A remake in name only of his first feature, made 32 years earlier, Roger Vadim’s new film is considerably more legitimate dramatically than one might expect.
Vadim tells a modestly involving tale about how a woman with two strikes against her gives herself a shot at life through a combination of sex, imagination, energy and plenty of scheming.
Attention-grabbing opening has inmate Rebecca DeMornay escaping from prison and hitching a ride in a limo belonging to New Mexico gubernatorial candidate Frank Langella, only to be desposited right back where she came from.
In the picture’s hottest scene, she then gets it on with carpenter Vincent Spano and wins early parole by convincing this earnest young single father to marry her. DeMornay lays a major surprise on her husband when she announces that their marriage contract does not include sex.
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DeMornay throws herself deeply into the part as a life-long loser determined to win at all costs. Spano’s macho exterior is nicely modified as the story progresses with considerable emotional shading, and Langella is just right as the politico who is most intrigued by DeMornay but knows he could get burned by her.