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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:
David DeWitt ...
Richard Pierce
Karen Grosso ...
John Alan Richards ...
Dr. Arnold
Officer Red
Officer Wharton (as Willard Pugh)
Skippy McGriff ...
Amanda's Stepdad
Lead Guitar Ted
William L. Edwards ...
Sergeant Blathen
Roberta Randall ...
Ariauna Albright ...
Nicole (as Ariana Albright)
Meagan Smith ...
Young Amanda Lear
Alexis Kent ...
Sheila Gallagher
News Reporter


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: It's not the smoke that kills - it's the smoker.
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Your Typical "Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned" Thriller.
7 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

Up Against Amanda is your typical "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" movie. Amanda (Justine Priestley) was an abused child by her sexually deviant step-father. Eventually, she ended up institutionalized, where she ended up being abused by a sexually deviant doctor. The doctor, named Dr. Arnold (John Alan Richards), arranged to have Amanda released in exchange for a few "favors", which would continue forever. Amanda is forced to get the evil doctor out of the way in order to have an ordinary life. She falls for her neighbor, Richard (David DeWitt), who is having problems due to his wife touring on the road with no end in site.

Amanda continues to work on seducing Richard, knowing he is having problems and preys on his weaknesses. After getting him drunk, she turns it up a notch in the hot tub and finally gets Richard to give in, which was not a good move on his part. He finds that this was not a normal one-night-stand, as Amanda was willing to exploit it and him to get what she wanted, which was to take him away from his wife, Laurie (Karen Grosso).

Justine Priestley reminds me of Jaime Pressley in a way. She was beautiful, stunning at times, but her acting was a little off when she had to do the crazy bit. She had a hint of humor during her first few murders but lacked something overall. She was not all that bad, just not great. I would not hesitate to watch something she stars in again.

David DeWitt played Richard Pierce all right, but he seemed like a bit of a wimp. I did not buy the fact that he was this semi-macho guy and he runs like a girl from Amanda, especially without really knowing what she was truly capable of.

This movie was pretty much in the middle of the road. Definitely something for a rainy day or when you are bored out of your mind. Don't expect anything new and hopefully, you will not figure out where the movie is going to end up after the first 5 minutes or so. 5/10

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