Wild ThingsMarch 20, 1998
A high school guidance counselor is framed for raping two of his students…or is he?
Release Year: 1998
Rating: 6.6/10 (51,731 voted)
Critic's Score: 52/100
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell
In south Florida, a high school counselor is accused of rape by a manipulative rich girl and her trailer trash classmate. The cop on the case begins to suspect a conspiracy and dives into an elaborate and devious web of greed and betrayal to find the truth.
Sandra Van Ryan
Kelly Van Ryan
Toi Svane Stepp
(as Toi Svane)
Be wild. Be wicked. Beware.
Release Date: 20 March 1998
Filming Locations: Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park – 1200 S. Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne, Florida, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $9,622,444
(22 March 1998)
(28 June 1998)
Did You Know?
The bar where Matt Dillon's character meets Kevin Bacon's character is called "Smiling Jack's Fishing Club". In the movie
A Few Good Men, Cruise's character addresses Bacon's character as "Smiling Jack Ross."
Sam writes the words "Sex Crimes" on the chalkboard, but the next shot has it written in smaller letters. The number of underlines also changes. Actually there are four different layouts of this text between cuts.
Kelly Van Ryan:
A Little Something for Everyone.
Wow. "Wild Things" is one of those trash masterpieces that is just so
clever, so hot and so fun that it becomes one of the most interesting and
under-rated films of the 1990s. The rich Denise Richards and the very poor
Neve Campbell each accuse high school teacher Matt Dillon of rape, but there
is something that is not quite right. Enter detectives Kevin Bacon and
Daphne Rubin-Vega. They both doubt that the case is as simple as it seems.
Boy are they right. The investigation leads to court where it is made clear
by Dillon's attorney (Bill Murray) that the case lacks any real evidence to
convict Dillon to prosecutor Robert Wagner's despair. The whole thing was a
fabrication to get to Richards' mother's riches (Theresa Russell). But of
course this is just the start and there will be double-, triple- and even
quadruple-crossing and it is skewered who are good and who are evil or is
anyone good? A brilliant screenplay by Stephen Peters and Alfred
Hitchcock-styled direction by John McNaughton makes "Wild Things" a trashy,
but highly impressive cinematic winner. 4 stars out of 5.