Skin Deep (2003)
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It has solid characterizations, good acting, well written dialog, and a cohesive storyline that builds and brings quite a few surprises.
The only reason I gave it 9 stars rather than 10 is because -- how one of the characters met her demise is never really answered, nor why Anthony and Victoria have the sex problem that they have, but other than that, the film is very good.
We do get a hint as to what might be the problem when Anthony's boyhood pal, Michael and his wife, Sarah show up for an afternoon visit.
The visit consists of some racial bickering between Anthony's white wife, Victoria and Anthony's boyhood pal, Michael. Some revealing traits of the various characters are shown amidst a lot of drinking, and some extremely spicy romping in the hot tub.
A neighbor calls complaining about too much noise, and the police show up at the door. Michael is the one to answer the door, and he becomes rather abrasive towards the cop.
Shortly after this encounter, someone is discovered drown in the hot tub, and the situation escalates.
Small budget independent film that is a nifty little thriller. On some level I was less then thrilled with the film after I saw it but I have to say that not long after I returned the film to the person I got it from I regretted not holding on to it for another viewing. No its not a great film, and perhaps its a bit clichéd, but at the same time there is something about the film that hangs with you. Its one of those movies you watch and then it hits you it was better than you thought. Worth a look if you run across it.
I would have liked to have seen that R rating used better so we could have seen more of those good looking women -- if you know what I mean. This movie also struck me as a lot different than the movies you typically see on TV.