Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Hush (1998)

Moderately Trashy
Ranking: No

Watched Persepolis the other day, but somehow I thought reviewing it on this blog would degrade it in some way, so instead I decided to do this crappy ass thriller instead. It's much more within my territory.

About a pregnant woman (Gwyneth Paltrow) who is harassed by her psychotic mother in law (Jessica Lange). I started wondering how come it's always the psychotic mother in law? How come there's never anything where the daughter in law goes apeshit? Apart from the obvious reasons...

Anyway, I was actually kind of offended that Gwyneth Paltrow was in this film. Yeah, she's in a lot of crap (Shallow Hal), but it bugs me every time. And dammit, she was annoying and whiny in this. Still, she did kick a little bit of ass towards the end.

I can't really think of anything in particular to write about this movie. There was absolutely nothing special about it. It was bad, but not unbearably bad. Stupid, but not memorably stupid.

It was just kind of... icky. I mean, it's about pregnant lady and all. That shit's just gross, man. Ultrasounds and crap like that. Fuck. And then there's all that whimpering and whining.

And mounds and mounds of sleaze. The guy she was married to, the son there, Johnathon Schaech or whatever the hell his name was, he was really sleazy. Grossed me out.

I dunno, it was just not particularly thrilling. The characters weren't interesting enough for there to be a sense of danger, the plot wasn't good enough for there to be any suspense. The only surprise from the whole movie was, as far as I remember, nobody gets killed. I kept going, oh, she's going to die, and then she didn't which was very confusing for me.

And Jessica Lange, man. She looked about five years older than the guy who was supposed to be her son (in realty, there are 20 years between them, but still). That really weirded me out.

Meh. Not worth going out of your way to watch, although I didn't feel particularly cheated by it. Perhaps because it was knocked out of my mind by The Passion of Darkly Noon (which I will get to, all in good time). I watched that on Scream right after this one... ah well, whatever.


Directed by: Jonathan Darby. Written by: Jonathan Darby & Jane Rusconi. Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange, Johnathon Schaech, Nina Foch, Debi Mazar, Kaiulani Lee, Hal Holbrook

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