Very Bad Things (1998)

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Critic Consensus: Mean-spirited and empty.

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The only thing that Kyle Fisher wants is to marry the woman he loves, Laura Garrety. All Laura wants is the wedding of her dreams. But before Kyle staggers down the aisle with his beautiful, controlling bride, his buddies decide to give their friend one last night of freedom, male bonding and debauchery. Real estate hustler Boyd (Christian Slater); the battling Berkow brothers, Adam and Michael; and introvert mechanic Moore throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for Kyle that is a smashing success, with plenty of booze and drugs - and even a visit from a lithe young stripper. But accidents will happen...
Rating:
R (for strong, grisly violence, sexuality, drug use and language)
Genre:
Comedy
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Studio:
PolyGram

Cast

Cameron Diaz
as Laura Garrety
Jon Favreau
as Kyle Fisher
Leland Orser
as Charles Moore
Christian Slater
as Robert Boyd
Jeremy Piven
as Michael Berkow
Daniel Stern
as Adam Berkow
Jeanne Tripplehorn
as Lois Berkow
Joey Zimmerman
as Adam Berkow Jr.
Kobe Tai
as Tina
Lawrence Pressman
as Mr. Fisher
Tyler Cole Malinger
as Timmy Berkow
Russell B. McKenzie
as Security Guard
Steve Fitchpatrick
as Cop at Hospital
Brian Grandison
as Doctor No. 1
John Cappon
as Doctor No. 2
Linda Klein
as Doctor No. 3
Byrne Piven
as Rabbi
Bob Bancroft
as Barry Morris
Trey Davis
as Receptionist
Marilyn McIntyre
as Judge Tower
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Critic Reviews for Very Bad Things

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (12)

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Variety
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Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | July 20, 2005
Houston Chronicle
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Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Berg is so in love with his escalating shock tactics that they quickly cease to shock.

May 11, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Audience Reviews for Very Bad Things

Unjustifiably mean spirited and at times headache inducing, Peter Berg's Very Bad Things (1998) is a muddled and ill-conceived attempt at creating a cult black comedy without any funny ideas. We open with Kyle Fisher (John Favreau) a 30 something year old man waiting to be married to his fiancée Laura (Cameron Diaz). He sits alongside Charles Moore (the near silent Leland Orser) and together the pair reminisce the insane recent events that lead them to where they are now. We are then pulled back a few days and Kyle is set to leave on his bachelor party with friends Robert Boyd (Slater), brothers Adam and Michael Berkow (Daniel Stern and Jeremy Piven) and Leeland. From here on out things get undeniable messy; a swooping shot of a Casino table begins a montage of shouting, drinking, drug taking and bromantic babble, all shot with a constantly moving camera and distorted visual overlays jumping from one moment to the next. It's a merciless affair that thankfully ends relatively quickly with the arrival and consequent murder of a prostitute, setting of a dark chain of cover-up murders and madness. It's obvious from both the film's posters and on-screen who are the real stars are here. Slater's performance as the psychotically persuasive Boyd feels as if it could be the later iteration of his character from 1989's cult classic 'Heathers', and Cameron Diaz conveys her character's longing for marriage and subsequent madness in a convincingly annoying fashion. Other character's and performances here are less refined, as Berg to often relies on racial identity and for comedy; his constant stereotyping of Jews in particular grows tiresome quickly. VBT also falls apart when it comes to comedy senarios, with Berg constantly trying to present unfunny situations in a funny manner. Take, for example, the scene in which Boyd goes to set up a murder/suicide, it's undoubtedly the most dramatic point in the plot but for some reason Berg decides to turn it into a penis biting joke. Moments like this occur far to often and what feels like could have been an interesting deconstruction of the American Dream is lost among the chaos. Alongside it's bigger problems VBT suffers also from an overused and over-loud soundtrack, the always annoying shaky cam and a tone that darts between the serious and silly in an obnoxious fashion. If you asked Berg what exactly he was attempting in this film I'm sure he'd say it was a comment on voyeurism and the way people have become desensitized to violence so much that they can laugh at it, and I'm sure that may be the case, but only if it's funny.

Cameron Sherwell
Cameron Sherwell

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"Very Bad Things is a crazy movie. I thought it was going to be a little like the movie Hangover, but I was really wrong. This film is a twisted in a good way. It goes to places I didn't see the movie going. There is chaos throughout. It's not a film meant to be taken seriously. It gross, funny, and disturbing. I enjoyed it. The cast was good and the ending was pretty funny. I'm not sure if I would see again though."

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I loved this dark comedy. It's full of very bad stuff, but it's all so horribly funny at the same time. Plus, the cast is great. If you have a sick sense of humour, see this movie.

Aj V
Aj V

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