Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Saffron Burrows, Burt Reynolds, Mike Starr, Randy Austin, Kyle Erby
Director: Bill Bennett
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Only a fool believes he can trust a woman. And only a fool would try, especially in a town as sultry as New Orleans. Charlie, a wealthy businessman, suspects that his wife may one day be unfaithful to him. To prove otherwi... more »
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3 Stars for New Orleans, Lousiana
prisrob | New EnglandUSA | 03/05/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Burt Reynolds and New Orleans. First thought is of Smoky and the Bandit. No such luck, this is a movie adapted for cable and television because, well, because it wasn't quite good enough for the theatre. Hot, steamy and tropical, New Orleans; yes, NOLA is all that. So three stars for NOLA.
This movie, "Tempted" takes place in New Orleans, but it is a typical romance, thriller, mystery. Charlie, (Burt Reynolds) an older wealthy businessman with dubious connections, weds a young, beautiful blonde, Lily, (Saffron Burrows) and then worries that she will cheat on him. Isn't that a given? Charlie hires a young carpenter, Jimmy (Peter Fascinelli) to help around the house and tempt the beautiful wife. Things go as planned until Lily finds from another source exactly what Charlie has planned. She decides to teach him a lesson and leads Jimmy on. What she didn't plan on is that Jimmy falls in love with her, the beautiful temptress. What Charlie didn't plan on is that the detective he hires to provide evidence isn't all he seems. And, what Jimmy didn't plan on is that he would be in the middle of this big mess, alone.
Charlie winds up in the hospital. Jimmy is on the lam, and Lily is safe at home with the family's lawyer, doing heaven knows what. The mystery is pretty blatant, and all we wonder is who is going to wind up dead or in jail, and who will be blamed? The action is slow, the background music doesn't lead credence to the plot, and I wonder just what was the director thinking. Saffron Burrows is beautiful and sultry. Burt Reynolds is old and his new face doesn't fit him. Peter Fascinelli is young, too young for this this role.
Glad I didn't pay full fare. prisrob
Predictable Formula Thriller
A.M.Boughey | Rochester, MN | 07/21/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)
"One has to ask when Burt Reynolds is going to hang up his acting shoes, after seeing this, having seen better performances from him of late in the Vision Express commercials. This is TV movie material through and through, and promises much in the way of steamy sex, intrigue and betrayal (should you believe the trailer, and cover sleeve) but is actually little more than bland throughout. Reynolds plays a New Orleans millionaire (with questionable connections) whose young attractive wife (played in sultry fashion by Saffron Burrows) is a constant worry to him, on the grounds of what he sees as her eventual, and inevitable infidelity. Not wanting to wait for this to just happen he offers a young hunk $50,000 to seduce the aforementioned Ms Burrows to "test" her love for her husband. As the wafer thin plot lumbers on, we are treated to a somewhat gratuitous over the table seduction scene, which is then consolidated sometime later by a more "tender" but equally lame staircase episode. The upshot of all of this is that our young stud refuses to do the job for the money , but then finds himself falling for the married woman and can't help himself. This of course unleases the wrath of the now extremely ticked off Mr Reynolds (I mean what did he expect?) who then becomes ... bent on dishing out retribution to the pair of them. What should then have been well set up into a good thriller with the opportunity for several twists and turns, is predictable and the movie goes down from this point at about the same speed as the Titanic. This movie really tries to be a solid psychological thriller, with an adult theme but suffers badly from a weak script, thin storyline and fairly average performances. I kept asking myself, as I'm sure most viewers will WHAT would have happened if Reynolds had left "well enough alone" as his young wife doesn't really shout out for an affair, but that's a moot point I guess. It is not overly BAD, but it isn't that good either. I got the feeling that Reynolds was simply going through the motions to get a paycheck, and Ms Burrows was far more polished and believable in Deep Blue Sea. All this being said, there's a fair amount of material here to keep most people happy who enjoy 10pm movies on the Mystery channel, but don't get your hopes up too high."
Tempted steams up with good performances by the leads
Mike Bolts | Superior, Wi | 08/07/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Burt Reynolds (The Longest Yard, The Dukes Of Hazzard) gets the idea in his head that his sexy ass wife, played by Saffron Burrows (Deep Blue Sea, One Night Stand), isnt worthy, so he hires a construction guy, played by Peter Facinelli (The Big Kahuna, Dancer, Texas Pop 81), and pays him to see if his wife will sleep with him. So, Facinelli goes and gets closer to Burrows and she finally gives into banging him after she hears from some woman about her husbands deal and also, there's a private investigator in the mist watching everything they do. Reynolds gets pissed, threatens Facinelli and winds up getting shot 3 times. Interesting story with the leads Facinelli and Burrows steaming up the screen everytime they have a scene together and Reynolds plays another jackass in this movie but he's good in it. He also voices over the beginning of the movie and end of it. Also starring Mike Starr (Dumb and Dumber, Snake Eyes) and Eric Mabius (Resident Evil, The Crow: Salvation). Enjoy and if not then, that's your problem."
Not bad for a low budget movie
Wendy Schroeder | Englewood, Co United States | 08/05/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is a HBO straight-to-video movie but it's a pretty good one. A wealthy man Charlie Le Blanc (Burt Reynolds) doesn't completely trust his wife Lilly so he pays a handsome young man named Jimmy Mulate $10,000 to seduce her and $40,000 if he is successful. Jimmy has to find a mark on her and describe it if he has sex with her but Charlie has the house bugged with high tech equipment so he already knows before Jimmy says a word.
Since I don't want to give up the entire plot I just want to say this should have been on TV. It's not good enough to been at the theater but it's entertaining enough to spend an hour and a half watching at home. If you like a good film noir type movie it's worth your time."