THE CRUSH REVIEWED
“The Crush” is one of those R-rated flicks that everyone tried to sneak in to watch during middle school. I had to wait until home video to see Alicia Silverstone use a poorly discarded Cary Elwes seeded condom as a plot device. While it’s a fun thriller about a young girl stalking an older bachelor, so much of the material feels awful now. What is it about the Lolita mystique and the desire to ape it? A lot of it has to do with what happened to the film’s screenwriter/director and the then-current Amy Fisher case.
Alan Shapiro is noted for having been inspired to create the film after living the events in his real life. The new commentary with Shapiro covers the broad strokes, but I’d love to know more about what happened. In relation to Amy Fisher, this was one of the first movies to arrive after the Long Island Lolita case. The notion that young teenage girls/women could be sexual predators was a new concept. Watching as sexuality and aggression changed in the 1990s, this film feels like a bizarre look into the future. Solid work all around, but it might be harder to watch for younger viewers.
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 06/21/16
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The Plot Thus Far
A man who should know better. A much younger teenager. No way should there be any kind of romance between them. Yet from the moment 14-year-old Adrian met Nick, she was crazy about him. There must be something she can say or do. Some way she can show him this is not just a crush. What can she do? What won’t she do?
Romantic obsession has harrowing consequences in The Crush, a suspense thriller starring Cary Elwes (Saw, The Princess Bride), Jennifer Rubin (Bad Dreams, Screamers) and Alicia Silverstone (Clueless, The Babysitter) in her breakthrough role. Elwes plays Nick, at first flattered by Adrian’s flirtation, then gripped with outright fear. Because what Adrian wants, Adrian gets. If she can’t have her Mr. Right, no one can.