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Very Bad Things -- A prostitute is killed during a bachelor party and the attendees turn on each other as the wedding approaches.
Very Bad Things -- Michael offers to buy Lois a new minivan during the funeral.
Very Bad Things -- Kyle and Laura have a public argument in line at the court house over whether Kyle sent all the wedding checks.
Very Bad Things -- After accidentally killing a prostitute, Robert Boyd explains the group's options for what to do next.
Very Bad Things -- While burying dead bodies, Kyle explains that their souls won't rest in peace unless all the limbs and blood are buried together.

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Writer (WGA):
Peter Berg (written by)
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Release Date:
25 November 1998 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A very savage comedy. This fall. Tell no one. See more »
Plot:
A prostitute is killed during a bachelor party and the attendees turn on each other as the wedding approaches. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Sick...twisted...and a lot of fun! See more (475 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jon Favreau ... Kyle Fisher

Leland Orser ... Charles Moore

Cameron Diaz ... Laura Garrety

Christian Slater ... Robert Boyd

Rob Brownstein ... Man

Jeremy Piven ... Michael Berkow

Daniel Stern ... Adam Berkow

Jeanne Tripplehorn ... Lois Berkow
Joey Zimmerman ... Adam Berkow Jr.
Tyler Cole Malinger ... Timmy Berkow (as Tyler Malinger)
Kobe Tai ... Tina (as Carla Scott)
Russell B. McKenzie ... Security Guard

Pancho Demmings ... Cop (as Pancho Demings)

Blake Gibbons ... Suit
Angelo Di Mascio Jr. ... Clerk

Lawrence Pressman ... Mr. Fisher
Steve Fitchpatrick ... Cop at Hospital
Brian Grandison ... Doctor #1
John Cappon ... Doctor #2
Linda Klein ... Doctor #3
Byrne Piven ... Rabbi

Bob Bancroft ... Barry Morris
Trey Davis ... Receptionist

Marilyn McIntyre ... Judge Tower
Wrangler ... Bunker the Dog 4 Legs
Trooper ... Bunker the Dog 3 Legs
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Brian Sampson ... Wedding Videographer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Peter Berg 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Peter Berg (written by)

Produced by
Cindy Cowan .... producer
Ted Field .... executive producer
Laura Greenlee .... line producer
Michael A. Helfant .... executive producer (as Michael Helfant)
Joanna Johnson .... associate producer
Scott Kroopf .... executive producer
Diane Nabatoff .... producer
Michael Schiffer .... producer
Christian Slater .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Stewart Copeland 
 
Cinematography by
David Hennings (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Dan Lebental 
 
Casting by
Debi Manwiller 
 
Production Design by
Dina Lipton 
 
Art Direction by
Michael Atwell 
 
Set Decoration by
Kathy Lucas 
 
Costume Design by
Terry Dresbach 
 
Makeup Department
Nancy Baca .... key makeup artist
Howard Berger .... supervisor: K.N.B. Effects Group, Inc.
Daniel Curet .... key hair stylist
Robert Kurtzman .... supervisor: K.N.B. Effects Group, Inc.
Greg Nicotero .... supervisor: K.N.B. Effects Group, Inc.
Rachel Russo .... assistant hair stylist
Jeanne Van Phue .... head makeup artist
 
Production Management
Eric Bergman .... post-production supervisor
Beth DePatie .... production supervisor
Shelly Glasser .... executive in charge of production
Laura Greenlee .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lisa Campbell .... first assistant director: second unit
Eric Heffron .... first assistant director
Chris Howell .... second unit director
Richard Oswald .... second assistant director
Basti Van Der Woude .... second second assistant director (as Basti Van der Woude)
 
