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Bad Influence (1990)

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Critic Reviews: 3
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Successful LA marketing analyst Michael Boll (James Spader) seemingly has it all -- except a sense of self-confidence. Enigmatic drifter Alex (Rob Lowe) enters Michael's life and immediately begins to exert a negative influence. As Michael's self-esteem zooms (aided by generous dollops of sex and drugs) he allows himself to be dragooned into a life of crime by the demonic Alex. The "doppelganger" aspects of Bad Influence, and the film's many unexpected twists and turns, echo films of Alfred

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Dec 3, 2002

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (4) | DVD (6)

An overlooked classic satire/thriller

September 10, 2007
ColeSmithey.com

The production values give a sense that the movie was quickly and haphazardly put together.

August 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Features Rob Lowe at his most creepy

November 15, 2002
Lawrence Journal-World

Lowe and Spader deliver some great work in this fairly familiar, yet still enjoyable, thriller.

July 26, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Audience Reviews for Bad Influence

a down hill point in Rob Lowe,
October 1, 2012
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Bruce Bruce

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Awesome movie.

There's a nice buildup of Lowe's character Alex. It makes Alex seem like a great guy after he stands up for Michael, and they have a nice friendship together, until the relationship slowly spirals into an out of control life or death situation. The pacing of this movie is perfect; not too fast and not too slow. There aren't any boring parts either, which I'm very thankful for. Nothing worse than watching a boring movie.

Both characters are likable (at least until Lowe's true character is established), and they both have qualities that make them seem like real individuals. The development of Spader's character was great. I like seeing a character evolve into a completely different one by the end of a movie. It was a slow transition from shy/passive office worker to aggressive/violent gunman, but it worked. It was awesome.

It was a very cool movie to watch.
April 27, 2011
Japes
Japes .

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Two of the hottest actors of the 80s finally star in a movie together! I was so excited to see this on TV that day, it was so awesome. Not only did it have good actors, but the story is good, and it's very exciting. I really liked this movie.
April 14, 2011
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

An interesting film which I was sure was gonna end similar to Fight Club, it didn't and so was an enjoyable watch.
July 1, 2007
76Majikat

Super Reviewer

    1. Michael Boll: Son of a bitch.
    2. Club Bartender: Hey watch your fucking mouth, man!
    – Submitted by Japes . (2 years ago)
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