Another Nine & a Half Weeks (1997)
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the section "What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?" and I have always vowed to watch it one day. Well I watched it and quiet honestly wish I hadn't because not only does it suffer from a week storyline but then suffers even more by trying to capture the intrigue and eroticism of the original "Nine & a Half Weeks" but only coming across as a dated copy. Now having said that I will say that I have watched worst and in my opinion it doesn't deserve to be a regular contender in the worst 100 movie list on imdb although it is bad.
Time has moved on for John Gray (Mickey Rourke - Angel Heart) and so has Elizabeth having left him a shattered man unable to physically and emotionally move on despite trying. In his attempts to track her down he arrives in Paris where he meets Lea Calot (Angie Everhart - The Cradle Will Fall), a fashion designer and a friend of Elizabeth's who he hopes will help him find her. But Lea has other plans having learned all about the erotic games he use to play and now plans to have that same sexual adventure with him.
Let me just say that "Another Nine & a Half Weeks" or "Love in Paris" as it is also known is a movie which had potential. Here we have a story of a sexual predator who is emotionally damaged by the abandonment of the women he loves, feeling suicidal and unable to get satisfaction sexually. And then we have Lea, a sexy, domineering woman who knows all about John's erotic past and plans on toying with him in the same way he did with Elizabeth as she seeks the same erotic excitement. Unfortunately with the exception of a bit of a twist nothing really interesting happens between them.
The reason why nothing interesting happens is that director Anne Goursaud tries to imitate Adrian Lyne's artsy styling of the original movie and only ever comes across as weak in comparison. It tries too hard to recreate various iconic scenes from the alley sex scene to the use of petals to imitate the food foreplay scene. It doesn't even push the boundaries of risque-ness as so much of the movie holds back, teasing but always disappointing for those watching in hope of an erotic fix.
As for the acting well I suppose technically Mickey Rourke delivers his character as John is a damaged soul but it makes for a dull character and Rourke in truth seems stiff, the only thing which is in this limp movie. As for Angie Everhart as Lea, well there is no denying that Everhart is attractive but that is all there is about the character. And I could go on because there is not one decent performance in the entire movie with even Steven Berkoff camping it up as Lea's business partner.
What this all boils down to is that "Another Nine & a Half Weeks" could have been good, it has a good basic idea but what it does with it is simply poor. It fails to capture the magic of what made the original special and in trying to be similar ends up a poor copy.
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