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14-year-old Ellie Christianson wants to make her father Ben her love partner. And when her mother Karen turns up dead, Ellie has a good opportunity.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louise Myrback Louise Myrback ... Lena Anderson
Julia Stiles ... Ellie Christianson
William R. Moses ... Ben Christianson
Chelsea Field ... Karen Christianson
Vanessa Zima ... Inger Christianson
Patrick Muldoon ... Lawson Smith
Casey Rion ... Leon
Michael Parks ... Detective Boland
Linda Hart ... Mrs. Potter
Patrick McTavish Patrick McTavish ... Bobby Smith
Connie Blankenship Connie Blankenship ... Mrs. Smith
Venessa Verdugo ... Police Woman
Kyle Sabihy Kyle Sabihy ... Snuffy Holmes
Sterling Macer Jr. ... Detective Ritchie (as Sterling Macer)
Beano ... Forensic Cop
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After the mysterious death of an upper class housewife, her oldest daughter literally takes her place, dressing in her mother's clothes and seducing the father. A quirky detective investigates the crime and finds that there are many suspects, each with something to hide. Written by Larry McGillicuddy <pcsq84f@prodigy.com>

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Evil Never Looked So Good.

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Second Wife See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Julia Stiles player a 14 year old though she was 17 at the time. See more »

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Officer: So you do think it was him?
Detective Roland: Him... or somebody else.
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Pretty good
3 September 2001 | by mattymatt4everSee all my reviews

I think Julia Stiles is a beautiful actress, so I was anxious to pick this movie up when it premiered on video last week. I was hoping it wouldn't be one of those dumb attempts to capitalize on the success of a now-popular star (i.e.: "American Virgin" with Mena Suvari). The movie actually premiered at the Caanes Film Festival in 1998, so I was a little suspicious as to why they pushed the release date (on video).

First of all, I was pleased to find out that Julia WAS the star. The plot is far from original, and works basically on an entertainment level. However, it has an oddly engaging sense of style that keeps you interested. There are ways to take a formulaic plot, and transform it into something unique and fun--"Wicked" is a fine example. The camera angles, the lighting, the creepy undertones (i.e.: incest) of a seemingly pleasant suburban community, the pacing and subtle comic relief beneath all the tension make this worth watching. This is like the work of a first-time independent filmmaker--and I don't mean that in a bad way.

It's also worthy of seeing the beautiful Julia in a good, early performance. This may not be a masterpiece or even a guilty pleasure worthy of several viewings, but it's a good movie and a good rental.

My score: 7 (out of 10)


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