally knifed while heading home from a lesbian tryst, dual suspect trails snake from the scene of the crime. While hotheaded detective Brad Kingsbury (David Bradley) points an accusing finger at Spike (Robert LaSardo),
Billy's drug-pushing ex-beau, his adoring partner Paige (Ashley Laurence) and rival police force veteran Geoffreys (Steven M. Gagnon ) target Billy's dyke dreamboat Tanya Borgman (Anna Thomson). While neglecting his young daughter and ignoring his infatuated partner, hard-drinking Brad finds time
for the Hitchcock blonde Tanya even after her green-card husband winds up dead. Burying her grief in Brad's chest, the switch-hitter is haunted by a past incident in which her fiance's death was covered up by arson at his hotel and his former girlfriend Tammy committed suicide. For years, Tammy's
nutty sister Felicia (believed to be dead) taunted Tanya with accusations. Meanwhile, when dogged Geoffreys make a play for spurned Paige, he discovers a button at her apartment which matches one found at the second crime scene. Steps ahead of her coworker, unhinged Paige (who's really vengeful
Felicia) shoots Geoffreys. At knifepoint, Paige/Felicia rounds up innocent-all-along Tanya for an impromptu birthday party for Brad's daughter. Having figured out Paige's reasons for lying about Felicia's death, Brad races back to town. When Paige/Felicia's gun gets knocked behind a bar during a
fracas, Brad's kid hands the pistol to Tanya, who distracts Paige/Felicia with her poor aim. After Paige wounds Tanya, Brad fells his weirded-out partner with a gun blow to the head, thus ending Felicia's long-running campaign of revenge against Tanya.
The skill of the genre piece in continually suturing its gaping plot holes is no match for its resolve to throw Bradley and Thomson on top of each other. Since their clinches are steamy, wolf-whistling action fans will willingly forgive the salivating flick's many lapses in logic and taste.
Because Thomson ranks as videodom's most beddable blonde since Virginia Madsen, both male and female girl watchers will receive sufficient arousal stimuli. Of course, one must accept the film's tenet that lesbianism is an vocational pastime for the horny. Apparently, sexist video hucksters really
think that all gay- bisexual women need is a romp with a hunk like Bradley to reclaim them for heterosexuality. Damagingly, the events of Tanya's death-plagued past do more than cast shadows on the character's innocence; they distance the audience because the screenplay deliberately keeps them out
of focus. Already mystified about the relationships of those involved in the hotel fire, viewers won't be all that satisfied with the last-minute revelation about Paige's true identity. Having Brad's partner turn out to be the murderer is less the intended surprise than a bushwhacking of the
audience. (Considering the recent antics of Mark Furhrman, maybe this flick isn't stretching truth in assuming that Paige could sail through police training.) Taking into account that OUTSIDE THE LAW borders on the nonsensical, viewers may still enjoy Bradley's broad-shouldered presence and
smoldering Thomson's incandescence. Going-for-the-gut violence and spiraling rumblings of suspense fuel up this deja-vuness with enough energy to reel in sex-addicted action buffs and keep them hopeful the plot won't interfere with the orgasmics. (Graphic violence, extreme profanity, extensivenudity, sexual situations, substance abuse.)
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- Released: 1995
- Rating: NR
- Review: In some cockeyed sense, OUTSIDE THE LAW is as confused as Tony, its bisexual heroine, who effortlessly moves from lesbianism to preference-altering sex with a studly LAPD detective. Bisexuality is not the only flip-flop here--unrequited love leads to murde… (more)