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Overall Rating
3.97

Awesome44.44%
Worth A Look: 28.57%
Average: 9.52%
Pretty Bad: 14.29%
Total Crap: 3.17%

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Bound
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by Chris Parry

"Jennifer Tilly humping Gina Gershon. Everything else is bonus footage."
3 stars

There's two reasons to watch Bound. The first is that it was the first major work of the Wachowski Brothers, who would go on to blow the world away with Matrix. The second reason is Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly gettin' their groove on with fingers, tongues and hands. Yes, that's right, Gina "I get naked in everything" Gershon and Jennifer "I had sex with Chucky" Tilly get naked, grind and when they're done decide to engage in a storyline. Hey, I would have just smoked a cigarette, but I guess you have to earn your wages once you're done having fun.

Gina Gershon plays a butch bitch, recently out of the penitentiary, being paid to fix up an apartment for a landlord. Next door, Gina spies a trussed-up, big-boobed mobster's wife (Jen Tilly), with lips almost as collagen-enhanced as her own. Tilly starts putting the moves on, Gershon plays a little coy and makes her work for it, and finally they engage in an honestly wood-rising scene of foreplay, lovemaking and good old fashioned celebrity nudity.

And then they decide to steal some money from the mob - like they needed to do something to fill in the time now that the real point of the movie was over with.

There's no denying it, Gina Gershon has a lot of trouble pulling off 'tough gal', seemingly under the impression that all she needs is a 'wifebeater' t-shirt, some loose men's pants, a couple of tattoos and an inability to hold her shoulders straight and we'll just go with it. In the meantime, those collagen lips do everything in their power to prove that she's not a butch lesbo, she is in fact a movie star desperately trying to cling to anything that will keep her 'now'.

Jen Tilly is playing a bimbo, and she could pull that off in her sleep. In fact, for many of the scenes she almost seems to be doing just that. She moves slower than a wet week.

Rounding off the cast (and shaming them all) is Joe Pantoliano. Joey Pants is always the same, no matter what he's in, no matter what part he plays, but the Soprano's star (and Wachowski Brothers mainstay) is in his element here as mob thug Cesare. He's right on the money, especially when the money goes missing, and the longer this film goes the more obvious it is that he's really the star of it. Once the seduction is over and the female leads are done smooching, Gershon could have been sent home, for all the scenes she's in.

The Wachowski Brothers trademarks are all there - the whooshing noise whenever the camera moves, the slow-downs whenever a bullet is fired - in fact, you could almost suggest that with The Matrix the Wachowski Brothers kept the better elements of Bound (the style, the guns) and ditched the ones that don't really work (the sex tease).

Not that the Gershon/Tilly seduction isn't done really well - in fact it's done so well that it's almost worth a rental just for those scenes alone, but they really seems to be there only for shock value. Give the lads some celebrity boob and they'll buy a ticket, even if Gina Gershon has about as much success portraying a 'tough girl' as a Teletubby would have portraying Dirty Harry.

If you're looking to have your girlfriend experiment with girls, show her Bound and see how she reacts. But if you're looking for an A-1 thriller, you're going to be sadly disappointed.

