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Movie Review: Obsessed 

The film itself is an example of how a flimsy plot can be sustained by the stupidity of the characters.

Obsessed's tagline should be "Idris Elba is surrounded by frickin' idiots!" because the film itself is an example of how a flimsy plot can be sustained by the stupidity of the characters.

Lisa (Ali Larter) materializes in Derek's (Elba) office---a financial firm, as written by someone who knows nothing about financial firms---and sexually harasses him in increasingly violating ways with no rhyme or reason. At least Alex Forrest claimed she was "36 and it may be my last chance to have a baby!" Even if the over-the-top stalker behaviour of both characters is hard to swallow, Obsessed makes Fatal Attraction look like the high watermark for depth of characterization.

Despite the obvious comparison to Fatal Attraction, Obsessed is surprisingly vanilla. No one uses or carries out the F-word. At one point, the final confrontation between Lisa and Derek's wife (Beyoncé Knowles) solicited spontaneous applause and cheers from the Park Lane crowd. However, it wasn't not enough to redeem the rest of the film.

Rated PG-13 (MPAA) · 105 min. · 2009
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Director: Steve Shill
Writer: David Loughery
Producer: William Packer
Cast: Idris Elba, Ali Larter, Beyoncé Knowles, Bruce McGill, Jerry O'Connell and Christine Lahti


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