A journalist becomes the unwanted center of attention for a 14-year-old girl, who proceeds to sabotage his life after he refuses her sexual advances.

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Alan Shapiro

Writer:

Alan Shapiro
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cary Elwes ... Nick Eliot
Alicia Silverstone ... Darian Forrester
Jennifer Rubin ... Amy Maddik
Kurtwood Smith ... Cliff Forrester
Amber Benson ... Cheyenne
Gwynyth Walsh ... Liv Forrester
Matthew Walker ... Michael
Deborah Hancock Deborah Hancock ... Samantha
Beverley Elliott ... Tex Murphy
Andrew Airlie ... Dr. Pollard
Sheila Paterson Sheila Paterson ... Mrs. Tinkerman
Brent Chapman ... Steven Tinkerman
James Kidnie ... Attorney
Betty Phillips ... Abigail Spaulding
Duncan Fraser ... Detective
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Nick Eliot, a 28-year-old newspaper reporter, moves into the guest house of the Forresters. Everything goes fine until he meets 14-year-old Adrienne, the Forresters' only child. When she develops a crush and is rebuffed, she retaliates with vengeance. Written by Ryan Burgos

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He thought it was just a crush. He was dead wrong. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Trivia

Reese Witherspoon was interviewed for the part of Darian Forrester, but was passed on the role. See more »

Goofs

When Darien is playing the piano at the party, her hand movements are not consistent with the piece that is being played. See more »

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[about Adrian]
Nick Eliot: Oh, I think we met. Outside on the front lawn. She seemed very...
Liv Forrester: Uh, "headstrong" is what I call it.
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Crazy Credits

After the fade out, Darian's face is visible until a few seconds after the credits start. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the television-edited version of "The Crush", Alicia Silverstone's character's name was "Adrian" instead of "Darian". Through the entire movie, any mention of her name was dubbed to be "Adrian" at the request of the real Darian's family, on whose story the original screenplay was based. See more »

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Entertaining in a bad way.
4 September 2005 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

"The Crush" is about a fourteen-year-old girl (Alicia Silverstone) who falls in love with a journalist neighbor, played by Cary Elwes (of "Saw" infamy).

Elwes rejects her come-ons and after she tries to kiss him gives her a slight warning. However her advances are so strong that after a while he is left dazed, as she accuses him of sexual abuse and has the police arrest him.

Destined to clear his name for good, he embarks on a mission to expose her "crush" - and prove to everyone once and for all that she's a psychopath.

A lot of movies like this were made back in the '80s and '90s starting with "Fatal Attraction," although this is one of the more entertaining ones. As far as the acting goes, Silverstone is very sexy (she was older than 14 during filming so I can say this without coming across as a perv) - she's good at playing a devious flirt.

Elwes experiments with his off-again-on-again American accent and the good news is that it's more convincing here than in "Saw" (2004). Except for a few scenes, he pretty much sounds convincing. His acting is up to par as well.

It's not a great movie but it's entertaining, which is exactly what it should be.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,024,976, 4 April 1993

Gross USA:

$13,609,396

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,609,396
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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