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Up Against Amanda (2000)

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After childhood abuse by her step-father and eight years in a juvenile psychiatric lockup, Amanda Lear is released. Her shrink is also her lover, who surreptitiously pays her rent on a nice... See full summary »





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amanda Lear
David DeWitt ...
Richard Pierce
Karen Grosso ...
Laurie Pierce
John Alan Richards ...
Dr. Arnold
Officer Red
Officer Wharton (as Willard Pugh)
Skippy McGriff ...
Amanda's Stepdad
William L. Edwards ...
Sergeant Blathen
Roberta Randall ...
Ariauna Albright ...
Nicole (as Ariana Albright)
Meagan Smith ...
Young Amanda Lear
Alexis Kent ...
Sheila Gallagher
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After childhood abuse by her step-father and eight years in a juvenile psychiatric lockup, Amanda Lear is released. Her shrink is also her lover, who surreptitiously pays her rent on a nice house for a year. She moves in, takes one look at her neighbor Richard, and dispatches her doctor. To cover her tracks and to begin her seduction, she gets Richard's help with a security system. Soon she's bugging his calls and spying on him with hidden cameras, taking advantage of a rift between Richard and his wife who's in Nashville cutting a record. Amanda will stop at nothing to get Richard's exclusive attention. Will this good neighbor wise up before the hot tub overheats? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Sometimes the beauty is the beast.


Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and sexual content




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15 September 2000 (USA)  »

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Originally entitled "Malicious" during production. See more »


Amanda Lear: You made love to me in your hot tub - don't you recognize my voice?
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19 August 2003 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

As one other IMDB reviewer has remarked, this movie starts a bit slow, but gets considerably better as it goes along. Yes, it is released by Roger Corman, and yes, it goes over some of the same thematic ground as much higher budget predecessors such as FATAL ATTRACTION and POISON IVY. However, the juxtapositioning of the wife's career as a rising blues singer against the husband's gathering loneliness and his almost Freudian need for filling the emotional and physical "void" or "hole" while she's away along with the clever use of minimal effects and settings is nicely done. Utilizing a very small number of locations and characters, and also using water in almost every scene both as a cleansing and drowning metaphorical symbol throughout, this movie, though clearly suffering from a minuscule budget, reminds me in many ways of the more fully realized and more recent scenario, namely the French film "SWIMMING POOL" which it seems to me at least may have borrowed liberally some useful ideas from "UP AGAINST AMANDA." With a smaller tool set, UP AGAINST AMANDA maintains its suspense with a rudimentary, fatalistic view of surrendering to ones occasional lustful temptations, but accomplishes this as well or better as other films in this genre. The twist of the stepfather abuse of Amanda in the past (again, very Freudian) is also very unique in this genre and interesting. I agree with other viewers about the unexpected and sympathetic reaction for Amanda's plight this aspect of the story elicits. The cast is excellent I think.

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