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Very Bad Things
Very Bad Things
Actors: Christian Slater, Daniel Stern, Cameron Diaz, Jon Favreau, Leland Orser
Director: Peter Berg
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
R     2002     1hr 40min


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Actors: Christian Slater, Daniel Stern, Cameron Diaz, Jon Favreau, Leland Orser
Director: Peter Berg
Creators: Christian Slater, Peter Berg, Cindy Cowan, Diane Nabatoff, Joanna Johnson, Laura Greenlee, Michael A. Helfant
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Crime, Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Polygram Filmed Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 11/05/2002
Original Release Date: 11/25/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 11/25/1998
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 21
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 7/19/2012...
3 stars.

Bachelor party in Vegas goes bad. Bad goes to worse.

I really wanted to like this movie, which means my predisposition should have colored my perceptions in a good way. But the film kept giving me reasons not to like it.

Cameron Diaz...played her part to the hilt. 5 stars if I was just voting on her performance.

Christian Slater...his usual self, nothing less, nothing more. His character lacked the most in terms of the plot "working". I can't explain better without spoilers.

Daniel irritating and over the top, it sucked all the entertainment value out of every scene he was in.

Jon Favreau...very likeable guy. Good casting for the part.

Jeremy amazing actor. He's always worth seeing, but he does enjoy playing unlikeable characters. This part is no exception.

Leland Orser...I always liked this actor. But it felt like the director had so much else going on, Leland got left without much to do.

Like many movies, as long as the ending is really good, a lot can be forgiven. In this case, the ending was its death knell. (For me) It left too many unanswered questions/holes in the plot, lacked a fun twist and fizzled out. Too bad.

1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Richard W. (rewfilmmaker) from NAPLES, FL
Reviewed on 11/21/2011...
This movie starts out as a light-hearted bachelor party in Vegas caper then takes a slow weird slide into the dark side of human nature. It's well-acted by several stars but don't expect a happy ending.
Kimberly B. (TheBookHunter) from SALEM, OH
Reviewed on 11/2/2008...
good one
Cheryl S. (thebat2O) from TRENTON, NJ
Reviewed on 5/15/2008...
This movie had me wetting my pants with laughter. It goes from bad to worse as the guys get into one jam after another. See this's a guy film for sure!

Movie Reviews

Definitely dark and at times very humorous
DSG | Franklin, Wisconsin | 02/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"yes they have done some very bad things. great movie
shocks you, scares you, thrills you, chills you, makes you laugh all at once almost. highly recommend this one. it's different roles for each character. and they play their parts part well. I was definitely shocked after seeing this the first time thru. I shall watch it again and again. the ending is nice. the story is very twisted at times. but I think it helps the viewer think of what might happen next before they show it. I am glad I have this on dvd. a true shocking classic movie. That goes to show you that when you do "very bad things" sooner or later your conscience will eat away at you for them and you'll either beg and confess or something else. quite a shock of a movie they made. but it's worth the watch always"
No Better Title
marcbess | 01/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Some very bad things do in fact happen in this movie. I saw this movie by accident and I am very glad I did.

I will warn you that this movie has some very gruesome scenes, not just physically, but conceptually as well.
The movie begins with a group of friends attending a bachelor party in a Las Vegas hotel, where the hired hooker is accidently killed. It is a rollercoaster ride from this point on beginning with the attempted cover-up. More murders/deaths and more cover ups that are beyond bizarre. Camerion Diaz is incredibly annoying (by design) and you find yourself not being sympathetic towards her character in the end.This movis is morbidly hysterical and you find youself laughing at things that you would never admit to your mother or your priest! After it was over, I had to repent.If you never see another movie, I recommend you see this one."
Very Bad Indeed (3½ stars)
marcbess | 11/07/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This one was recommended to me by my sister, and I would have liked to say that I really enjoyed, but I didn't. It starts off with the groom-to-be Kyle Fisher (Jon Favreau) leaving for Las Vegas with his four buddies (played by Leland Orser, Christian Slater, Daniel Stern, and Jeremy Piven) for a wild stag party. However, things go horribly wrong when the Asian stripper (played by Kobé Tai) is impaled, literally and metaphorically, to the wall. To cover this up, they kill the hotel security guard, then dismember and bury their remains in the desert. Even though they swear to secrecy, the problem doesn't go away, and soon they're killing more people and turning on each other.A lot of the characters in "Very Bad Things" are very unredeemable and it's hard to feel any sympathy for them (Boyd, for one, played by Slater), save for perhaps Adam (Daniel Stern), who has an overactive conscience. And as for being a comedy--I don't think so. It's very violent. Horror fans might like this--however, being one, I wasn't expecting this; I was expecting a dark comedy. I only laughed a few times when some of the guys got what they deserved, but more than not I was grimacing. So, yeah, in a twisted way it is funny, but this isn't a movie I'd necessarily recommend, unless you're really into black, black--and I mean black--comedies. It's almost an acquired taste.In summary: as a comedy it was bad, very bad; but as a thriller, it was good. So, the movie averages out to 3½ stars for me."