The poster is misleading I feel, as it makes you think it's a full on chick flick, when it really isn't - in fact it's far more of a thriller, with hues of romance and a constant undertone of being an 80s homage (though the poster does make sense, as it's just another of the stalker's fantasy scenarios about Zoe).
It looks like an 80s or 90s film, and doesn't look like it was shot post-2000 at all - which is an intentional addition to the homage angle I assume. The soundtrack here is great, as Taylor mines some of the best tracks from the decade (in pop anyway) and assigns them appropriately to some really great scenes.
Once I worked out what the film was really about (her stuck under house arrest) and got an idea of where it was heading (ultimately her confronting her stalker and gaining freedom) I started to really enjoy it.
The feel is all round fun, the side characters really well realised, and Tunney is really pretty in this (when her hair's straight) and just all round excellent.
The stalker angle was brilliant and really well done. The way they kept his face always just hidden enough made him scary, all of his dancing alone and getting upset about having lost her was superb, and their final confrontation was great. It's cool that he's the radio DJ too, given the music-focus of the film. I bloody love all of his scenes, but escpecially the revelation one where Tunney realises it's him while he's looking up outside (the first time we see his face properly), set to Tainted Love.
The scene where she has to run back to make it in time and shoves foot through the window and cuts herself is great too.
The sub plot love angle with Blake Nelson was touching. Him taking yoga lessons to try to get closer to her was sweet. The way they tie it off with Nelson being guilty of obsessing/fantasising over her in the same way as the stalker is clever, as it makes him start to lean towards being as culpable and guilty as the stalker.
Just a really great Tunney film that I highly recommend. Like its title, the film itself should be cherished more and actually made available to buy (but I managed hunted down and buy a copy).
The story is fairly simple: a mousy but pretty young woman (a very likable Robin Tunney) with a passion for excellent 80s music (seriously, this movie's soundtrack is to 80s music as Saturday Night Fever's soundtrack is to 70s music) is framed for vehicular homicide by her stalker and placed under house arrest. The movie pretty much goes from there. The movie is at its best with the light comedy of her attempts to deal with her newfound confinement, and her relationship with the deputy in charge of her electronic bracelet (a goofy and earnest Tim Blake Nelson). It eventually moves on to other things, and those are fine enough, but this is one movie where the best part is definitely the middle.
The movie was released in 2002, but for whatever reason feels very, I dunno, 1996 to me. The cinematography and direction are mostly very typical of your average 90s movie, though the director Finn Taylor does pull off some shots that are eye-catching in a music-video kind of way. Ultimately, this movie doesn't blow your socks off, but it's a pleasant diversion.
I watched this movie when I was undergoing a very difficult phase of my life, but I never got to finish it. The movie comforted me at that time, because I could sort of relate to the main character.
Now, after finishing the movie, I still like it. The story is different than I expected it to be. I didn't like the end a lot though.
Robin Tunney did a good performance and Tim Blake too.