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Body Orchid is a tease-too-long, with overblown editing with an already slipping Mickey Rourke and unexperienced actress Carrie Otis.
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If Wild Orchid were a little bit sillier, it might classify as a minor classic of howling camp. As it is, the movie is pseudo-swanky, chic and sappy.
If Wild Orchid aims to grab audiences with a hot-house atmosphere of erotica, it mainly teases.
Even within its own terms the film is a disaster: all the acting is pathetic, the pacing poor, and the pay-off copulation scene merely mechanical.
Demonstrates just how tedious and coy a soft-core porn film can be.
It inspires a guilty combination of howling amusement and rubbernecky fascination.
Wild Orchid is soft-core MTV, and it goes straight to comedy heaven.
You know you're in trouble when even Jacqueline Bisset can't save a film.
Ghastly piece of soft-core porn from Zalman King, the trashmaster behind the Red Shoe Diaries series.
Not unsurprisingly dug from the very same creative depths responsible for 9 1/2 Weeks.
Less a classic and more a curiosity, Wild Orchid is a cult piece of Eighties erotica that was panned at the time but now is weirdly fascinating.
Writer-director Zalman King's Wild Orchid could be considered the Fifty Shades of Grey of its day: a would-be erotic romp that ultimately carries as much of a sexual charge as a Chicken McNugget.
Goofy, grubby softcore precursor to "Red Shoe Diaries"
So I finally rented Wild Orchid and this is one steamy flick that probably won't please everybody. I think the sensuality is very erotic. Rio de Janeiro is a truly beautiful setting for sin, and the movie depicts its partying attitude in spades. This movie doesn't lie about its intentions. If you wanted a sexually charged erotic drama/thriller, it doesn't disappoint. Yes, it's pretty slow, but the erotic build-up is very good and the music is sexy and moody. Wild Orchid is Unrated for extremely strong graphic sexuality and nudity. While the film is tame by today's standards, one has to remember that when released in 1990, it was very explicit.
OK...maybe it's not the best dialog...maybe it's not the best screenplay...maybe it's not several things! But the female in me can't help but notice that brooding Mickey Rourke was one good looking man and looks extremely sexy on that Harley motorcycle. Smoking Hot!
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This movie, underrated and panned by most is to me one of the most enduring erotic films of all time. judged as a fantasy, it doesn't have to go by the rules that govern normal film criticism. flawed by those standards, it will still be shown for a long time.
Carre Otis doesn't have to be a stereotypical, international lawyer. it doesn't have to have continuity or a rich script they are the characters they portray at the fantasy level, with scenes of sexual tension, unexpected happenings and the intense, colorful noisy, bizarre and sexy backdrop of Rio
Also much of the story is in subtext and symbolism.
The silent boy character, for example, who clearly represents Wheeler( Mickey Rourke) as a child. When Wheeler decides to stop playing games, he sends the boy as his messenger to deliver the message. He has had to face a few things and get in touch with his past in order to move beyond his emotional issues.
Yes, there are some examples of bad acting and cheesy lines here and there as is the case with most movies. Yes the plot is improbable. But don't dismiss this film as just another excuse for soft-pornography. The story here is in the characters. And it is backed up well by exotic atmosphere and beautiful photography. Not to mention a great soundtrack. Recommended
Dull spellbinding journey of sexual self-discovery.
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