In 1998 a little Dark Comedy came out called Very Bad Things. It boasted a stellar cast consisting of Christian Slater, Cameron Diaz, John Favreau, Daniel Stern, Jeremy Piven and more. It came and went fast, flopping heavily in theaters but over time it has gained a pretty large cult following. Its offensive, wrong, vulgar, and downright hilarious if you can appreciate what director Peter Berg was going for. I was one of the films biggest fans when it came out and I still love it to this day.
Very Bad Things is about a group of guys who head out for a bachelor party in Las Vegas. Kyle Fisher (Favreau) is getting married to his dream girl Laura (Diaz) and wants one great night of debauchery before he takes the plunge. He invites Robert (Slater), Charles (Leland Orser), and Adam and Michael Berkow (Stern, and Piven) to help him go out with a bang. When they get there Michael pay on of the hookers to have sex with him in the bathroom. Problem is during the deed she hits her head and dies. As the guys a freaking out a security guard comes up to see what all the noise is. Robert freaks out at this and stabs the guy to death. So being what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas Richard talks the guys into cutting up the bodies and burying them in the desert.
No they get away with this, but there’s one problem. The entire group are paranoid. But in different ways. Robert is paranoid someone will crack and frame him. Adam feels bad, and actually already has written a confession. Michael is worried Adam will talk to the cops. And Kyle just hates the whole situation and eventually cracks and tells his fiancée Laura (Diaz) about the entire thing. She freaks out, but not because they killed some people, but because she wants her dream wedding to happen without any problems. What follows is a comedy, albeit a dark one, of errors in which people start getting murdered by their friends and loved ones.
Everyone in this movie is a scum bag plain and simple. I mean sure some of them are funny, hell I was downright rooting for Slater, but they are all creeps. No one is slightly sympathetic or for that matter likable. And to me that’s what makes this so funny. I mean there have been films where there’s one or two guys who are the bad seed in a group, but this time its all of them. Even Diaz as the woman dreaming about her wedding is total scum. And I love it. I mean why does there always have to be a good guy, or a voice of reason? Does every movie need a happy ending? No and this solidifies it. It doesn’t start and or end well, and that’s what makes it so good.
Shout Factory under their Shout Select Banner, which is growing in leaps and bounds is releasing this on Blu-ray and it’s a great transfer. Shout Factory has these transfers down to a science at this point so to say it looks and sounds great should come as no surprise. The audio and video are great. The films boasts a pretty good soundtrack that sounds great blasting through your surround sound. Its even got a nice amount of special features.
NEW Audio Commentary With Film Critics Witney Seibold And William Bibbiani, Hosts Of The Podcast Critically Acclaimed
NEW Interview With Actor Jeremy Piven
NEW Interview With Actor Daniel Stern
Although definitely not a film for everyone its defiantly a film to see. Like I said there really is no good guy or bad guy in this film, they are all very bad people doing very bad things. If you like dark humor this is a must see. I highly recommend it
Overall 4out of 5 Stars!