Art Department
Brent A. Blom .... swing gang (as Brent Blom)
Robert J. Carlyle .... construction coordinator
Jennifer Croyle .... shopper
Michael Deak .... sculptor (as Michael S. Deak)
Bob DeCourt .... carpenter
Jim Ealey .... construction medic (as Jim Ealy)
Tim Ewell .... carpenter
Chris Fobert .... painter
William A. Fobert .... general foreman
Gerald Gates Jr. .... paint foreman (as Gerald Gates)
Randal R. Groves .... carpenter
Jill Haber .... painter
Ted Haines .... sculptor
Robert Hale .... painter
Chris Hanson .... sculptor
Christopher Humbracht .... carpenter (as Christopher R. Humbracht)
Garrett Immel .... sculptor (as Garret Immel)
Noelle King .... set designer
Richard Lambert .... leadman
Vincent Lozano .... carpenter (as Vince Lozano)
Dikran Mahakian .... carpenter
Kurt Miller .... carpenter
Patrizia Nicoloso .... stand-by painter (as Patricia Nicoloso)
Gus Olafsson .... assistant prop master (as Gus 'Gudjon' Olafsson)
Scott Patton .... sculptor (as Scott Patten)
Mike Pearce .... sculptor
Chris Pearson .... swing gang
Mike Peritz .... swing gang (as Michael Peritz)
Rodney Petreikis .... on-set dresser
Ron Pipes .... sculptor
Thomas A. Ritchotte .... carpenter
Trevor A. Rudolph .... swing gang
Ron Seigel .... property master
Ashley Sibille .... art department coordinator
Jeffrey Sibille .... swing gang
William Small .... swing gang
Gary Thomas .... storyboard artist
Rod Walton .... carpenter
Henric Nieminen .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Frank Bradley .... cable puller
Joseph A. Brennan .... stage engineer (as Joe Brennan)
G.W. Brown .... sound editor (as Greg Brown)
Lawrence L. Commans .... boom operator (as Lawrence Commans)
Steve Copley .... foley supervisor
Yann Delpuech .... supervising sound editor
Kim Drummond .... sound editor (as Kim Haves)
Jim Eustace .... foley assistant
Gary Gegan .... sound re-recording mixer
Don Givens .... machine room recordist
Galen Goodpaster .... assistant sound editor
Rich Gorton .... foley assistant
Philip Harrelson .... sound production assistant
Matthew Iadarola .... sound re-recording mixer
Robin Johnston .... machine room recordist
Larry Keating .... sound production assistant
Darren King .... sound editor
Gregory King .... supervising sound editor
E. Niles Klein .... assistant sound editor (as Eric Klein)
Maura C. Lanahan .... sound production assistant
Kate Lumpkin .... additional boom operator (as Kat Craig)
Russell McAbee .... additional boom operator
Rob Nokes .... sound editorial technical consultant
Michelle Schubert .... foley assistant
John Sievert .... foley artist
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
John Switzer .... post-production sound coordinator
Meg Taylor .... sound editor
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist
Mark Weingarten .... production sound mixer
James Wright .... consultant: Dolby (as Jim Wright)
 
Special Effects by
Larry Fioritto .... special effects coordinator
Bruce Mattox .... special effects (as Wm. Bruce Mattox)
Virgil Sanchez .... special effects
Jason Collins .... lab technician: K.N.B. Effects Group (uncredited)
Gary Zink .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Lincoln Kupchak .... visual effects editor: Flash Film Works
John P. Mesa .... visual effects supervisor: Flash Film Works (as John Mesa)
Dan Novy .... technical supervisor: Flash Film Works
Sean Prusak .... roto artist: Flash Film Works
 
Stunts
Perry Barndt .... stunt performer
Richard L. Blackwell .... stunt performer
Francis Bradley .... stunt performer
Hal Burton .... stunt performer (as Harold Burton)
Jennifer Caputo .... stunt performer
Gilbert B. Combs .... stunt performer (as Gil Combs)
J. Mark Donaldson .... stunt performer
Chris Howell .... stunt coordinator
Robert Jauregui .... precision driver: second unit (as Bob Jauregui)
Robert Jauregui .... stunt performer (as Bob Jauregui)
Kurt D. Lott .... stunt performer (as Kurt Lott)
William Morts .... stunt performer (as Billy Morts)
Spiro Razatos .... stunt performer
David Rowden .... stunt performer
Spike Silver .... stunt performer
William Morts .... stunt double: Christian Slater (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nick Arnds .... grip (as Nick Arnds IV)
Keith Batchelor .... electrician
Leo Behar .... grip
Andrew J. Coe .... grip
Alan Cohen .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Al Cohen)
Raul Colletta .... video playback operator
Stephan Collins .... Steadicam operator
Mark Shane Davis .... key grip
Caleb Dewart .... camera production assistant
Joseph Dianda .... additional key grip (as Joey Dianda)
Eddie Farmer .... electrician
Kevin 'Rambo' Fitzgerald .... best boy grip
Ian Fox .... camera operator
Ian Fox .... director of photography: second unit
Jamie Franta .... grip
Kirk R. Gardner .... Steadicam operator (as Kirk Gardner)
Shai Greenberg .... second assistant camera: second unit
Ted Kennedy .... grip (as Ted S. Kennedy)
John W. Kristopik .... electrician
Jack Lane .... loader
Scott Levy .... electrician
Steven R. Morales .... rigging gaffer
Dominic Napolitano .... first assistant camera
Randy Nolen .... Steadicam operator
Bill Pierson .... dolly grip
Michael G. Riba .... first assistant camera (as Mike Riba)
Clive Richards .... best boy electric (as H. Clive-Richards)
Alex Skvorzov .... chief lighting technician
Henry Tirl .... Steadicam operator
Michael J. Walsh .... second assistant camera
Shawn Whelan .... rigging grip
Jeff Zimmerman .... additional camera operator
Robert Zuckerman .... still photographer
Joe Broderick .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Joe Broderick .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Ray Patrick .... hot head technician (uncredited)
Val Schubert .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Mindy Bazar .... casting associate: Pagano Manwiller Inc.
Webster Kolich .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Renee Levy Hazelton .... set costumer
Stacey Seeds-Ferrence .... costume supervisor (as Stacey Seeds)
Karen Vanderhorst .... wardrobe intern
Amy Wetherbee .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Dawn Michelle King .... first assistant editor (as Dawn Gerrior)
Mary Nelson-Duerrstein .... negative cutter: Executive Cutting
Chris Regan .... color timer
Frank Salvino .... executive in charge of post-production
 
