The Crush (1993)

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A journalist becomes the unwanted center of attention for a 14-year-old girl whom proceeds to sabotage his life after he refuses her sexual advances.



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Nick Eliot, a 28 year old newspaper reporter moves in the guest house of the Forresters'. Everything goes fine until he meets Adrienne, the Forresters' only child, a 14 year old girl. She develops a crush on him. When he ignores her advances, she's rebuffed and willing to kill him. Written by Ryan Burgos

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He thought it was just a crush. He was dead wrong. See more »

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Rated R for language and terror violence | See all certifications »

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2 April 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Darian  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)


$13,609,396 (USA)

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Entertaining in a bad way.
4 September 2005 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

"The Crush" is about a fourteen-year-old girl (Alicia Silverstone) who falls in love with a journalist neighbor, played by Cary Elwes (of "Saw" infamy).

Elwes rejects her come-ons and after she tries to kiss him gives her a slight warning. However her advances are so strong that after a while he is left dazed, as she accuses him of sexual abuse and has the police arrest him.

Destined to clear his name for good, he embarks on a mission to expose her "crush" - and prove to everyone once and for all that she's a psychopath.

A lot of movies like this were made back in the '80s and '90s starting with "Fatal Attraction," although this is one of the more entertaining ones. As far as the acting goes, Silverstone is very sexy (she was older than 14 during filming so I can say this without coming across as a perv) - she's good at playing a devious flirt.

Elwes experiments with his off-again-on-again American accent and the good news is that it's more convincing here than in "Saw" (2004). Except for a few scenes, he pretty much sounds convincing. His acting is up to par as well.

It's not a great movie but it's entertaining, which is exactly what it should be.

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