This sex-on-the-brain thriller that can't be bothered to baffle viewers, instead skipping along the path of audience expectations with scarcely a detour. Stock analyst Lauren Bishop (Kari Wuhrer) can be as tough as any man, but she's having trouble climbing the ladder of success at her firm, Dewinter/Hathaway. Even when she nails the lucrative Pli-Tech account, her chauvinist boss, Harry Burnham (Benjamin King), fires her for making an end run around his strategy. Dewinter/Hathaway CEO Leland Dewinter (George Lazenby) realizes that Burnham made a mistake in firing Lauren and rehires her, but she's still smarting about the company's sexism. Coincidentally, she's in a singles' bar and spots a co-worker she knows slightly, poor-little-rich-boy Clay Harding (Stephen Baldwin), who resents the fact that his father keeps him on a tight financial leash. Clay rescues Lauren from a swinger who's slipped her a date rape drug, but there may be more to the incident than meets the eye: the would-be assailant was hired by Burnham, and Burnham is chummy with Clay. Before you can say "film noir," Lauren is dispensing fiduciary tips to trust-fund-baby Clay, and with the help of her private eye pal, Manny Molka (Michael Gregory), she's able to fake the identity of an out-of-town client so Clay can get into his father's account. Lauren hatches a shell game that will help Clay to grab his inheritance immediately, but Clay has no intention of sharing the wealth in fact, he's been setting Lauren up to take the fall. Can she outfox Clay before it's too late? Baldwin and Wuhrer have absolutely no on-screen chemistry, so their characters' larcenous game of one-upmanship never has the sexually charged edge that distinguished better femme fatale pictures from the rest of the pack.
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- Released: 2002
- Rating: R
- Review: This sex-on-the-brain thriller that can't be bothered to baffle viewers, instead skipping along the path of audience expectations with scarcely a detour. Stock analyst Lauren Bishop (Kari Wuhrer) can be as tough as any man, but she's having trouble climbin… (more)