Red Letters (2000) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
|The bad news: they were not smart
enough to avoid casting Pauly Shore
The good news: they were smart enough not to mention it! He is uncredited.
sequence is marvelous. A stark naked coed sits on her
professor's desk, reading him erotic excerpts from his
As the scene progresses, we realize that he broke off an affair with him, she is using his own words to show him how hurt she is, and she intends to file a sexual harassment suit against him.
If only the rest of the movie had that level of imagination, eroticism, and poetry. As it stands, it's a movie that's good enough to sit through if it pops up late at night, but isn't good enough to go out of the way for.
|Mostly it's just another made-for-cable
thriller in which Peter Coyote, a noted Hawthorne scholar
(hence the title) with a weakness for young girls, finds
himself enmeshed deeper and deeper into criminal
activities beyond his depth. The plot requires plenty of
coincidences and incredible behavior.
Dismissed from one university in disgrace, Coyote gets enmeshed in the entire plot by reading the mail of the guy who used to live in his apartment (Pauly Shore). Seems that Pauly was corresponding with a woman in prison for murder (Kinski), and was going to help her with something, but changed his mind. Coyote writes the woman and offers to help her in any way he can.
Turns out that Kinski and her sister manipulate Coyote and his hacker friend (Jeremy Piven) into engineering a jailbreak. Piven finds it simple to hack the prison records and arrange for Kinski's release. Then Kinski manipulates Coyote some more, and the dramatic tension of the plot centers around this question - "is Kinski just a manipulative killer, or is she really telling the truth about her innocence?"
|One of the more
incredible plot twists involves the policeman who
captures Coyote for abetting Kinski's escape and for
conspiracy to commit another murder which Kinski
committed while she was out. (She says it was
self-defense). The detective just lets Coyote go, even
though all the news reports have declared him a killer,
on Coyote's promise that he'll turn himself in within two
days if he can't solve the crime!
Of course wimpy English teacher Coyote has as much chance of catching hardened criminals as his Uncle Wily has of catching that roadrunner, but he beats the odds, as I'm sure you have guessed.
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