Kiss Daddy Goodnight Movie Review

This low-rent thriller is Uma Thurman's first performance (in fact, it's said it was her first audition, even). Grainy and cheap, the 1988 film has Thurman as a party girl who makes her living by letting people pick her up at clubs, then drugging them when they're back at his place. She ammasses cash and countless treasures this way, until eventually a murder changes the score.

Austrian director Peter Ily Huemer takes his sweet time in letting this story play out, giving it a movie-of-the-week feeling that doesn't inspire a lot of interest. Thurman is OK but clearly inexperienced. Huemer keeps putting her in a series of more improbable wigs in order to give her black widow character some mystique. I can't really fault you for being a fan of Uma (who was 18 at the time of shooting the film), but you'll find better early works from her in Dangerous Liaisons, to name just another film of hers from '88.


Kiss Daddy Goodnight Rating

" Grim "

Rating: R, 1988


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