Writer-director Stu Pollard's ingeniously conceived thriller was filmed on location in Kentucky and fairly oozes intoxicating Southern languor.
David Dailey (Gil Bellows), host of Louisville's top-rated radio show, is married to professional fundraiser Susan (Kim Raver); together they're a very attractive power couple. Meanwhile, Kentucky politician Brooks Voight (Stacy Keach) is at the race track reluctantly meeting Melody Carpenter (Jennifer Westfeldt), the latest girlfriend of his son, Sean (Christian Kane), a failed musician. To the embarrassment of both father and son, Melody rejects Sean’s very public proposal of marriage via the track's giant neon result board. But Melody isn't a cold-hearted bitch: In fact, she's so flustered by having humiliated Sean that she runs smack into the path of a car. Fortuitously, David and his on-air aide, Whit Harrington (Jamie Harrold), are on hand to play
Good Samaritans; Melody gratefully hands David her business card, which he'll be using sooner than he could have expected. A mysterious fan has been taunting David with cryptic notes, the latest of which points David to a hotel room where he discovers Susan in the arms of another woman. The distraught David gets into his car and promptly runs a red light; after being arrest he phones Melody and asks her to bail him out. Meanwhile, someone has been following Melody — could it be the controlling Sean, who's so suspicious that he even keeps his band under surveillance? Or might it be Brooks' girl friday, Holly (Elizabeth Pena), who may also have reason to spy on Melody? While Sean attempts to woo Melody with the offer of a European dream vacation, David tries to placate his bisexual wife with a menage a trios. Unfortunately, somebody is recording David's reputation-damaging escapades and isn't about to be bought or warned off.
Pollard sets up a number of trick situations that keep the viewer guessing, and also encourages his cast to bring an off-kilter edginess to roles that could otherwise have been genre stereotypes. Between the sexual betrayal and career envy, it's a movie aimed directly at the Eve Harrington in us all.
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- Released: 2005
- Rating: R
- Review: Writer-director Stu Pollard's ingeniously conceived thriller was filmed on location in Kentucky and fairly oozes intoxicating Southern languor. David Dailey (Gil Bellows), host of Louisville's top-rated radio show, is married to professional fundraiser… (more)