Compulsion Movie Reviews
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Compulsion is the perfect name for this movie because everything about it seems to have sprung from the compulsive mind of an obsessive compulsive writer/director. The two women who are at odds in the film are neighbors, though why they should be so utterly antagonistic toward one another remains a mystery for most of the movie. Yeah, they have lived strange and bizarre lives, but really most of us have as well - and there's nothing in the film that really lends itself to explaining why these women are so obsessed with linking food and sensuality. Heather Graham does her best with the material she's given, though that's really not saying much. Carrie-Ann Moss and Joe Mantegna outperform their lines though that's probably because they're much better actors than Graham. This one's interesting in bits, but not terribly so. A 3/5.
I recall watching Heather Graham early in her career and thinking, wow, now there's a girl who can't act and whose career will fade as soon as her looks do. Well, she's improved as an actress, no doubt, but she still hasn't found that specific project that will help her break through the barrier of prettiness she's encased inside. This movie gets close to helping her broaden her horizons, but then it goes back to the old formula of pitting women against women and also reducing them to the sum total of their physical and sensory valuations. It's a cheeky comedy, at times great fun, but the narrative structure is pretty weak tea when it all comes to an end. I would be surprised if this movie played outside NY and LA since it seems to be made for the art house circuit . . . and yet it isn't even good enough to be taken on that circuit.