Music Department
Jennifer Barak .... assistant music editor
Michael Dittrick .... supervising music editor
Sharyn Gersh .... music editor (as Sharyn Tylk)
Sterling Meredith .... music supervisor
Judd Miller .... musician
Jennifer Nash .... additional music editor
Jeff Seitz .... music mixer
Dawn Soler .... executive in charge of music: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment (as Dawn Solér)
Michael Thompson .... musician
Rochelle Sharpe .... music department (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Paul Burlin .... driver
Bruce Callahan .... driver
John Charachy .... driver (as John Characky)
Curtis Clark .... driver (as Curtis E. Clark)
Jeff Coffman .... driver (as Jeffrey A. Coffman)
Angel Desanti .... driver
Don Feeney .... driver
Scotty Goudreau .... driver (as Scott Goudreau)
David Joseph .... driver
Brian Joseph Moore .... driver (as Brian Moore)
Derek Raser .... transportation coordinator
Laurence John Reynolds .... driver (as Laurence J. Reynolds)
Geoff Teagardin .... driver
J.T. Thayer .... transportation captain (as JT Thayer)
Earl Thielen .... driver (as Earl V. Thielen)
Tracy Thielen .... driver
Charles A. Visconte .... driver
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
George A. Sack .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Sally Allen .... associate: Michael Schiffer
Edward Argüelles .... cast production assistant
Ryan Beveridge .... assistant: Stewart Copeland
Tracey V. Black .... craft service
Dale Brandenburg .... caterer: DeLuxe Catering Inc.
Deborah Concalves .... assistant: Peter Berg
Richard Davis Jr. .... additional locations
Matt Draves .... set production assistant
Kimberly Edwards .... post-production accountant (as Kimberly Edwards-Shapiro)
Richard Eggers .... caterer: DeLuxe Catering Inc.
Steve Elster .... studio teacher
Richard Frasca .... caterer: DeLuxe Catering Inc.
Marc C. Geschwind .... cast production assistant
Ellen Gessert .... location scout
Joanne Griffin .... animal trainer
Kathy Guerra .... cast production assistant
Derek Guiley .... assistant: Mr Schiffer and Ms Nabatoff
Paul Hargrove .... craft service
Jim Hartz .... studio teacher
Sheri Jeffrey .... legal council: Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler
Linda Klein .... medical consultant
Gary Kurashige .... set medic
Patricia LaMagna .... assistant: Mr. Slater (as Patty La Magna)
Lucienne Lane .... assistant: Peter Berg (as Luci Lane)
Jerry Legget .... first assistant accountant
Robert J. Lemos .... cast production assistant
Erin Maguire .... cast production assistant
Don McDaniel .... animal trainer
Bega Metzner .... set production assistant
Teresa L.E. Meyer .... production coordinator
Eddie Michaels .... unit publicist: Michaels, Wolfe & Tencer
Hilary Momberger .... script supervisor
Bryan O'Cain .... office production assistant
Jeffrey Craig Owens .... office production assistant (as Craig Owens)
Dave Reynolds .... office production assistant (as David Reynolds)
Bobbi-Lynn Riley .... assistant production coordinator
Mindy Sheldon .... production accountant
Mary Ann Stewart .... script supervisor: second unit
Ken Struck .... assistant locations
David Thornsberry .... location manager
Albert Torres .... assistant: Mr Nabatoff
Alison Troy .... key set production assistant
John Vidal .... set production assistant
Chris Warren .... caterer: DeLuxe Catering Inc.
Jennifer Coyle .... clearences (uncredited)
Michael DeSantis .... second assistant accountant (uncredited)
Kristin Gwinn .... animal wrangler (uncredited)
Michael Hansen .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Monica Mullens .... assistant: Mr Kroopf (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Jonathan Bader .... special thanks
Joe Blake .... special thanks
Fiona Copeland .... special thanks (as Fiona Copeland)
Rob Corn .... special thanks
Colin Cotter .... special thanks
Bill D'Elia .... special thanks
David Dotson .... special thanks: Panavision, Woodland Hills
Ari Emanuel .... special thanks
Todd Gray .... special thanks
Davis Guggenheim .... special thanks
Andrew Gumpert .... special thanks
Jim Hart .... special thanks
Katia Herman .... special thanks
Toni Howard .... special thanks
Tracey Jacobs .... special thanks
Graham King .... special thanks
Rick Kurtzman .... special thanks
Andy Miller .... special thanks
Guy Oseary .... special thanks
Cynthia Pett-Dante .... special thanks (as Cynthia Pett Dante)
Dawn Soler .... special thanks (as Dawn Solér)
Nick Stein .... special thanks
Jamie Tarses .... special thanks
John Tinker .... special thanks
Happy Walters .... special thanks
Kym Wulfe .... special thanks
 
