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|Beautiful Creatures |
Actors: Rachel Weisz, Susan Lynch, Iain Glen, Jake D'Arcy, Tom Mannion
Director: Bill Eagles
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Two girls thrown together by their boyfriends violence accidentally kill one of them. Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (mca) Release Date: 12/28/2004 Starring: Iain Glen Alex Norton Run time: 89 minutes Rating: R
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Gary J. (gjones) from TROUTDALE, OR
Reviewed on 2/18/2012...
Good thriller! Very gritty movie of two abused women coming together through a randon act of violence and helping each other survive, and maybe even get a little vengeance on the men hurting them. Good cast, great acting. Susan Lynch, a relative newcomer to me, was outstanding and Rachel Weisz, who I love from the Mummy movies, a Constant Gardener and a sharp little part in Stealing Beauty, was really good. Highly recommended.
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Don't underestimate these women!
Tsuyoshi | 10/22/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"There is a myth in Hollywood that strong women characters have to be strong women (i.e. Erin Brockovich). What I liked about the film "Beautiful Creatures" is that the lead female characters, Petula and Dorothy, are not strong women initially. They have allowed themselves to be dominated by physically, mentally and sexually abusive men. Neither seem to be capable of helping themselves out of these relationships. But, ironically, they each have the ability to help the other. And in helping eachother, they find the strength that had been beaten out of them. Even though the film addresses a serious subject, I found it to be very funny without making light of the domestic abuse issue. Susan Lynch is terrific as Dorothy, the fed-up heroine who comes to the aid of a stranger and finds herself facing murder charges. And "Mummy" fans will hardly recognize Rachel Weisz from her most familiar role as "Evie." Weisz is proving herself to be one of the most versatile actors making films today. There is an uninhibited quality about her performances that make every character she takes on totally believable. I definitely recommend this film for anyone who enjoys gritty humor and watching the underdogs win."
An unpredictable dark comedy Pulp Fiction fans will love!
Movie Buff | Chicago, IL | 01/05/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this movie with a little hesitation. I wasn't sure what to expect, but what I had read sounded all too interesting. And from the beginning, I was completely enjoying it. The dark comedy stars Rachel Weisz (The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, Chain Reaction) and Susan Lynch (Waking Ned Devine) as two women trapped in bad relationships. The two meet by accident, when Dorothy (Lynch) stumbles across Petula (Weisz) being beaten by her boyfriend. As the boyfriend begins choking Petula, Dorothy realizes she must help her. Acting on instinct, Dorothy grabs a large pipe and whacks the man in the head. The two take the unconscious man back to Dorothy's apartment. There, the two introduce themselves. When the boyfriend wakes up, he falls from the bathtub (where Petula and Dorothy had placed him for the time being) he bangs his head. Now Petula and Dorothy have a dead body to deal with. Not just some man either. Petula's boyfriend is the younger brother of a very wealthy and very powerful man. Determined to shift the blame away from themselves, (accident or not) the two conceive a plan not only to get off scotch free, but to get some money in the process, demanding a ransom from the older brother. But problems only get worse for the two. When the ransom is stated, the two now have to dodge a sneaky detective fond of Petula, Dorothy's druggie boyfriend, a severed finger and a very scary older brother!I found myself thoroughly entertained. Weisz is absolutely superb as Petula. Not quite the brightest crayon in the box, she adds a lot of comic relief. Her abilities are definitely NOT limited to mummy flicks.
Lynch is perfect as Dorothy. I had seen Waking Ned Devine, but had not heard much of Lynch sense, but she was great. She's believable in her acting and I thought no one could play Dorothy better.The movie has feeling of "Thelma and Louis," minus the road trip. I found myself laughing through the movie, moved by Petula and Dorothy's self-struggles to stay with their boyfriends, and on the edge of my seat with a very thrilling and unpredictable plot. I would definitely recommend the movie to anyone who liked Pulp Fiction, or, of course, Thelma & Louis."
morganrosella | Riverside, California United States | 04/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In an interview Rachel Weisz said that with this film you will either love it or hate it. I belong to the camp that loved it. The primary reason I went to see this film was Weisz herself, since she is one of my favorite actresses. I was pleasntly surprised to find myself laughing through so much of the movie.The premise really isn't something new. It's like "Thelma & Louise" without the road trip, funnier, and I liked it better. Dorothy and Petula date mean, nasty men. It seems all men in this film are mean and nasty. One night, while tryin to escape her boyfriend Tony, Dorothy happens on Petula who is being strangled by her boyfriend Brian. Nice fellah, eh? She saves her by whacking Brian with a pipe. They decide to let him sleep it off in Dorothy's bath tub. Brian falls and dies. The girls have to go through and try and do something to get the blame away from them. They cannot let anyone know that they killed him, even if it was an accident. Dorothy happens on the idea of faking a kidnap and ransom plot. Along the way some more nasty men come into the picture.This is a funny film and what makes it so is the performances given by Weisz and her co-star Susan Lynch. Both are perfect for their roles and their scenes together are great. But so are the other scenes. Dorothy is the level headed, smart one and Lynch can play that very well, balancing that and Dorothy's fear. The scene where Tony comes back and confronts them is fantastic. Weisz has shown that she is a fine comedic actress and you have to do a double take when you see her as a blonde. She's shown us that she has a very wide range.I don't know that I could recommend this to many people. All I can say is that I found it to be very funny and would gladly see it again."