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At Theaters: 11/25/1998 On Video: 5/18/1999
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 41 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 119817
Studio: Polygram Films
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The only thing that Kyle Fisher wants is to marry the woman he loves, Laura Garrety. All Laura wants is the wedding of her dreams. But before Kyle staggers down the aisle with his beautiful, controlling bride, his buddies decide to give their friend one last night of freedom, male bonding and debauchery.

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Comedy (Dark) - Very Bad Things is an extremely dark comedy involving murder and graphic violence. Many viewers are likely to consider the subject matter very unpleasant and in bad taste, with a great deal of potentially objectionable content. Younger, most likely male viewers may enjoy the dark comedy, and fans of Cameron Diaz may enjoy seeing her in a decidedly nastier role than her previous performances. The audience for the film is probably limited to those with strong stomachs and warped senses of humor.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Christian Slater (Broken Arrow)
Cameron Diaz (A Life Less ordinary)
Daniel Stern (Bushwacked)
Jeanne Tripplehorn (Sliding Doors)
Wri/Dir: Peter Berg (Copland)
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About The Production
A Festival of Scene Stealing
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Strong and extremely frequent
SEX/NUDITY: Sexual content and nudity
VIOLENCE: Frequent violence and gore
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and drug use
ACTION: Violent assaults and fight scenes
COMEDY: Extremely dark comedy based on death and violence
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The film's title offers too easy and convenient a dismissive critical crack, but Very Bad Things isn't a "very bad movie." It's a very good idea given entirely the wrong treatment. A brutally dark comedy launching from an accident at a wild bachelor party, writer/director Peter Berg's first feature could have been a savage satire of stereotypical male and female responses to impending marriage. Unfortunately, only Cameron Diaz as the edgy bride-to-be seems to understand that. Too often the rest of the cast gets either too unpleasant or too introspective, short-changing the caustic comedy. As a horrifying subversion of suburban domestic bliss, Very Bad Things is truly hit-and-miss, and a great opportunity wasted.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 59 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
4
About 50/50
50%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
15
Fairly Low
60%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
15
Low
33%
30+Adults (M)
14
Fairly High
64%
30+Adults (F)
11
Low
27%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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The only thing that Kyle Fisher (Jon Favreau) wants is to marry the woman he loves, Laura Garrety (Cameron Diaz). All Laura wants is the wedding of her dreams. But before Kyle staggers down the aisle with his beautiful, controlling bride, his buddies decide to give their friend one last night of freedom, male bonding and debauchery.

Real estate hustler Boyd (Christian Slater); the battling Berkow brothers, Adam (Daniel Stern) and Michael (Jeremy Piven); and introvert mechanic Moore (Leland Orser) throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for Kyle that is a smashing success, with plenty of booze and drugs - and even a visit from a lithe young stripper. But accidents will happen...

They can call the police. Or, as Boyd suggests, they can dispose of the "105-pound problem" in the desert, then return home and dedicate themselves to leading respectable lives. Not even Adam's keen-eyed wife Lois (Jeanne Tripplehorn) will be able to figure out what happened.

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