Chad Lowe and Kim Painter - The Kaleidoscope Ball benefitting The UCLA Children's Discovery and Innovation Institute at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 17th April 2013
The Messerman family of suburban Ohio, circa 1973, is a little bit weird. Dad Simon (William Hurt) is a frustrated intellectual who earns a living as an insurance salesman but fancies himself as a great mind and is prone to speaking in brilliant quotations from geniuses of the past. His wife Judith (Rita Wilson) is just as enamored of her own intellect and has a deep love of classical music. Their older son Clive (David Call) is a supersmart math geek/long-haired hippie who breezes through statewide math competitions without even giving a damn. He's more into sparking up bongs in his bedroom with his luscious girlfriend Sandra (Michelle Trachtenberg) and his best friend Elliot (Hale Appleman), with whom he shares a secret language. Somewhat lost in the shuffle is the younger teenage son, William (Brett Davern), who is both amused and put off by his family's eccentric behavior.
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Chad Lowe Monday 5th November 2007 Callaway Golf Foundation Tournament to benefit the Entertainment Industry Foundation's Cancer Research Programs, held at the Riviera Country Club Los Angeles, California
Sure, you're probably saying that worse movies about Salem witch trial-era fungi that resurface 300 years later, are turned into experimental medicine by researchers for use as brain medicing, and then slowly turn the subjects into violent madmen have been made. And if there were any other movies about evil witch spores, you'd probably be right. But as it stands, Risk falls into every common pitfall of low-grade horror movies: a nonsensical setup, no rationale or explanation for the plot, a series of "mysterious" events designed solely to scare you, and a relatively pat ending.
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For about five minutes at the beginning of its Third Act, the adultery-fueled sexual potboiler "Unfaithful" seems to mull over the possibility of becoming more than just a glossy, tawdry, yuppie bodice-ripper.
The suburban New York couple, played by Diane Lane and Richard Gere, whose marriage has come unglued because of the wife's fling with a seductive young Lothario, realize as their eyes meet across a crowded gathering at their home that they both know each other's worst secret and they could be dangerous to one other.
At this moment, director Adrian Lyne has a chance to twist "Unfaithful" into a subtle psychological puzzle, a game of trust and mistrust. But such intellectual aspirations have never been Lyne's cup of tea. The director of "9 1/2 Weeks," "Fatal Attraction," "Indecent Proposal" and the 1998 "Lolita" remake, he's always been far more interested in psychosexual sensationalism than emotional-cerebral exploration. Just as he's beginning to delve more deeply into these characters' conscience, Lyne fogs up the lens again and gets lost in the motivational ambiguity.
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