VERY BAD THINGS —–your dauntless reviewer once had the pleasure of meeting one of the 90s most popular porn stars, Kobe Tai. Petite and charming (and hot enough to cook a herd of steaks), I didn’t quiz her on why she made the movies she was famous for, but I could have asked her why she disgraced an otherwise honorable career by appearing in this trash-liner.
Black comedy is one thing, plain mean is another: this only succeeds as the latter. Directed & written by Peter Berg, it has five shallow jerks undoing each other one by one after a stripper dies during a bachelor party. Jon Favreau would later redeem himself, but he’s no charmer here, and he’s out-yucked by Christian Slater, Jeremy Piven, Daniel Stern and Leland Orser. Cameron Diaz and Jeanne Tripplehorn are also sullied. Reeking of smug insiderdom, the 100 minutes of foul-mouthed bad boy venom cost $30,000,000 and then tanked, earning but $21,000,000 to go with mostly scalding reviews. In 1998, it was Berg’s inaugural movie as director: he got better. Hi, Kobe!