THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

BAD INFLUENCE (1990)


It’s funny – even for someone like me who watches movies far more often then the average fella, there are movies that, for some reason or another, that you just don’t get to see. One of those is Bad Influence (1990) and glad that Shout Factory! recently reissued it on an excellent quality blu-ray. Michael (an incredibly young and boyish James Spader) is a financial analyst who is not exactly loving life. Things are not going great at work and he’s engaged to be married (his fiancé is Marcia Cross of desperate Housewives fame) but really doesn’t wanna tie the knot. While brooding at a bar he almost gets his ass kicked by some jerk who thinks he’s making a play for his girl. Enter Alex (Rob Lowe), who breaks a beer bottle across the bar and shows this guy the door. He bumps into Alex later, who starts to show him ways to cope and get the upper hand at the job. They start to do dangerous things (robbing places at gunpoint!) which invigorate Michael and change his life – until it goes too far. But Michael can’t get rid of the dangerous sociopath Alex, who knows too much about his life and his job and has no intention of going away. This is Strangers on a Train territory, to invoke the excellent Hitchcock movie with similar characters, well acted and finely directed by Curtis Hanson. Spader evolves from timid helpless Michael to a Michael that is in too deep and has to find the strength to handle Alex once and for all. Lowe is creepy and affective as Alex, smiling just a little too much throughout. Bad Influence is a good one – and it only took me 27 years to catch up with it! #88 on the countdown.

TLA one-word review: tragic