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r_burgos2003
07-26-2003, 06:52 PM
OK, so it has Julia Stiles in it. That may turn a lot of people off. Or maybe on. This was one of her first rolls and it was a direct-to-video semi-hit back in 1998. It's an amazing film and watching it last night, I had to write this review.

WICKED is a movie where nothing is what it seems.

14-year-old Ellie Christianson (Julia Stiles) lives to run away. In fact, she has a suitcase just for that. She never does, always giving up her fight. She always fights with her mother Karen Christianson (Chelsea Field) who's having an affair with deadbeat loser neighbor Lawson Smith (Patrick Muldoon). She seems to only get along with her dad, Ben (Billy Moses) and little sister, Inger (Vanessa Zima). One day, Karen is bludgen to death with a mask (part of the comedy and tragety masks) in her own home, in a gated community. All fingers point to Ellie who never liked her mother much and is always getting into trouble. Ellie was always the Daddy's Girl and a confessed favorite of her father's. So she decides to take over where her mother left off, wearing her clothes and cooking for her family. After she seduces her father, she thinks that they will be together forever. But when former maid Lena Anderson (Louise Myrback) decides marry Ben to get her green card, Ellie gets the idea that she should try to run away again....

The review seems short but I can't write much without giving anything away.

WICKED is a very visual movie. Spetacular colors are used in several scenes. Before the murder, everything around the house is completly white. Making the viewing of blood a lot more shocking and graphic.

RECCOMENDED TO FANS OF:
Dressed To Kill (1980)
Wild Things (1998)
Poison Ivy (1992)

CAST
Julia Stiles..............Ellie Christianson
Louise Myrback..........Lena Anderson
Billy Moses..............Ben Christianson
Chelsea Field.......Karen Christianson
Vanessa Zima.......Inger Christianson
Patrick Muldoon............Lawson Smith
Linda Hart.........................Mrs. Potter

THE MOVIE: 3.5/4

THE PICTURE QUALITY is a 9.5/10. There are some specks that appear briefly. However it's in 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen which drags in an extra point for the rebounds.

THE AUDIO QUALITY is Dolby Surround 2 channel while the box states there is a 5.1 channel on the package as well. 8/10

THE SPECIAL FEATURES are trailers for several movies including this one and filmographies (no doubt to show off what Stiles has been in)

SUBTITLES: English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Thai.

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Tawny
07-27-2003, 12:29 AM
Great review.I've seen this playing on cable but I always skipped it.Maybe next time I won't:D

r_burgos2003
07-27-2003, 03:23 AM
Do NOT skip this one! it's on my TOP 20 LIST as such memorable lines. It's really great IMO.

dwatts
07-27-2003, 03:38 AM
Dude, you got a thing for crazed schoolgirl movies? ;)

r_burgos2003
07-27-2003, 03:46 AM
Can't help it. I own:


SWIMFAN
THE CRUSH
POISON IVY
POISON IVY 2
POISON IVY 3
WICKED

and prob. more!!!

dwatts
07-27-2003, 12:45 PM
:eek1:

r_burgos2003
07-27-2003, 06:50 PM
WICKED will be on: MMAX (Cinamax 2 or whatever) SATURDAY/EARLY SUNDAY at 4:50am.