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Overall Rating
2.43

Awesome: 25%
Worth A Look: 2.27%
Average: 4.55%
Pretty Bad: 27.27%
Total Crap40.91%

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In Crowd (2000), The
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by Scott Weinberg

"Wealthy Psychotic Lesbian Bitches in Heat!"
2 stars

Some movies just make you wonder what the filmmakers were thinking as they sat and watched the final product. Do directors of such insanely vapid movies like The In Crowd sit there with a satisfied look, content that they've made a solid piece of entertainment? If that is indeed the case, I'm starting to think that smoking crack is now required if you want to be a modern moviemaker.

I suppose that in today's Hollywood, a 'plot' is quite often not even a requirement for a feature film. In some rare cases, a plot is actually a hindrance, one that gets in the way of the truly wonderful facets of the B-movie: half-naked people doing terrible things to each other.

What we have on display here is a group of young, beautiful and staggeringly obnoxious group of characters, many of whom have scenes with one another in which they talk...and talk...and occasionally slap each other. All the boys are chiseled, dreamy and stupid, while all the girls are buxom, gorgeous and evil. Based on that description, The In Crowd may sound like the most realistic college movie ever made. Until the dialogue hits your ears, that is. If there are really people that talk like this anywhere in the world, please let me know where they are, so I can point and laugh.

The main reason that this movie is so stupid is that it betrays its own genre to earn a PG-13 rating! Had the producers not blatantly snipped out all the good raunchy stuff, I'd be able to recommend The In Crowd as a wonderfully bitchy counterpart to last year's Cruel Intentions. They're both cheese to be sure, but at least 'Intentions' had the stones to be raunchy!

In a desperate effort to grab a few extra unsuspecting moviegoers, this movie was trimmed down to a more teen-friendly PG-13. Since The In Crowd grossed maybe 74 bucks even with the PG-13, it's safe to say that the strategy didn't work, and the very components that could have made this movie fun (e.g. bare breasts, rampant vulgarity and graphic violence) were removed. The result is like hearing a dirty joke told by a priest.

Basically, you could put Cruel Intentions, The Skulls, Gossip and Clueless in a blender, hit puree, and this is the movie you'd be left with. The bare-bones plot revolves around a former psycho-girl named Adrien, and how she acclimates to living at the same resort with ultra-psycho-girl Brittney and all her rich and moronic friends. A few corpses pop up to relieve the boredom, the screenplay wavers between dull and insipid, and then we have a 20-minute girlfight. The main problem is that there is not ONE remotely likeable character in the entire film! You simply hate everyone!

One notable fact is that the two main bitches (Susan Ward and Lori Heuring) are uncanny twins of other (also busty) actresses. At one point, I swore I was watching a cat-fight between Sarah Jessica Parker and Denise Richards! (I can dream, can't I?) But these two actresses are actually sort of fun to watch, since they often wear bikinis. (I can see the casting call for this movie now: Need 2 young and beautiful actresses. Must wear at least a C-cup. Mild lesbianism required.)

I'd be remiss for not giving this movie at least some praise, for any movie that features the brilliant character actor Taylor Negron (the mailman from Better Off dead and about 300 other movies) as a "No way, girlfriend! Uh-uh!" kind of gay hair-stylist deserves at least a mention. Also on hand is good ol' Tess Harper (Criminal Law) as a clueless (and shockingly wrinkled!) psychiatrist.


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DVD Notes:

It's pretty odd for such a financial dud to get this nice of a DVD treatment, but The In Crowd has more than a handful of pretty cool features:

A music-only soundtrack, for those of us who don't like to be distracted by pesky things like words. Hey, you wanna do an all music track? Go make a DVD for Grease. Certainly none of the music in this movie is worthy of such extensive examination.

Three deleted scenes, two of which are as stupid as the movie they were culled from. The third deleted scene was interesting, mainly because of the title card, which states: "The producers chose to cut this scene because the film already had too many endings."

The requisite 'cast & crew biographies' are jazzed up quite a bit here, and that would definitely be a good thing if only you'd ever heard of any of these actors!

The most entertaining feature is the 'cast commentary' which consists entirely of Susan Ward and Lori Heuring giggling and making silly comments during the dirty scenes. I mean that in a good way, as this silly commentary is infinitely more watchable than this meandering and confused little stink bomb of a movie.

Director Mary Lambert directed both Pet Sematary movies, in addition to several of Madonna's videos, so it's pretty obvious we're not talking Spielberg here. While this movie certainly has a lots of groovy mood lighting and expensive rooms, it's certainly not enough to cover up the fact that what you're watching essentially sucks.

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User Comments

3/25/10 Brooke I actually enjoyed this movie..but I like this kind of movie. 5 stars
12/22/05 cody a cool teenage cruel and revenge story, with nice looking ladies and somewhat entertaining 3 stars
8/18/05 ES wothless on so many levels 1 stars
2/17/04 me a great film I loved 5 stars
1/19/04 george i like it ALOTTTTTTT 5 stars
6/11/02 qtpie It is a great movie\ 5 stars
1/23/02 Andrew Carden Unwatchable Piece Of Crap. Has Weak Plot and Bad Actors. 1 stars
7/15/01 Basil Nothing special. 3 stars
2/11/01 KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi Not even a good time-killer. NO justification for its existence. 1 stars
1/15/01 Johannes Great 5 stars
8/03/00 Ryan Phillippe gets hit by a car and it rules! About a gratifying as getting a blow job from a big shark. 4 stars
8/02/00 Tiffany The clothes and make up were awesome! 5 stars
7/30/00 svetlana i love it 5 stars
7/30/00 Kendall Great!!!! 5 stars
7/29/00 Dorothy I loved it Susan was the best 5 stars
7/29/00 Tom Very nice movie ! Susan Ward is very pretty. 5 stars
7/29/00 Janey Awful 1 stars
7/23/00 IHatePeopleWhoTalkDuringMovies wow, so so bad 1 stars
7/22/00 Boy In The Designer Bubble Dear Lord, please kill all the 20 something blank faced actors destroying film today. 1 stars
7/11/00 Samantha Best bitch slap movie since Wild Things.... 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  19-Jul-2000 (PG-13)

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Directed by
  Mary Lambert

Written by
  Mark Gibson
  Philip Halprin

Cast
  Susan Ward
  Lori Heuring
  Matthew Settle
  Nathan Bexton
  Tess Harper



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