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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 <>

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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: It's not the smoke that kills - it's the smoker.
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So bad it's good!
15 May 2004 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

This really is quite a tacky movie but it can be forgiven its foibles thanks to a few redeeming features. Justine Priestley is beautiful so all the boys will love seeing her strut around in next to nothing. And hey girls, need hairstyle ideas for your prom? Look no further. The hairstylist on this movie had a field day; Amanda sports an elaborate new hair-do in practically every scene. Amanda is also quite an ingenious little thing. She gives MacGyver a run for his money with a bit of break & enter followed by the installation of fibre optics in a roof. She has gadgets galore (scanner, model dressed like her attached to a light timer, TV hooked up to David's house watching his every move) and a great line she shoots at Buzz when he complains about second-hand smoke: "It's not the smoke that kills you, it's the smoker". Ah Buzz, second-hand smoke is the LEAST of your worries! This was never gonna be an Oscar winner. It's a cheap little "thriller" with a few (unintentional) laughs and Justine is fantastic as the evil bitch posing as the All-American girl-next-door. What guy could say "No" to this babe? David certainly couldn't and ... well, you can guess the rest. 2/5 stars (for effort).

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