Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde (1995)
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Sean Young is great (in more ways than one) as Helen Hyde. Although it may not prove to be everyones cup of tea I think that it could grow on you.
The whole story line is about a doctor who tries out an experiment left by his Great Grandfather, But it ends up turning him into a girl.
The laughs start and stop there. I think its worth a 7
The film loosely mixes in themes of the difference between men and women both personally and career-wise into the plot; but these themes are only ever half baked, and feel as though they've been incorporated by accident due to the plot rather than because the film has anything to say. The acting is your typical over the top comedy stuff, with Timothy Daly taking the lead role. In fairness, he approaches his role with relish and is actually quite good, despite his silly voice-overs. Sean Young gets the role of his alter-ego and sleepwalks through the film, while the shining light where the cast is concerned comes from Lysette Anthony's corner. Not because of a great performance; but she is nice to look at. Comedic support from Stephen Tobolowsky, Harvey Fierstein and Jeremy Piven gives the film most of its gags, but most of them aren't funny. The way that the plot moves is largely annoying, and director David Price seems to like focusing on an object, and then cutting to the next scene. The plot is basically a series of situations, which does nothing to draw you into it; and it's not long before the film becomes monotonous. I don't recommend this crap at all, but if you like watching films where Dr Jekyll turns himself into a woman; there's always the Hammer Horror flick.
Despite having Piven in the credits, this film is a sexually orientated film that tries too hard to be anything else. Young is sexy, but nothing else. Daly is disappointing, and can't handle the character. The others are also nothing special.
Don't watch this if you have any self respect. For great comedy, go to the Farally Brothers because they're sure to tickle your ribs. Rating=2/5
However like every decade of motion pictures there are bad apples and this film is one apple that fell way off the tree.
It is more or less a comedy retake of The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde but with a twist inside of he becoming a monster, he transforms into a beautiful woman but with a twisted soul.
Dr.Jekyll and Ms.Hyde tells the story of a Perfumer Dr.Richard Jacks (Tim Daly) who discovers his great grandfather is the original Dr.Henry Jekyll. After getting his formula he decides to use it however after testing it on himself he transforms into Helen Hyde (Sean Young) a beautiful yet twisted woman.
Now the plot is mostly a retelling of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde but inside of Dr.Jekyll turning into a monster he transforms into a woman.
However the film just falls short on everything from the acting to the plot of the film.
Looking at the movie now it makes you wonder why was it even given a theater run because it clearly wouldn't break even at the box office and yet HBO Studios took a chance and it wasn't a good one.
I mean there is hardly anything in this movie that will even hold your interest because the plot of the film is ridiculous, the acting is simply awful I have seen small budget TV movies with better acting than this. The effects are boring and very cheap.
And now it is one of the rarest films to get your hands on and pretty much will cost a lot of money to get your hands on.
I'm sure the film has some one to watch it but it just not for everyone.
I give Dr.Jekyll and Ms.Hyde an 3 out of 10
The premise of this story is so obvious you could write in your sleep: A dumb scientist (Daly) decides to test a potion on himself and turns himself into an evil woman (Young). The transformation scenes are somewhat erotic and kind of kinky but that's all the excitement we get. As soon as Hyde emerges, she declares Jacks to be the enemy, acts like she's always been a girl, and goes on a big shopping spree without a care in world, not even bothering to find out what happened to her and why. This pales in comparison to other films like Switch, where main character at least makes a half-decent attempt to find out what's going on and must deal with the glass ceiling, gender stereotypes, and other societal challenges.
Of course, the main character, Jacks, isn't that likable either. Not only is he dumb enough to test the potion on myself, but he easily allows Helen to conquer him at every turn. All he does is whine and complain that nobody will believe him. And if it wasn't for the help of his girlfriend, Sarah, he'd be stuck as a woman forever! Oh no!
Then there are the plot holes that need to be dealt with. Why is the potion so unstable that Helen and Jacks keep changing into each other? And why was Helen stupid enough to burn her grandfather's formula when it could've made her a millionaire?
The rest of the cast in this movie are also as flat as cardboard and rely a lot of stereotypes to get their point across, except for maybe Lysette Anthony's character, who questions whether her boyfriend is actually insane. It'd be nice if the hero and antagonist offered some insight behind their motives, but apparently that was too much to ask.
If the title of this film doesn't tell you what it is likely to be like then the terrible tinkly music that screams 'aren't I wacky?' will certainly let you know what to expect. The music is just an indication of bigger problems - namely that the material isn't funny and the performances are roundly poor. The plot is a vague retelling of the Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde story but has the amazing twist of having Hyde be a woman - wow! This very concept screams 'silly' and the material only helps to make it that way. The plot has tonnes of stupid moments and there is zero logic; for example, Jacks chains himself up but then the very next scene Hyde is at work? This happens several times and just shows how lazy the writing is. Worse than a bad plot is a series of unfunny scenes - made all the worse by the fact that the music is designed as if every scene was hilarious and wacky! I never laughed once and most of the jokes are just lame.
However, it's not all the material's fault, some of it must rest with the cast. Certainly Young is about the worst person for the role. She isn't sexy here and lacks any sense of appeal (to me anyway). Her delivery is flat and even if the material was funny I believe she would have killed it off anyway. Daly is marginally better but the script has him doing things like running round naked in black stockings - after that he has zero dignity left and no way is he able to carry the core of the film. Tobolowsky is average and Piven is pretty amusing but they are let down by the material. Fierstein is like a poison to me but his awful performance seems to suit the film. However this film could have had a superb support cast but Young would have managed to kill it anyway - the fact that the material is bad hides her performance a bit but there's no denying just how much of a bad casting decision she was.
Overall this is a terrible film that may amuse you if you are easily taken in by silly films with 'wacky' music replacing funny material. There is hardly a laugh to be had and most of it is just plain lame - a situation only made worse by a terrible performance from Young.
The story is about Dr.Richard Jacks,a typical nerdy scientist type,whose life is going okay for him but he wants something more,he spends long nights mixing chemicals together for a prize-winning cerum we are told is some sort of medicine. One day Richard discovers his Great Uncle included him in his will,his Great Uncle had 14 million dollars.While his whole family receives boats,houses,and cash,he receives a box of old science journals from his Great Grandfather,and a signed 1st edition copy of Dr.Jekyll and Mr Hyde.Really Richard if you sold that copy to the right buyer you'd probably have a little more than 14 million.
He reads the journals,and discovers that his Great Grandfather was none other than Henry Jekyll.He reads in and finds out his research wasn't far off,Henry just didn't have the tools like computers and such.He decides to try again.
He drinks the cerum,and everything goes fine at first,until he morphs into the beautiful Helen Hyde.
The movie's premise is great,and the Jekyll and Hyde concept can be very funny (Nutty Professor) but the way they pull it off on screen is awful.Helen Hyde is evil like you'd expect.The only real funny things are the transformation scenes,and they get tiresome.Maybe if Richard had a little more control over his alter-ego Helen it would be more funny.
There are worse films out there, but at least this has some humor to it. It's predictable and full of holes. Young seems wasted in her role.
Everyone involved should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves (except maybe Sean Young, who clearly has absolutely no shame). I just don't understand how these films get made. Offensive for pretty much every reason you can think of. Avoid, avoid, avoid.
However at that time of the morning it was almost amusing. Well worth watching in the wee hours with a bottle of wine and a your brain turned off.