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14-year-old Ellie Christianson wants to make her father Ben her love partner. And when her mother Karen turns up dead, Ellie has a good opportunity.

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Ellie Christianson
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Lena Anderson
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Ben Christianson
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Karen Christianson
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Inger Christianson
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Lawson Smith
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Mrs. Potter
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After the mysterious death of an upper class housewife, her oldest daughter literally takes her place, dressing in her mother's clothes and seducing the father. A quirky detective investigates the crime and finds that there are many suspects, each with something to hide. Written by Larry McGillicuddy <pcsq84f@prodigy.com>

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Evil Never Looked So Good.

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Inger Christianson: Who died and made you boss?... Oh.
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Pretty good
3 September 2001 | by (Jersey City, NJ) – See all my reviews

I think Julia Stiles is a beautiful actress, so I was anxious to pick this movie up when it premiered on video last week. I was hoping it wouldn't be one of those dumb attempts to capitalize on the success of a now-popular star (i.e.: "American Virgin" with Mena Suvari). The movie actually premiered at the Caanes Film Festival in 1998, so I was a little suspicious as to why they pushed the release date (on video).

First of all, I was pleased to find out that Julia WAS the star. The plot is far from original, and works basically on an entertainment level. However, it has an oddly engaging sense of style that keeps you interested. There are ways to take a formulaic plot, and transform it into something unique and fun--"Wicked" is a fine example. The camera angles, the lighting, the creepy undertones (i.e.: incest) of a seemingly pleasant suburban community, the pacing and subtle comic relief beneath all the tension make this worth watching. This is like the work of a first-time independent filmmaker--and I don't mean that in a bad way.

It's also worthy of seeing the beautiful Julia in a good, early performance. This may not be a masterpiece or even a guilty pleasure worthy of several viewings, but it's a good movie and a good rental.

My score: 7 (out of 10)


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