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BAD INFLUENCE

title: BAD INFLUENCE
year: 1990
cast: James Spader, Rob Lowe, Lisa Zane, Marcia Cross, Christian Clemenson
rating: **1/2

Here we go again. A wimpy, passive guy who seems to have everything he wants, only he can't stand up for himself. Enter a confident drifter who turns his life around, and around and around. James Spader, breaking from his villainous yuppie template, is the nice guy. Rob Lowe, fresh from a real life late-eighties sex tape scandal, is the rogue helping Spader score a beautiful lady and progress in his job: but with a price. He can't shake Rob loose, and eventually is enveloped in a (very ironic) sex tape "scandal," a beating, and then a murder. The first half is Film Noiresque and builds nicely. The last half, as Lowe turns from dapper sociopath to full blown psycho, becomes your typical kill or be killed fare.
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