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Bad Manners (1997)

Wes and Nancy are a married academics couple. One day they host Nancy's long-ago lover Matt and his current sexy girlfriend Kim. Matt is a musician and Kim is a computer specialist who ... See full summary »

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Wes Westlund
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Nancy Westlund
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Matt Carroll
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Kim Matthews
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Professor Harper
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Wes and Nancy are a married academics couple. One day they host Nancy's long-ago lover Matt and his current sexy girlfriend Kim. Matt is a musician and Kim is a computer specialist who helped Matt to make some discovery in his science. Wes suspects Kim of stealing 50 dollars from him and that starts tension, intrigues, mistrust. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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9 October 1998 (USA)  »

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Intrigas em Família  »

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The teacup held by Professor Harper (Julie Harris) is antique American china made by Stetson called American Beauty. The china was originally sold in grocery stores for pennies a piece, but is now quite valuable. See more »

Quotes

Kim Matthews: You're being a bore.
Wes Westlund: I am a bore. I lead a placid life.
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El's Fugue
Written and performed by Saul Rubinek
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Makes you think
6 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In contrast to the superficial, high-action flicks that constitute so much of the Hollywood fare, I found Bad Manners to be more adult-oriented, provocative, strong. Kim's flippant, naughty bravado lends itself to the suspicions the others have of her (as far as the "theft" of the fifty dollar bill). The real drama is almost unnoticed. Wes seems "safe" as a husband. His career has stalled, and worse, he has failed (is failing) as a husband, and makes no effort to change. Matt and Kim show up, and for all of Kim's sassiness, she performs a powerful service -- especially to Nancy. The very end has a couple touches that upset everything. Kim had never stolen the fifty at all. (Does that mean she was also innocent of the music "fraud" as well). And second, Nancy is presented as contemplating (at least) her own liberation, sexually. And Kim, blamed and abandoned by all, is alone and outcast -- yet apparently quite innocent after all.


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