Lake Placid Review
By Christopher Null
It's crocodile season, opening the hunting period on an animal that has been woefully underused in the horror movie litany to date. But unlike most horror/thriller pics, this one features a script by David E. Kelley, best known as the creator of TV's Ally McBeal.
So there's some promise here. But does this monster movie rise above recent crap like Anaconda or Jaws 3-D? A little. It's better than Anaconda, anyway.
High concept plot: Giantest crocodile on earth stalks Black Lake (not Lake Placid) in Maine. When a guy gets eaten, local fish and game warden (Pullman) and New York paleontologist (Fonda) come to investigate. Croc chase ensues, with help from "eccentric millionaire mythology professor" Platt and local yokel sheriff Gleeson.
About the only thing that rescues Lake Placid from drecksville is Kelley's flair for sarcastic dialogue, which punctuates just about every line from the mouth of every character - and is most notably funny coming from Betty White (local eccentric lake dweller). But witty repartee a five-star movie does not make.
Coming in at about 80 minutes running time, witty repartee does make for a passable way to spend an hour. Too bad they couldn't have just worked this plot into an episode of Ally McBeal.
Platt hears DUH DUH... DUH DUH...
Facts and Figures
In Theaters: Friday 16th July 1999
Box Office Worldwide: $56.9M
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Production compaines: Fox 2000 Pictures
Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 41%
Fresh: 30 Rotten: 44
Cast & Crew
Screenwriter: David E. Kelley
Starring: Bill Pullman as Jack Wells, Bridget Fonda as Kelly Scott, Oliver Platt as Hector Cyr, Brendan Gleeson as Sheriff Hank Keough, Betty White as Mrs. Delores Bickerman, David Lewis as Walt Lawson, Tim Dixon as Stephen Daniels, Natassia Malthe as Janine, Mariska Hargitay as Myra Okubo, Meredith Salenger as Deputy Sharon Gare, Jed Rees as Deputy Burke, Richard Leacock as Deputy Stevens, Jake T. Roberts as Officer Coulson, Warren Takeuchi as Paramedic, Ty Olsson as State Trooper