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Outrage (1998)
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by Scott Weinberg

"Rob Lowe takes on the neighborhood juvenile delinquints...slowly."
1 stars

I was really having a surprisingly good time with this cable flick…for about 9 minutes. Then my mind started to wander.

Why would someone cast the still painfully pretty Rob Lowe in a low-key sadsack role generally belonging to William H. Macy? Who’s idea was it for the villains to be a trio of prissy prep school boys? And why is it necessary for every single character onscreen to be so amazingly DUMB? Taken as a whole lot of painfully earnest hoo-hah, Outrage could be a lot of fun. If what you’re looking for is a tight and suspenseful thriller, pick up any other movie at random.

Lowe plays sheepish New Yorker Tom Casey, a quiet nebbish who one night reports a trio of potential car thieves. Through a series of contrivances too ridiculous to detail, the movie soon has Rob Lowe fending off three of the most hateful teenage punks ever to grace a silly cable movie. As revenge for Lowe’s accusation, ringleader Jeffrey spearheads all sorts of bizarre revenge; he poses as a locksmith to leer at Mrs. Casey (the vacant Jennifer Grey), he wreaks havoc with Tom’s credit rating and professional reputation…

Heck, if I told you the flick ends up with three affluent teens kidnapping a woman in broad daylight solely to give spark to unbridled domestic rage…well, you’d probably be more bored than incredulous. Me? I was giggling unreservedly. And this is no comedy. One could say that the film does effectively present some truly hateful villains, but I’d wager it’s fairly easy to paint such broad brush strokes without much effort.

Part of me was internally cheering as Casey finally takes to the street with a handgun - partially because the evil little teenage bastard deserves a good asswhupping, but mainly because I knew that this hysterical little turkey was about to draw to a close. If you happen to catch Outrage one night on cable TV, tune in for about ten minutes.

If you don’t find yourself giggling at the campy seriousness of it all, wait another five; it gets sillier as it goes.

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originally posted: 05/02/04 17:57:46
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4/01/08 doggie This movie is really good but i've seen better movies 4 stars
6/06/04 tootsie moskovitz boringly lousy 2 stars
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