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User Comments

9/22/17 morris campbell boring dyke movie 1 stars
2/08/17 Louise Love this, and the way it looks. Beats the pants off any of that Matrix crap. 4 stars
4/21/15 john de la vega superbly written, directed, actged. A class noir 5 stars
2/15/12 PAUL SHORTT STYLISH, SEXY AND FUN 4 stars
3/01/11 Captain Slog Jennifer Tilly sends shivers up me doobree 5 stars
1/24/10 pat conrad exciting wonderfu and enjoyable all the way through this movie 5 stars
7/26/09 the dork knight Thoughtful of them to put the sex scene right at the very beginning. Avoid the rest. 2 stars
12/04/08 FEMALE GAZE This film turns the male gaze on its head, a film embracing feminist film critique! 5 stars
1/22/08 658 BEST MOVIE EVER, MAN! 5 stars
1/13/07 Sepi53 what a film! Gina you are so hot!!! 5 stars
12/31/06 Monday Morning Suz, you're an idiot. This was a great, taut thriller worthy of Hitchcock. Lezzies=bonus! 5 stars
10/16/06 Suz Tilly's fingernails no lesbien would let her hands anywhere near her crotch, too fake. 1 stars
4/15/06 Steven Lewis Wachoskis's best film with smoking hot Gershon and Tilly. A great Film Noir for today! 5 stars
1/14/06 Jim Cesare isn't nearly as dumb as his wife thinks he is. 5 stars
10/11/05 Agent Sands F U C K I N G A W E S O M E ! ! ! ! ! ! P E R F E C T! ! ! ! ! ! ! 5 stars
9/18/05 m.noel great 4 stars
9/08/05 malcolm joey pants & hot lesbian sex. i'll take it. 4 stars
6/04/05 Hack-SAW GINA GERSHON & JENNIFER TILLY, what a team... Let there be "BOUND 2"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
3/11/05 The Sorrow I hope they re-release this absolutley and almost perfect film-noir at a gay martigra... 5 stars
11/18/04 tom Hottest sex scene I have ever seen, anywhere 5 stars
9/28/04 Archanist_101 DAMNIT! Hollywood should take a look at !Gina Gershon! & not Julia 'FUCKING' Roberts......! 5 stars
7/11/04 Vince Tense flick, healthy dose of violence, and great acting. 5 stars
5/27/04 KRISTEN ANN OLIVER A MUST SEE FOR ALL 5 stars
11/29/03 Bonnie "Fuckin' dark in here!" I guess you never know till you turn on the lights. 5 stars
9/15/02 Joe Zappa (I'm Back!) At 1 point, TOO violent, but it's really well-made. Hot dykes, too. 4 stars
2/28/02 Alan Smithee Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly getting it on with each other....need I say more?! 5 stars
12/30/01 Paco Stylish, tense thriller...Gina Gershon is hot, as always 5 stars
11/13/01 Celeste Gina Gershon absolutely rules, and this movie was great - really dark and witty! 5 stars
10/04/01 Phoenix Sexy, twist-filled, stylish entertainment. Excellent. 5 stars
7/04/01 Phil M. Afficianado Suspend reality/propriety and take a shockingly slick wild side ride bound to excite/please 5 stars
6/28/01 Frank The collagen rules. Which other two people could kiss and still remain at arm's length? 4 stars
6/26/01 Hugo Felix - Southern California Not a lesbo flick. Good drama with two hot women that meet and can't resist each other! 5 stars
5/02/01 GarboGirl Mesmorizing, great action, mafia played up better than the Godfather! 5 stars
2/18/01 Jake A satisfying film. Really gets the heart rate going. 4 stars
9/10/00 Bob Fugate Bound was to me both entertaining and sexy. It was quite different. 4 stars
6/16/00 The Graduate I dug it. Wachowski bros. Gina Gershon. Guns. Mafia. Hot lesbo action. 'nuff said. 4 stars
5/03/00 cort major the Wachowskis are wonderfull movie makers another good job. 4 stars
6/23/99 Chuck D. Sensational filmmaking from the Wachowski bros. ("Matrix"), simply great 5 stars
4/15/99 Jon Jackson Dope movie. Jennifer Tilly, boy that girl jiggles me the right way, amen! 5 stars
9/05/98 Badass KICK ASS! Vibrant entertainment. 5 stars
8/31/98 Mister Whoopee How can you not get into Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon getting it on together? Nifty! 4 stars
8/29/98 Johny Great camerawork, interesting plot. Kinda overshadowed by the lesbian angle in the press. 5 stars
8/26/98 Pete Bad flick. Butt Gina baby was lesboriffic. 2 stars
8/25/98 Miss Stress another movie about lesbians, wow, and jen tilly is fuckin annoying. 2 stars
8/24/98 The Capital City Goofball Gina Gershon is a lesb-icon. She's also coool. Fun enough flick. 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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