Very Bad Things (1998)
Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 52
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 29
Mean-spirited and empty.
Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 9
Mean-spirited and empty.
Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 34,931
Peter Berg made his directorial debut with this black comedy about suburbanite Kyle Fisher (Jon Favreau), his future bride Laura (Cameron Diaz) and his four pals -- brothers Adam (Daniel Stern) and Michael (Jeremy Piven), mechanic Charles (Leland Orser), and real estate agent Robert (Christian Slater). Kyle and gang head off to a stag-party fling in Vegas. The fun features hired stripper Tina (Carla Scott), killed accidentally during a bathroom make-out session with Michael. When a hotel
Nov 25, 1998 Wide
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Berg is so in love with his escalating shock tactics that they quickly cease to shock.
...hollow, simple-minded and about as profound an experience as stepping in a pile of road kill.
The gross-out humor lacks edge, the guilt never kicks in, and the outrages are predictable. It's one flat brewski.
Peter Berg's Very Bad Things isn't a bad movie, just a reprehensible one.
Disappointing film, directed by a good actor, Peter Berg, who thinks his tale is clever and witty
Very Bad Things is a horrible hoot. It is one of those movies that put you through the wringer. It doesn't tickle the funny bone -- it pulverizes it. You don't know whether to laugh, gasp, or walk out.
Very Bad Things is a deliciously nasty morality tale that simply warns viewers that what goes around comes around.
...one of the more effective black comedies to come around in quite some time.
A Swiftian satire on white yuppies -- it's American Psycho with five psychos.
A vicious, disturbing black comedy that delivers a wickedly entertaining ride if you don't take it too seriously.
...the film wages a war against one's moral senses in a story that's unforgettable.
The trouble is that Berg doesn't seem sure how to draw matters to a close.
There are some hysterically funny bits, but the excessive violence sometimes kills the laughter.
There is a line between gallows humor and tastelessness, but Very Bad Things apparently doesn't have a clue where that might be.
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