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Running Time:
1 hour, 45 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for sexual material including some suggestive dialogue, some violence and thematic content.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This ludicrous psychodrama is a superficial and slick remake of "Fatal Attraction" but it has occasional thrills including a much-publicized, climactic catfight.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Closed Caption; "Girl Fight!" an inside look at the climactic fight sequence between Beyoncé Knowles and Ali Larter.

CAST:
Idris Elba ... Derek
Beyoncé Knowles ... Sharon
Ali Larter ... Lisa
Jerry O'Connell ... Ben
Bonnie Perlman ... Marge
Christine Lahti ... Reese



Obsessed

 

In this superficial and slick remake of Fatal Attraction, an attractive couple (executive Derek Charles (Idris Elba - TV's "The Wire") who is happily married to wife Sharon (Beyonce Knowles "Dreamgirls") is terrorized by an equally attractive woman, Lisa (Ali Larter "Final Destination"),  a newly hired temp working as his assistant who has fixated her affections on her boss. It’s a triangle, but one that includes a racial element - an African American couple and a Caucasian “other woman” in serious need of psychiatric help. When matters come to a head during the office Christmas party when Lisa comes onto him, Derek surprisingly, isn’t tempted, nor does he succumb to her attentions. And she doesn’t handle rejection well.

We know where things are heading — the eventual confrontation between the women leads to a ludicrous cat fight. Wearing four-inch designer pumps, Knowles kicks, stomps, and punches it out with the equally feral Larter. Stalkers are scary. But Knowles’ character doesn’t appear to feel fear, only boiling rage. It’s an entertaining, knockdown-drag out match, but it still evoked laughter, shouts, and cheers from the audience, not fear.

Directed by a former television director - Steve Shill,  the film suffers from the fact that nothing actually happens between Derek and Lisa. Her behavior lacks motivation. Lisa isn’t a disturbed jilted lover or one-night stand gone wrong. She is merely crazy, and that isn’t nearly as compelling a reason for what ensues, as an actual sexual encounter with Derek would have been. But, despite the film’s weaknesses, the acting is fine, although  Obsessed  is unfortunately, a superficial and slick update of its far superior predecessor. It just happens to have a great girl-on-girl fight scene, obviously added for its entertainment value. 


 

                                            







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