April 03, 2006

"Basic Instinct 2" Goes Over Like A Turd In The Punchbowl

Well, despite the prospect of seeing 48-year old Sharon Stone stark naked and performing deviant sex acts, the much-hyped sequel to "Basic Instinct" made as much money this weekend as "Larry The Cable Guy: Health Inspector" (which is in its second week of release).

And who does the director of the original film blame? The U.S. government. No, really?!? Dutch-born Paul Vernoeven, the man who brought you such flops as "Showgirls" and "Hollow Man", says that the American government has been foisting its Christian values on its citizenry, making them unwilling to embrace "erotica".

"Anything that is erotic has been banned in the United States," said the Dutch native. "Look at the people at the top (of the government). We are living under a government that is constantly hammering out Christian values. And Christianity and sex have never been good friends."

Scribe Nicholas Meyer, who was an uncredited writer on 1987's seminal sex-fueled cautionary tale "Fatal Attraction," agrees, noting that the genre's downfall coincides with the ascent of the conservative political movement.

"We're in a big puritanical mode," he said. "Now, it's like the McCarthy era, except it's not 'Are you a communist?' but 'Have you ever put sex in a movie?'"

Oh, give me freakin' break. A country that has spent (to date) $82 million to see a love story between two gay sheep herders is in a "big puritanical mode"? Nice try, guys. But the sad truth is that the movie SUCKED

Even people who are really into "erotic" thrillers could see this one for what it is: a rehashed concept without any of the elements that made the original so popular.

Posted by: Gary at 11:26 AM | Comments (2) | Add Comment
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1 I clicked and read those reviews. Yikes, what a turkey! Hillarious that Vernoeven thinks that people stayed away from a sex-thriller starring a 48 year old has-been (who, imo, wasn't all that to begin with) because they were afraid it'd be "too sexy". LOL!

Posted by: Tuning Spork at April 03, 2006 10:58 AM (ETwCX)

2 Disclaimer: my assertion that the movie sucks is based on a 6% "rotten" rating on rottentomatoes-dot-com. I haven't seen the movie nor do I have any desire to. Just to clear up any confusion. :wink:

Posted by: Gary at April 04, 2006 09:20 AM (PLHs9)

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