The Crush (1993)

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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 However, the premise of the man being trapped by the aggressive, vengeful female is somewhat outdated and cliched.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.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Warner Home Video

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
Matthew Walker
as Michael
Deborah Hancock
as Samantha
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

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (4)

Leaves much to be desired.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Grindingly predictable and mechanically played.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The story not only relies on the complete and unalterable stupidity of every character in the movie, but on the gullibility of those who watch it.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
ReelViews
Top Critic

There's something scuzzy about the whole exercise.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

[Blu-ray Review] When word came that Scream Factory was putting this title out on Blu-ray, there was much rejoicing. This is a great release, one with a number of quality new special features. "The Crush" comes highly recommended on Blu-ray.

Full Review… | June 20, 2016
TheBluFile.com

An infectious little psychodrama, one with high replay value.

Full Review… | June 20, 2016
TheBluFile.com

Audience Reviews for The Crush

An ok movie. here are movies that are 10 times better than this one.

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

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 Owens
Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

½

In her film debut,the attractive Alicia Silverstone plays Darian Forrester,a mentally disturbed 14 year old girl who develops an unhealthy obsession with her neighbour,Nick Eliot (Cary Elwes)a baby faced blonde hair,blue eyed journalist who has no sexual interest in her.Silverstone shines in her role as the villain,making life hell for Nick,who wants nothing more than a friendship with the girl next door.Darian's desperate attempts to seduce the older man are unsuccessful,driving her deeper into her obsession and making her more psychotic.Silverstone's acting is superb,but her facial expressions are what is so convincing about her performance.Alicia superbly transforms herself from sweet and innocent into scary and psychotic giving new meaning to the phrase,'When she was good she was very very good,and when she was bad she was horrid'. The film has you on the edge of your seat as the plot unravels,and truths are discovered about sweet little Darian Forrester who is crazier than anyone thought.Her anger at Nick for leading her on goes to the extreme until she comes up with a plan she hopes will destroy his reputation.Nick is oblivious to Darian's feelings for him and believes its nothing more than a silly school girl crush that will pass until he discovers just how dangerous Darian really is.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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