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Los Angeles marketing analyst Michael Boll (James Spader) struggles with insecurity despite his successes -- until he meets a mysterious man, Alex (Rob Lowe), who promises to help him gain confidence. However, Alex's guidance becomes toxic when he introduces Michael to sex, drugs and crime. When Michael's life begins collapsing, he comes to realize that his mentor is a sociopath. Is it too late, or can Michael escape Alex's sinister web of machinations?

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Critic Reviews for Bad Influence

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  • Oct 01, 2012
    a down hill point in Rob Lowe,
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 06, 2011
    Appropriately tense and atmospheric, Bad Influence works well largely because of James Spader and Rob Lowe, who have a great on screen dynamic that makes the film work not only as a thriller, but also as a character study. The twists are also generally well executed, save a predictable and safe ending. Note: This film is interesting for two reasons. For one, David Duchovny has about a two second appearance as a bar patron. It also teams up James Spader and Christian Clemenson as brothers, who will later work together closely again in Boston Legal.
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 27, 2011
    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.
    Japes . Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    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.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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