Damn!! Mean Girls really let this one loose!
Suspecting her husband, David (Liam Neeson), of infidelity, doctor Catherine (Julianne Moore) hires sexy escort Chloe (Amanda Seyfried) to seduce him and test his faithfulness. But as Catherine checks in on Chloe’s encounters with David, Chloe’s reports become increasingly lurid. Soon, the relationships between all three intensify in unexpected ways.
The erotic thriller genre hasn’t been doing so well lately, as many people just don’t want to see stars getting down with one another. This film tries to revive that, instead just blows it (pun intended).
The film goes for the idea of how a woman wants to feel desirable, and feel desire, but the whole film plays out to me like a soft-core cable flick. There are moments here that actually work, showing the true emotions of that sexual desire that we all have, the only problem is that it almost seems like that’s the only thing that this film wants to be about, and by showing us scenes of Moore and Seyfried makin’ out, I think I got it.
Many moments of this film were very good with the dialogue, and how they just relied on that for an erotic feel, but where I think they mess up is about half-way through, there are these little plot twists that pop up, and I can’t lie, but their pretty dumb. The film could have easily gone for that erotic/mystery vibe, but they knocked all of that down with some terrible, cliche moments.
At a time when women are either cougars or desperate housewives, Julianne Moore delivers a sincere, if at times sexy portrayal of female desire. She handles a lot of the scenes well, and I wish there was more of just her on screen, because the film could have really went for that. Liam Neeson is the main element to this film, and is barely around although with reason. In the middle of the film, apparently his wife Natasha Richardson had the skiing accident, and died in the middle of filming, so he wasn’t really around and I understand, but still a good job though. This is a big role for Amanda Seyfried because it’s her chance to prove that she’s more than just dough-eyed romantic leads, and for the most part she pulls it off. She’s sexy, sweet, and probably a little crazy, we just don’t know yet, and Seyfried plays this all so well. I must say that I hated Max Thieriot, who plays the son of the couple named Michael. He has a couple of scenes that were supposed to be important, but were just lame because his acting was really bad.
Consensus: Boosted by good performances from the trio of leads, and steamy feeling, Chloe is hot but becomes too predictable, and is almost in a tug-of-war between a character study and sexy little B-move. However, in the end nobody wins, except if you want to see some hot lesbo action.