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The Right Temptation (2000)

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A detective falls for the man she's supposed to be investigating; dire complications follow.






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Cast overview, first billed only:
Derian McCall (as Rebecca DeMornay)
Anthea Farrow-Smith
Captain Wagner
Donia Chiarizia ...
Joey (as Scott Subino)
Audra Lea Keener ...
Man at Bar


Derien McCall, a nightmare-plagued ex-cop turned private investigator, takes an odd assignment from Anthea, the wife of a wealthy real-estate magnate, Michael Ferrow-Smith: to flirt with him and see if he expresses interest. Her emotions quickly take over and the flirting becomes more than that. Derien conducts an affair with Michael and breaks off the client relationship with Anthea, but a desperate call from Anthea brings Derien to Michael's house late one night. What's going on, Derien wonders, has she been set up? If so, by whom? Can she solve the crime, avoid imprisonment, and rid herself of the demons of her past? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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She's A Private Investigator Who's Found The Wrong Man But... [The Right Temptation]

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and sexuality | See all certifications »




Release Date:

May 2001 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

You Can Stop Looking, I'm Already Dead  »

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Sound Mix:

(Dolby stereo)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Michael is shot and falls through the window, there is no glass debris falling around him as he falls. See more »


Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »


Written by Phil Marshall
Courtesy of Slash Back Music (BMI)
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Great to see Kiefer in a romantic role!
21 August 2000 | by (Kalamazoo, Michigan) – See all my reviews

I was beginning to wonder about Kiefer Sutherland. Despite 17 years in the business and nearly 50 films, he's had few romantic moments on screen, particularly if you discount the coming-of-age stories he did early in his career. Thus, it was a real treat to see him in a sexy, mature romantic role in "The Right Temptation," and he was certainly up to the task.

Kiefer's talented enough that he can almost always find a way to shine, even when the material is weak, and both he and Dana Delany do so in this movie. Too bad the married couple they play (Michael and Anthea) has zero screen time together. Some well-scripted give-and-take between these two (steamy or not) could have added some interesting twists to the tale. Rebecca DeMornay (Darien), who's ostensibly the center of this piece, panted well enough during those love scenes with Michael, but either didn't have the skill to carry the lead or was hopelessly constrained by the script. Take your pick. In particular, the background story, which was supposed to give us insight into Darien's character and motivation, was simply flat. You kept wishing it would stop intruding at every turn.

The movie is only decent, but see it for the love scenes. It's always exhilarating to watch actors who can effectively convey sexual passion without having to reveal all their assets in the process.

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