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong, grisly violence, sexuality, drug use and language
Runtime:
100 min
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:MA | Austria:16 (DVD rating) | Belgium:KNT | Canada:18A | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Germany:18 (original rating) | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2004) | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 | Israel:18 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R-15 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/16 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:18 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:18 (canton of Vaud) | UK:18 | USA:TV-MA (TV rating) | USA:R (certificate #35972)

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Trivia:
Adam Sandler was originally cast as Michael Berkow but dropped out at the last minute to make The Waterboy (1998). Jeremy Piven took the role.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The coat hook embedded in the dead prostitute's head is missing except in the last shot when the security man is inspecting the body.See more »
Quotes:
Robert Boyd:A simple vote. We've got two choices. One: we clean up this mess, right now, bury it out in the desert, go home, and never look back - or, we can easily call the police, roll the dice, take our chances, and pray to God that it's only Michael who falls.
[Michael looks up, stricken]
Robert Boyd:Our choices are simple: desert - or police.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "V.I.P.: Thunder Val (#1.16)" (1999)See more »
Soundtrack:
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20 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Sick...twisted...and a lot of fun!, 11 July 2003
Author: MovieLuvaMatt from New Jersey

If you're expecting a pleasant Howard Hawks-ian comedy, you rented the wrong damn movie! So don't say I didn't warn you. Besides, the video/DVD cover shows Christian Slater holding a chainsaw. How much warning do you need? First of all, "Very Bad Things" works out better if you don't treat it as a straightforward comedy. It's basically a mix of suspense and comedy. Almost like "Fargo." Now before you jump on me, "VBT" is nowhere near as great as "Fargo," but the two films are practically equal in tone.

At least the film contains one element that some comedies lack: the characters AREN'T acting as if they're in a comedy! When the characters panic and do foolish things, they're not contrived comic moments. People do the most absurd things when they panic.

It's hard to explain what exactly it is that makes the film funny. You just have to watch the film. But people really, really mean it when they label this as a dark comedy. Writer/director Peter Berg tries to keep a somewhat quirky tone, though. There are some slanty camera angles and the soundtrack conflicts with the tone of each scene. Don't worry, it's done intentionally. Berg, who's known mostly as an actor in films like "Cop Land" and "The Great White Hype," makes a fine directorial debut, though there is some improper pacing.

Finally, the actors are what make this film most worth seeing. I've always been a fan of Christian Slater, and believe him to be an underrated talent. He seems passionate about every character he plays, and spouts out every line of dialogue like it's poetry. His character is very interesting, as he seems to keep his cool in every situation, no matter how tragic or violent. Daniel Stern's another underrated talent, since he mostly does lightweight family comedies like the "Home Alone" flicks, and does a great job at playing his constantly paranoid character, who's the complete opposite of Slater's. Cameron Diaz gives a fine comic performance as the tightly-wound, hot-tempered wife of Jon Favreau. I think this is one of her most unique performances up-to-date. I think this was before she became such a sex symbol. Now fame has gone a little bit more to her head, starring in such throwaway flicks as the "Charlie's Angels" films and "The Sweetest Thing." She is in fact a very talented actress, but this movie most proves that she's more than just a pretty face. Speaking of pretty faces, Jeanne Tripplehorn also gives a fine comic performance as Stern's tightly-wound wife.

I consider myself an admirer of dark comedies, but any type of film can fail. This one doesn't. It made me laugh and kept me in suspense. And it has a great share of profanity, violence and nudity (that Asian stripper was deliciously hot!!!). "Very Bad Things" is not for the straitlaced, or faint of heart, but for the rest of us--have fun!!!

My score: 7 (out of 10)

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