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Last Seduction, The
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by Elaine Perrone

"Men: If you meet Bridget, check your parts"
4 stars

In John Dahl's (Red Rock West, Joy Ride) twisty noir thriller, The Last Seduction, Bridget Gregory (Linda Fiorentino) is a ball-buster of the first order.

After giving her a slap, her physician-turned-prescription-drug-pusher husband Clay (Bill Pullman) learns a swift, hard lesson: No one, but no one, fucks with Bridget. Leaving Clay, and his luckless thumbs, at the mercy of the loan sharks he owes big time, Bridget bails with his $700,000 in drug money, landing in the small town of Beston, in upstate NY, where she hooks up with Mike Swale (Peter Berg), a small-town boy with a big secret.

Never the sharpest knife in the drawer, Mike becomes putty in Bridget's hands, the perfect pawn in her nefarious chess game.

To divulge more would spoil a lot of the fun of this delicously dark and comic cinematic pretzel. And though, like a pretzel, the plot is full of holes, they are hardly the point of the enjoyment of the experience. The joys of The Last Seduction are in the snappy performances -- particularly that of Linda Fiorentino as the greatest man-shark since Babs Stanwyck -- and the wickedly witty script penned by Steve Barancik. Sample dialog: Giving advice, lawyer Frank Griffith (the late, great J.T. Walsh) snidely asks, "Are my lips moving too fast for you?" Bridget's quick retort: "Not fast enough, as I recall." The sublime, and sorely missed, Walsh, in fact, may have the single best line in the movie, asking Bridget, "Anyone checked you for a heartbeat lately?."

Sadly, Fiorentino missed out on an Oscar nomination for her performance here, on the technicality that The Last Seduction aired on HBO for a few weeks before being released to theatres. Too bad, especially considering the noms went to otherwise talented women in throwaway roles: Jodie Foster for Nell, Susan Sarandon for The Client, Jessica Lange (winner) for Blue Sky, Miranda Richardson for Tom & Viv, and Winona Ryder for Little Women. It also bears out what a fabulous actor Fiorentino really is. Bridget would have had their testicles for the oversight.

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User Comments

11/09/18 Nick Linda Fiorentino is the ultimate Femme Fatale. 5 stars
3/24/18 Langano Dahl's best film. 5 stars
3/26/16 nlm4569 My favourite film with a female lead 5 stars
10/28/09 Billy SLUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
3/22/09 Dane Youssef Brilliant on every possible level. Hitchcockian cast, script, direction and likewise. 5 stars
10/09/08 tj cuffe I love the nasty bitch and would love to meet one like her. 5 stars
11/02/07 Simmone Twisted! Outstanding, Sharp & Nasty... 5 stars
3/27/07 fools♫gold for utter lack of a better term: clever 5 stars
10/29/06 AJ Muller Great noir thriller; the fact that Linda Fiorentino scares the piss outta me is irrelevant. 4 stars
9/10/06 Sepi53 Linda Farentino makes performance of her live!! 4 stars
6/17/05 Indrid Cold I must be off base, but it seems like a standard direct to video potboiler. 3 stars
6/12/05 Agent Sands Fiorentino is nothing like Bridget Gregory in real life. Thumbs up. 5 stars
6/07/05 Jeanne Linda: Shock and Awe! Hey, Bridget - wanna be my life coach? 5 stars
7/18/04 R.W. Welch Over the top neo-noir pic is not very credible but has neat plotting. 4 stars
7/17/04 Jack Sommersby Implausible but greatly entertaining, with a knockout perf by Fiorentino. 4 stars
7/17/04 Richard good performances 4 stars
7/17/04 Jack Bourbon My dermatologist looked just like Linda. She didn't cut off my balls, though. 4 stars
7/17/04 y2mckay Linda plays a dirty, spiteful, hateful, grudgefucking cunt - but she does it so well . . . 4 stars
4/19/04 Christina H. A little slow moving, but she is SUCH a good bitch it is worth it 4 stars
1/31/04 LIAM JACKSON the sluttiness ruins it. i switched off at the point where she takes it up the ass. 2 stars
12/25/03 David Buswell Truly a great modern film noir. 5 stars
8/21/03 Jim Don't fuck with Wendy Kroy 4 stars
6/05/03 Christian Very clever film, brilliant modern day film noir 5 stars
5/27/03 Scott Howard Briliant 5 stars
4/10/03 Shams Huque Awesome! Fiorentino is damn good! 5 stars
3/25/03 Jack Sommersby Nasty fun. 4 stars
10/19/02 Andy Great film...surprising 5 stars
8/11/02 Grayyy Sharp neo-noir, with a powerful performance from Fiorentino 4 stars
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  26-Oct-1994 (R)



Directed by
  John Dahl

Written by
  Steve Barancik

  Linda Fiorentino
  Peter Berg
  Bill Pullman
  Bill Nunn
  Donna Wilson
  J.T. Walsh

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