Deceit (The American Standard, Apati) Reviews
March 4, 2010
I really wish that they would have given some more time to the relationship between the two girls. Of course the poor guy was being set up, you had to have known that from the beginning, but to find out the truth at the very end with no follow up - very upsetting.
September 28, 2008
Pretty good story, decent acting. It held my interest throughout and had enough twists to keep the viewer involved. Entertaining.
March 20, 2008
[color=black]Skip DECEIT if you can. Like many other before it (BASIC INSTINCT immediately comes to mind, which got more attention), this film portrays a poor little dude who gets hoodwinked by an evil gold-diggin' lesbian. The ending was totally bunk and downright insulting. I did actually sit through all of it, unfortunately (I tried to ditch but my wife wanted me to stick around), and early on the flick showed some promise. Basically a love triangle story, and the main characters were worth paying some attention to, especially Emmanuelle Chriqui (pronounced "Shreeky"; not in much besides some episodes of HBO's "Entourage"), who had me asking "who's that?" She's Canadian with Jewish and Arab heritage. The script was problematic, including back-and-forth with the lead actor telling the story in flashbacks that got annoying. Still, the story was already getting predictable, and sure enough, the "poor defenseless girl" turns out to be devilish and manipulative. Like faking wife battering, for god's sake! Films like these make battering and abuse trivial and even leads people to question those who say it's happened to them. And further, they had to have the detective in on it with her, not Joe Pantolonio's character (who also co-produced). One key rule to any who-done-it flick: you have to surprise/shock the audience without going too far in left field that people say "whatever!" Despite a promising cast, skip this one.[/color]