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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%

4 reviews, 20 user ratings


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In Crowd (2000), The
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by EricDSnider

"Deliciously, hilariously bad stuff."
2 stars

The first rule of fairness in film criticism is that you have to judge a movie on its own terms. You can't say "Schindler's List" was a bad movie because it wasn't funny, or that "Tommy Boy" was a bad movie because it wasn't suspenseful, because those films weren't TRYING to be those things. You determine what a movie is trying to accomplish, and then you determine whether it succeeded or not.

The problem with this system is when you come to movies like "The In Crowd," a teen thriller directed by TV-movie director Mary Lambert and starring no one. The film wants to be suspenseful, unpredictable and exciting, but it fails at all of that, coming across instead as lame, cliched, and ridiculous, with ill-defined characters, incredible plot conveniences and general eye-rolling badness. It wants to be taken seriously, but it doesn't stand a chance.

It succeeds, however, in being marvelously entertaining, deliciously bad, in a thoroughly enjoyable way. Honestly, I haven't enjoyed a terrible movie this much in ages. It's fast-paced and breezy and so delightfully stupid that I was never bored with it for a minute.

So does it deserve a good grade or a bad grade? Technically, it should get a bad one, because it fails at what it set out to accomplish. But if you judge it on terms it did NOT set up for itself, as a campy, "guilty-pleasure" film, you gotta admit, it scores high.

The plot: The pert, Barbie-shaped Adrien Williams (Lori Heuring) is let out of the booby hatch after serving some time for being a bit on the obsessive side. Her doctor, Henry Thompson (Daniel Hugh Kelly), gets her a summer job at snooty Cliffmont Country Club, where the queen of the "in crowd," Brittany Foster (Susan Ward), uses duplicity and deceit to make her part of the group.

Why would Brittany do this? Well, it seems Adrien looks JUST LIKE Brittany's sister Sandra, who took off a couple years ago and has never come back. Could it be that Brittany, who is a bit more fond of the ladies than I like to see a woman being, and who's a little obsessive herself, is trying to create a replacement sister? Sure seems that way. Oh, she's evil, too, but I won't tell you how.

The title group is meant to be one of those caches of gorgeous people, and they are attractive, but they're the basic-cable, low-budget kind of attractive -- the kind who aren't quite tan, not completely toned, and who have moles on their cleavage. Not a one of them is very good at acting, either, though none is particularly bad. Lori Heuring, as Adrien, is perhaps even rather good, with a non-skanky Madonna quality about her.

Give them all credit for this: They keep straight faces, even when they're betting one another for a night with the other's girlfriend, or staging an elaborate "Scooby-Doo"-style hoax to trap the evil Brittany.

The more I think about it, the more I liked this movie. It's a terrible piece of work, but man is it ever fun.

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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
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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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