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Wild Things

HD   R Closed Captioning

John McNaughton

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About the Movie

This thriller takes place in Blue Bay, Florida, where social-climbing guidance counselor Sam Lombardo (Matt Dillon) is indifferent to teen-socialite Kelly Van Ryan (Denise Richards), who retaliates by accusing him of rape, an accusation that leads to his suspension by the school and a rejection from the country club. He can't afford a big attorney, so he hires shrewd Ken Bowden (Bill Murray), while Kelly's mom, Sandra Van Ryan (Theresa Russell), Sam's former lover, gets a platoon of top lawyers. Trailer-trash Suzie Toller (Neve Campbell) backs up Kelly's claim and additional plot twists and turns develop. The seldom-seen Carrie Snodgrass (Diary of a Mad Housewife) has a supporting role in this film.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 58
  • Fresh: 37
  • Rotten: 21
  • Average Rating: 5.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Lucky John McNaughton. Best known for the harder-edged Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer and Mad Dog and Glory," he hits the 90210 jackpot with a slick, steamy tale of nonstop treachery... – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: [It's got] Neve Campbell and Denise Richards making out, all the plot twists and double-crossing of a James Ellroy novel, Neve Campbell and Denise Richards having a catfight in a swimming pool and Bill Murray as a sleazy neck-brace-wearing lawyer. – Tom Nawrocki, Rolling Stone, Feb 11, 2008

Fresh: Sly, torrid and original, pic is certain to shake up an otherwise complacent marketplace. – Leonard Klady, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: Wild Things gets into trouble when it aspires to be more than a sex exploitation movie. – Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle, Apr 13, 2003

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Customer Reviews

Wild Thang

This movie is absolutely fantastic. In my opinion, it is one of the great, underrated movies of the 90s. It's plot twists make it interesting, and gives it substance. Not to mention the cast is H.O.T.!!


Neve Campbell and Denise Richards get it on need I say more?


This movie is thrilling and sexy with a solid cast. I recommend it to someone who likes crime thrillers and astonishing twists.