To Die For Movie Review Summary

Actors: Nicole Kidman, Matt Dillon, Joaquin Phoenix, Casey Affleck, Illeana Douglas

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Suzanne Stone (Kidman) works as a weather reporter for a small-town TV station but aspires to much bigger things. She's not particularly smart, but she has loads of cold and nasty drive, and is perfectly willing to seduce an incredibly dim but horny young man (Phoenix) and convince him to murder her sweet, devoted husband Larry (Dillon). That, and more. This was Gus Van Sant's first highly successful mainstream film (1995), with a script by Buck Henry based on a book by Joyce Maynard inspired by the Pamela Smart case. (Both writers have cameos in the film, as does George Segal.) It's a sharp, black satire, that may make many viewers uncomfortable.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Blackmail & Seduction?    -   Yes Married, fooling around?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   ignorant small town people Misc setting    -   school

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of sex Any profanity?    -   A lot of foul language Is this movie based on a    -   book

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