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Strangers: The Last Game

This first installment in a new adult dramatic trilogy set in Paris has some partial nudity, some kinky sex and some interesting-looking people. It has the dramatic value of a letter in the "Forum" section of Penthouse magazine.

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Cast: Linda Fiorentino, Francois Montagut, James Remar, John Edholm.

This first installment in a new adult dramatic trilogy set in Paris has some partial nudity, some kinky sex and some interesting-looking people. It has the dramatic value of a letter in the “Forum” section of Penthouse magazine.

A young American couple, played with understandably minimal involvement by Linda Fiorentino and James Remar, lure a young Parisian into a seductive game in which he gets left out in the cold, so to speak, while they indulge in some exhibitionist activity.

The Parisian, played by Francois Montagut, finds this, well, frustrating, and he sets up a sting operation of his own (this not being Penthouse, it is difficult to explain the intricacies with the bluntness exhibited in the program).

Ironically, this sordid recreation brings the couple closer together, and they decide to abandon profligacy and become dedicated, faithful spouses.

Viewers will find it impossible to care one way or the other. This story is even less nuanced than those in that banal old HBO potboiler series “The Hitchhiker.”

It is hard to imagine tripe such as this alleviating any of the recent public disenchantment with the premium movie services. This pseudo-sexual exploitation is enough to drive someone out of the house into the cleansing embrace of a PG film at the nearest multiplex.

Strangers: The Last Game

(Fri. (1), 12-12:30 a.m., HBO)

Production: Filmed in Paris by Chesler/Perlmutter Prods. in association with LeSabre Production. Exec. producers, Lewis Chesler, David M. Perlmutter, Bertrand Devort , Georges Campana; co-executive producer, Jeffrey Bricmont; producer, Jean-Claude Marchant; co-producers, Ed Redlich and Hank McCann; director, Daniel Vigne; writers, Ed Redlich, Sarah Timberman and Nevin Schreiner.

Crew: Camera, Robert Fraisse; editor, Thierry Simonet; art director, Hugues Tissandler; sound mixer, Eric Bonnard; music, Khalil Chahine.

Cast: Cast: Linda Fiorentino, Francois Montagut, James Remar, John Edholm.

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