The Crush

1993

The Crush

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The Crush is a psychological thriller wherein a young man is the object of the obsession of a mentally unbalanced young girl. Journalist Nick Elliot (Cary Elwes) rents the guest house of a wealthy couple. The family's 14-year-old daughter Darien (Alicia Silverstone) flirts with him, and when her advances are not reciprocated she becomes increasingly obsessed with him resorting at last to violence and murder. Alicia Silverstone is beautiful and surprisingly good as the obsessed girl. Cary Elwes is also good in conveying his attraction and restraint in his dealings with so young and troubled a girl. However, the premise of the man being trapped by the aggressive, vengeful female is somewhat outdated and cliched. The Crush which should concentrate on the motivations of the girl, instead focuses on her increasingly violent acts, which include the vandalism of Nick's car and the attempted murder of his girlfriend. None of the characters are very real, and the plot is contrived, depending on illogical coincidence and implausible behavior by the principal characters. The Crush, an exploitive, cliched melodrama masquerading as a thriller, fails to either surprise or thrill.

Cast

Cary Elwes
as Nick Eliot
Alicia Silverstone
as Darian Forrester
Jennifer Rubin
as Amy Maddik
Amber Benson
as Cheyenne
Kurtwood Smith
as Cliff Forrester
Gwynyth Walsh
as Liv Forrester
Beverley Elliott
as Tex Murphy
Andrew Airlie
as Dr. Pollard
Sheila Paterson
as Mrs. Tinkerman
Brent Chapman
as Steven Tinkerman
James Kidnie
as Attorney
Betty Phillips
as Abigail Spaulding
Doug Abrahams
as Hospital Room Cop
Duncan Fraser
as Detective
Mark Acheson
as Locksmith
Deryl Hayes
as Reporter
Lesley Ewan
as Photo Editor
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Critic Reviews for The Crush

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Audience Reviews for The Crush

  • Apr 01, 2012
    Alicia Silverstone's strong, sexy, and crazy performance is the reason to see this above-thriller. This is one of those movies that if you see it right now, your going to say: "It's like watching a Lifetime Channel movie" and "Ohh I've seen it all before". But back then in 1993, it wasn't like that, this movie was at least a little original sense now we see these kinds of movies everywhere. Cary Elwes does a fine job playing the guy who almost gets seduced by a young, crazy Silverstone. The Crush is a good thriller, with great performances from its leads, a predictable story, good use of suspense, which makes it a good time, but most people would use the movie to be "formulaic" if they saw it in this year.
    Angel G Super Reviewer
  • Jan 14, 2012
    What a pathetic movie. It was predictable form start to finish. There was nothing that scared you or even give you any chills. It's nit a mystery, i don't even know what genre it belongs to. The final carrasel scene was purely pitiful. Theonlyreason it got 1.5 is the acting and somewhat spooky end. Don't waste your time on it though
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 15, 2011
    An ok movie. here are movies that are 10 times better than this one.
    Cassie H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2009
    Alicia Silverstone was in a TV movie, but "The Crush" was her first major movie, and she did a great job. She plays as a 14 year old girl who has an obsessive crush on her new babysitter, a 28 year old journalist (Cary Elwes). The guy tells her that he's not interested because she's too young, but she just won't give up with her obsessive crush, and ends up getting him in major trouble. "The Crush" isn't one of my favorite movies of all time, but it is a good movie to watch. It has a great acting and it's even a little bit suspenseful at times. I recommend anybody to at least watch "The Crush," if not buy it. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001.
    Jason O Super Reviewer

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