The In Crowd (2000) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
|Our kind of superbly crafted cinema
classic! The cast of unknowns is probably best known for
Dinner Theater in Bradenton, Florida, although certainly
not in any leads. I think one of the girls may have
sprayed on the gray hair once to play Aunt Eller in
Oklahoma! The guys all went to the Ryan Philippe school
of acting and hair design. The plot was probably
improvised from day to day. The direction is just
downright confusing and inept, with people occasionally
moving out of the shot. Not that it mattered, because
some shots were so dark you couldn't even tell which
actors were there, if any. Then when it got lighter, it
Unfortunately, it isn't big and bold comic opera bad like Habitat. Or even stupid bad like The Skulls. It's just boring, hard-to-see bad with a furniture commercial acting level, which is the least entertaining of all the bads. The only real addition it makes to the Bad Hall of Fame is the introduction of Evil Lip Gloss.
deal. In the beginning, sexy Adrien is released from a
mental hospital on the recommendation of her doctor. She
is given a probationary job at a country club summer
resort. The mental health board gives her four
conditions aren't that onerous, really. As long as she
can stay in Greater Podunk County, and clean, she can do
anything else. Pretend to be Regis Philbin, have oral sex
with barnyard animals, run a psychic hotline, go on a
murder spree, or even hang around with the rich kids who
go there for the summer. She immediately starts to hang
with the designated rich-bitch, who appears to have
adopted her based on her resemblance to her runaway older
sister. Prissy Rich-Bitch is allowed to invite a psycho
scullery maid into the in-crowd because Prissy looks like
a morph of Yasmine Bleeth and Tiffany-Amber Thiessen, and
the loony-bin scullery maid looks like a morph of
Christina Applegate and Madonna. So Loony Scullery Chick
gets invited to parties, gets drunk, takes drugs, and
leaves the county, but nobody catches her for a while.
Altogether too much time passes before some bodies start to appear. Unfortunately, it takes something like 50 minutes before we get any body count, so the first half is essentially a slasher flick without any slashing. The scariest thing is a breaker switch which is thrown as a prank. O-o-oh, pretty scary, eh kids? Arooooooo!
To get the idea, picture The Birds without any actual birds, just the suggestion that there may someday be birds, and maybe there's an occasional parakeet spotted out of the corner of your eye, or some ominous little "tweet-tweet" noises. Maybe there are some birds, or maybe it's just a cuckoo clock somewhere in the distance.
But that was still a lot better than the second half. At least I think so. The second half is so dark, I couldn't tell if anything was happening. Maybe it was some really fresh shit, and I just missed it.
I think there was something about how the runaway sister was really dead, and the surviving sister killed her, and is also killing other people, and would like to kill the loony girl as well, or at least frame the loony girl for her other murders. And the frame included a semen-stained dress, so maybe Clinton was supposed to be the real murderer.
|As a result of the
frame, and the fact that her lawyers weren't as good as
Clinton's, the loony girl ended up in the loony bin
again. She was supposed to have killed her psychiatrist.
Well, actually she was allowed to do that according to
the rules, but she also crossed the county line and had a
beer, and that's what blew it for her. If she had had the
good sense to drink mineral water and kill the guy in her
own county, she'd have been OK.
Eventually she managed to escape by saving her medication and dumping it in the coffee of her new female psychiatrist, waiting for the shrink to pass out during a long counseling session, and then walking out disguised as the shrink. All perfectly believable.
And then, master of disguise that she is, she impersonated the presumed-dead sister in order to get the murderous sister to reveal the grave site. As it turned out, the sister was buried under about an inch and a half of sand in a hazard on the golf course, therefore explaining why the assistant rich-bitch (killed earlier) would not play her ball out of that lie in an earlier scene. Even one decent divot would have revealed several stray body parts.
And then they got the main rich-bitch to betray all her crimes by leaving behind her custom-designed Evil Lip Gloss container.
In the final scene, Prissy Rich Bitch is in prison at last, but the jailer who brings her food slips her something else. What could it be, we wonder. No, NO. I think it's .... Evil Lip Gloss.
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