Picks and Pans Review: The Last Seduction

updated 11/21/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/21/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

Linda Fiorentino, Peter Berg, Bill Pullman

A woman proposes to her earnest young lover that he kill a man for money. He's appalled. No way, he tells her, can he commit murder.

"You would if you loved me," she snaps.

Welcome to the wonderfully perverse world of The. Last Seduction, one of the funniest, most entertaining movies of the year. And one of the meanest, too. Seduction, briskly directed by John Dahl (Red Rock West) and featuring a clever script by Steve Barancik that's as full of twists as it is twisted, revels in the nastiness of its sexy, criminally minded leading lady (Fiorentino). She's convinced, rightly as it turns out, that all men are saps put on earth to serve her. Love is not in her vocabulary; sex will do for now, but money is what she really wants, and she does not want to share it.

This is one bad girl. Early on, she scampers off with the $700,000 her medical-student husband (Pullman) has just brought home from a drug deal she pushed him into undertaking. Then, holed up in a small town while hiding from hubby, she takes up with a trusting local (Berg) and brings him in on her murder scheme.

It's all great fun, and it moves at a fast clip. Fiorentino, with her husky voice, long legs sheathed in black stockings and evil cool, is mesmerizing. As her dupes, Pullman and Berg also shine. Last Seduction, a B picture made for a mere $2.6 million, puts most Hollywood A pictures to shame. (R)

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