Bad Influence


Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 75%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 51%
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 6209


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James Spader as Michael Boll
Rob Lowe as Alex
David Duchovny as Club Goer with Glasses
John de Lancie as Howard
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754.4 MB
23.976 fps
1hr 39 min
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1hr 39 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by drpakmanrains 5 / 10

Good Start Becomes Increasingly Unbelievable

I didn't see this when it came out, and just saw it over 25 years past its release. As I loved "The New Kids", from 1985, which starred James Spader, I purchased a 2 movie DVD that included this film. It started out well, and had a really intriguing premise, where an uptight young professional meets a free spirit, Rob Lowe, who takes it upon himself to loosen up Spader and get him to enjoy life more. For a while this works well, both entertaining and often humorous, but as it goes on, it gets more and more unlikely, and ultimately seems totally implausible. Curtis Hanson is a fine director and has done far better films, including "L.A. Confidential", and "The River Wild", the latter one of my all-time favorites. This is really a "B" movie, which is not an indictment, but while it was watchable and fun, it kind of tailed off as it often went over the top. First half 7, last half 4.

Reviewed by Mr-Fusion 7 / 10

"I didn't make you do anything that wasn't in you already"

I think the real surprise of "Bad Influence" is that James Spader's not the bad guy. He's actually the good one, or this movies version of one anyway. The real sleaze is the fresh-faced Rob Lowe, going full-psycho.

This movie pulls you in because Spader's a weakling, whose fortunes really take a positive turn after a chance encounter with the supportive Lowe. It's nice to see someone take charge and make things happen in their life; but that only lasts so long before the relationship sours and things get really bad. But there's also the moral quandary involved (Spade can't go to the police because hands aren't exactly clean) and that keeps things from settling into a tired stalker/prey groove.

A good script and stylish direction really make this stand out as a noirish thriller. The two leads (on paper) seem better suited to the opposite roles, but they pull it off. And even though the ending has its surprises, it still stays true to the story.

The influence might be bad, but the movie isn't.

Reviewed by Scott LeBrun 7 / 10

"You're gonna die with your mouth shut."

James Spader is typically engaging in the role of Michael, a wimpy yuppie who tends to not stand up for himself. He is about to get obliterated by a jealous boyfriend in a bar, when a stranger (Rob Lowe) steps in to save his ass. He ends up running into Lowe again, and thanks him, and a curious relationship develops. "Alex" (Lowe) introduces the element of risk into Michaels' life, and helps him "grow a pair", so to speak. But Michael soon learns that only dark things will come out of this supposed "friendship", and he realizes that he must eliminate Alex from his life.

"Bad Influence" is a decent thriller set in hip, "modern era" California, with various clubs and parties used as backdrops. Well shot by Robert Elswit, it boasts a screenplay by then relatively fresh screenwriter David Koepp. It may not be on the level of "Strangers on a Train", but it entertains in compelling enough fashion. The give and take between our hero and his nemesis creates sufficient tension, as Alex sets about trying to prove that he was merely exposing the hidden ugly side that Michael wasn't showing the world. As this plays out, you can't help but sympathize with Michael to some degree, as the story turns into this kind of nightmare that seems to have no end in sight. There are some sexy ladies in the cast, and a little dose of gore, so this thriller does deliver in terms of some sex and violence. Director Curtis Hanson, who at this time hadn't yet achieved mainstream recognition, guides it all in style.

Lowe is decent as the shady antagonist with the undetermined motives. He seems to be just plain evil. Spader outshines him, of course, and receives strong support from a cast including Lisa Zane, Kathleen Wilhoite, Marcia Cross, Tony Maggio, Grand L. Bush, and John de Lancie. Keep your eyes peeled for David Duchovny, who appears fleetingly in a club scene. Christian Clemenson delivers a standout performance as Michaels' slightly pathetic brother who tries to redeem himself in his siblings' eyes.

Solid entertainment that picks up considerably in its second half.

Seven out of 10.

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