Bad Influence (1990)

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Despite having some decent talent on board for this film, it remains silly throughout. Screenwriter David Koepp can’t seem to drum up any rhyme or reason to the increasingly bad influence that Rob Lowe’s character keeps inflicting up on James Spader. Lowe seems to have drawn his humorous role in Wayne’s World from the same shallow character he plays in this limp thriller. Spader provides some humor with his awkward mannerisms, but his transformation to the dark side and back isn’t very plausible and takes way too long. Director Curtis Hanson and cinematographer Robert Elswit light up some interesting yuppie set pieces in the dark condos and industrial bars they decorate throughout the film, but there’s not enough motivation in the script to pull any of these scenes together.

Bad Influence is a 1990 American film starring Rob Lowe and James Spader. In this noirish film, Spader plays a yuppie who meets a mysterious stranger (Lowe) who encourages him to explore his darker side. Bad Influence was the first original screenplay for which David Koepp received a sole screenplay credit. The film's villain is loosely based on a real person, a nomadic surfer who befriended executive producer Morrie Eisenman.

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