A seemingly virtuous high school guidance counselor, Sam Lombardo (Matt Dillon), is accused of raping students Kelly (Denise Richards) and Suzie (Neve Campbell). Ken Bowden (Bill Murray), an oddball attorney, and Detective Ray Duquette (Kevin Bacon) come to Lombardo's aid, unraveling a much larger blackmail scheme involving some of the town's least suspicious residents.
WILD THINGS, a veering, breakneck ride, proved surprisingly successful at the box office. It features director John McNaughton's (HENRY PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER, NORMAL LIFE) best talents: sinuous, layered storytelling, racy cinematography, and shocking plot twists. Richards and Campbell sizzle on the screen as they tease, seduce, and entrap. Lying somewhere between black comedy and psycho thriller, WILD THINGS is an unclassifiable, unforgettable original.
Kevin Bacon - Omnipresent American actor, FOOTLOOSE, MYSTIC RIVER
Neve Campbell - Actress, PARTY OF FIVE, SCREAM
Robert Wagner - American actor, HART TO HART, AUSTIN POWERS
Rodney Liber - Producer
Matt Dillon - American actor, DRUGSTORE COWBOY (1989)
Steven A. Jones
Theresa Russell - American Actress
John McNaughton - American Director
Denise Richards - Actress, WILD THINGS (1998)
Bill Murray - American actor, LOST IN TRANSLATION, MEATBALLS
A high school guidance counselor is accused of raping a well-to-do student as well as a not-so-wealthy student. Defending himself with the aid of an eccentric attorney turns into more than he bargained for in this tale of double and triple crosses that includes a rather well known ménage à trois.
"...[An] erotic thriller..." - 04/02/1998 Rolling Stone, p.80
"...A grade-A B-movie....[McNaughton's strength is his] eye for the gaudy gesture..." -- Rating: B+ - 09/18/1998 Entertainment Weekly, p.90-1
"...A slick, steamy tale of non-stop treachery..." - 03/20/1998 New York Times, p.E9
"...As soon as you think Stephen Peters' script has used up every conceivable opportunity, it twists again....There are as many surprises as characters..." - 03/20/1998 Los Angeles Times, p.C20
"...It has a little of everything....[McNaughton] likes to show audiences how wrong their expectations are..." - 03/20/1998 Chicago Sun-Times, p.40