The Crush is a by-the-numbers thriller longer on suspense than brains.
Cary Elwes plays a writer who moves into the guest house of a wealthy couple and befriends their beautiful, precocious 14-year-old daughter, Darian (Alicia Silverstone), who starts out cute and coquettish and ends up reminiscent of a similarly named youth from The Omen.
Nick (Elwes) gives in to a momentary indiscretion and kisses the girl, then watches her grow gradually more obsessed, until she starts venting her wrath on him, a co-worker (Jennifer Rubin) and a teenage friend (Amber Benson) who may know too much.
Writer-director Alan Shapiro (making his feature debut after directing several movies for the Disney Channel) goes for the usual overwrought ending.
Elwes has a certain boyish charm as Nick but is so relentlessly dense he doesn’t engender much sympathy. Silverstone brings the right mix of little-girl pouting and budding sensuality to a role that is, finally, a caricature.