Rolling Stone - 04/02/1998
"...[An] erotic thriller..."
Entertainment Weekly - 09/18/1998
"...A grade-A B-movie....[McNaughton's strength is his] eye for the gaudy gesture..." -- Rating: B+
New York Times - 03/20/1998
"...A slick, steamy tale of non-stop treachery..."
Los Angeles Times - 03/20/1998
"...As soon as you think Stephen Peters' script has used up every conceivable opportunity, it twists again....There are as many surprises as characters..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 03/20/1998
"...It has a little of everything....[McNaughton] likes to show audiences how wrong their expectations are..."
A seemingly virtuous high school guidance counselor, Sam Lombardo (Matt Dillon), is accused of raping students Kelly (Denise Richards) and Suzie (Neve Campbell). Ken Bowden (Bill Murray), an oddball attorney, and Detective Ray Duquette (Kevin Bacon) come to Lombardo's aid, unraveling a much larger blackmail scheme involving some of the town's least suspicious residents.
WILD THINGS, a veering, breakneck ride, proved surprisingly successful at the box office. It features director John McNaughton's (HENRY PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER, NORMAL LIFE) best talents: sinuous, layered storytelling, racy cinematography, and shocking plot twists. Richards and Campbell sizzle on the screen as they tease, seduce, and entrap. Lying somewhere between black comedy and psycho thriller, WILD THINGS is an unclassifiable, unforgettable original.
Description by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment:
The scheme is far from tame. But whose scheme is it' Assume nothing as you venture beyond Blue Bay's elite beach communities and into the murky waters of the Everglades for a mystery of deceit, sex and greed as unpredictable as a hungry gator. And please, keep your hands inside the boat at all times. Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, Denise Richards and Bill Murray star in a swamp-steamy thriller about two high school students, the guidance counselor they accuse of rape and the detectivewho knows there's more to the story.
A high school guidance counselor is accused of raping a well-to-do student as well as a not-so-wealthy student. Defending himself with the aid of an eccentric attorney turns into more than he bargained for in this tale of double and triple crosses that includes a rather well known ménage à trois.