Single White Female Reviews
Despite the well know storyline of this film, it entertained from start to finish and brought excitement right up to the grand finale.
The ending kind of sucks, but the climax is awesome. Watching these two duke it out in the halls of some dilapidated apartment building is a savage pleasure, and Bridget Fonda has all the right kind of fight in her. Her coup de grace is one for the ages. That's not to discount Jennifer Jason Leigh, though. I love her more and more with everything I see her in, and this unique role is almost certainly what put her on the map.
The fact that Single White Female bills itself as a psychological thriller is woefully pretentious posturing, because all the psychology you're gonna find in here is "Jennifer Jason Leigh is fucking nuts." Not that I mind, though. There's a time and a place for psychology in movies, and Single White Female is completely removed from it. Not to say that these characters are walking, talking ciphers for their roles in the story; the movie actually does a pretty admirable job bringing the names in the screenplay to life. Again, this may be due largely to the performances, but I'd like to think that Allie's exceptional resourcefulness under fire and Hedy's tortured loyalty are at least two examples of interesting traits. Plus, what female stalkers were there in the film world until JJL blazed the trail? None that I can think of.
Single White Female was never going to pick up any Oscars, but it isn't like it needed them. This is moody, woman-centric, suspenseful filmmaking done (mostly) right. Worth the watch, if you're in the proper mindset.
However, Single White Female is a engaging psychological thriller with loads of suspense. I found it heart-pounding and downright exciting.