This gumbo of sexual innuendo and scare tactics is crippled by its self-defeating flashback structure. How did college writing major David Klein (Shawn Hatosy) end up babbling in a hospital? It's up to Detectives Nagel (Dwayne Hill) and Anders (Lorraine Bracco) to cut through the lies about what happened to David, his girlfriend, Jenny Kelly (Rachael Leigh Cook), and his best friend, Alan Hammond (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers). Beginning at the beginning, David recalls his complex relationship with Alan, who had a criminal record. When David falls for coed Jenny, Alan seduces her and suggests that the trio could become a modern-day Three Musketeers. To prove his commitment to the ideal of friendship, Alan kidnaps the other two and drives them to a dilapidated mansion. After a boozy night of truth telling the experiment seems to work, but odd-man-out David secretly resents steeping aside. David rebounds and dates another student, Elise Stevens (Estella Warren), whom competitive Alan also seduces. When someone snitches about Alan's side gig selling marijuana, he believes David did it to get him out of the way, never considering that Jenny might have been the tipster. At the abandoned mansion, Jenny, David and Alan confront each other with their recriminations and jealousies. The climax involves vehicular assault, Jenny's tumble from a balcony, a shoot-out and Alan's lapse into a coma. Although Jenny buys David's heroic explanation of saving her from Alan, the cops remain skeptical about his claim that everything he did was in self-defense. The unadulterated truth is, indeed, tangled. This thriller's convoluted psychosexual dynamics can't compensate for the fact that the characters are callow and vapid.
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- Released: 2003
- Rating: R
- Review: This gumbo of sexual innuendo and scare tactics is crippled by its self-defeating flashback structure. How did college writing major David Klein (Shawn Hatosy) end up babbling in a hospital? It's up to Detectives Nagel (Dwayne Hill) and Anders (Lorraine Br… (more)