Fear

Fear

Absolutely hysterical 90’s junk food. Ostensibly about puppy love and female desire from Witherspoon’s perspective but it quickly reveals itself to be about the way men attempt to own and control the women in their lives. Too many utterly beyond the pale particulars to mention: Wahlberg donkey punching a dude for no reason at all, Alyssa Milano casually soliciting sex from Witherspoon’s preteen brother, William Petersen going on the most strenuous run in movie history during the opening credits, etc. It never ends. What elevates this above similarly Lifetime-inflected genre fare is that it truly overcompensates in the violence department and even features the odd moment of genuine beauty. And that would be a strangely poignant sequence in which Wahlberg fingers Reese on a rollercoaster to the Sundays’ dreamy cover of “Wild Horses”. A classic!

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