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Dangerous Liaisons
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Directed By
Stephen Frears

Written By:
Christopher Hampton

Cast:
John Malkovich, Glenn Close, Michelle Pfeiffer, Uma Thurman, Keanu Reeves, Swoosie Kurtz, Mildred Natwick, Peter Capaldi

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Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
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Movie Review by BillyBob
March 16th, 2011

OH, THE TANGLED WEB THEY WEAVE....

Acres of silk, a top-notch cast, and glimpses of nudity couldn't even begin to disguise the plain fact that DANGEROUS LIAISONS was nothing but a fukking tedious bore. There was absolutely no question about it.

Here's a brief list of some of the more fitting adjectives that I think best describes the ugly, distastefullness of DANGEROUS LIAISONS' story, in a nutshell.

Vicious, Humiliating, Misogynistic, Malicious, Treacherous, Hateful, Scandalous, Cynical, Sadistic.

Yep. From my perspective, that about sums up this nasty, little picture.

Now, don't get me wrong here, when it comes to the likes of viciousness, treachery, and cynicism, I, for one, can certainly tolerate very high levels of it in any movie. I can. But, I'm tellin' ya, when it came to DANGEROUS LIAISONS, this particular film absolutely reeked to the frickin' heavens with such toxic nastiness that it literally made my skin crawl.

Set in 18th Century France, DANGEROUS LIAISONS' story concerned the utterly horrid, backstabbing antics of rich and bored aristocrats. (Like, didn't these frickin' wealthy bastards have anything better to do?)

In this slimy, little "real-life" game of villainous betrayal GLENN CLOSE played a detestable, butch-dyke Marquise and her despicable, little, two-faced conspirator-friend was played by the effeminate, mealy-mouthed JOHN MALKOVICH (who was very badly miscast for his part).

As an added disappointment - KEANU REEVES' performance as an oafish richboy was so wooden, in fact, that it made that little puppet-boy named Pinocchio look as if he were all flesh and blood.

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