After 1980s success as a popular juvenile lead, saucer-eyed Molly Ringwald marches into an unrewarding FATAL ATTRACTION ripoff.
Jock Doug Gordon (Patrick McGaw) has trouble concentrating on sports-medicine studies because fiancee Laura (Sarah Lassez) adheres to a good-girl policy that only gets him to second base. When she goes college shopping out of town, Doug plays relationship hookey and accompanies a pal to a mixer.
Vixen Melissa (Ringwald) targets him for her pent-up possessiveness and drives Doug wild with carnal pleasure. The fun carries a price Doug doesn't want to pay when Laura returns. Handling rejection badly, Melissa bugs Doug's nervous mom (Mimi Kuzyk) at his house and makes her presence felt as the
teaching assistant in his anatomy class. After Melissa slays his pussycat and deposits it at Laura's place, Doug admits his indiscretion. Worse is to come; Melissa cries rape in front of a baseball scout recruiting Doug, getting him arrested, while engineering his mother's accidental overdose on
the sly. Finally Laura's research into Melissa proves to cops that incest abuse unhinged the campus siren enough for her to kill her father (still hung in a home freezer) and institutionalize her mom. Two months later, falsely secure in San Francisco, Laura exercises poor judgment (like everybody
in this plot) by choosing supposedly long-gone Melissa as a roommate. She ties Laura up, crushes a patrolman's skull and assaults Doug with a baseball bat. Fortunately Doug's been practicing on the diamond himself, and bats the bitch out the window.
Is the world really filled with so many psychotic vamps with cling-complexes and tumescent chumps who can't keep their peckers zipped? What's most disturbing is MALICIOUS using an incest survivor as looney killer. Refusing to humanize this terminatrix, the script salivates over a history of sex
abuse for shock value. If you get your bloodthirsty kicks savoring date-from-hell flicks, MALICIOUS gets sufficient mileage out of its cautionary tale of a college kid learning the cost of cheating on a bride-to-be. But what does it say about hypocritical American sexual values that dalliance is
always grounds for a rise in the homicide rate? It would be nice to report that falling star Ringwald transcends her slasher film surroundings, but she doesn't deliver hubba-hubba sex appeal, and her screen presence barely registers a pulse. Without compensatory gifts, Molly fades into the
woodwork of a formula aimed at sending oversexed frat brothers back into the arms of their marriage-minded sorority girls. One-night-stand freak-outs like MALICIOUS are just a new form of those explicit Army documentaries warning about social diseases, the same old scare-mongering starring sexual
liberty as the boogeyman. (Graphic violence, extreme profanity, nudity, substance abuse, sexual situations, adult situations.)
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- Released: 1995
- Rating: R
- Review: After 1980s success as a popular juvenile lead, saucer-eyed Molly Ringwald marches into an unrewarding FATAL ATTRACTION ripoff. Jock Doug Gordon (Patrick McGaw) has trouble concentrating on sports-medicine studies because fiancee Laura (Sarah Lassez) adhe… (more)