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"Reese Witherspoon who plays role of Nicole is a 16 year old girl who like most teenage girls, likes to have fun. When she and her best friend, Margo, go out to a party one night, Nicole meets the handsome and mysterious David played by Mark Wahlberg, who she ends up getting together with. After a couple of weeks, Nicole realises that David is becoming really possessive and he gets very jealous when she talks to other guys and not telling him where she's going, etc. David even beats up one of Nicole's male friends because he's seen walking Nicole home. When Nicole ends up breaking up with David, he's obviously not happy about this and does everything to try and get her back, when that doesn't work, he and a bunch of his thug friends break into Nicoles home, which leaves to some nasty consequences."

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Review Date: 13 January 2004 My Rating: out of 5


Mark Wahlberg honed his acting chops before that appearance in 'Boogie Nights' with this little thriller that surprisingly seemed to escape a lot of people's attention on release, but has since gained quite a cult following among teens, as well as fans of Reese Witherspoon and Mark Wahlberg, eager to see the infamous orgasm on a roller coaster scene.

When 16 year old Nicole Walker meets David, he seems a little too perfect. Offering her the care and attention she craves from her 'Daddy' she falls head over heels in love with him. Unfortunately for Nicole his bad points far outweigh his good points.

The film is basically a teen version of 'Fatal Attraction' obviously dreamt up to make girls think twice about going all the way. Despite a great cast it feels terribly like a TV movie of the week.

Reese Witherspoon has to be admired for her choice of roles, as she has consistently turned down most of the roles her acting peers went on to tackle, in a bid to ensure that she would be taken seriously and it has so far paid off, but I was shocked to see her play such a little slut!!

Mark Wahlberg does well as a psycho but had this annoying technique of using his voice far too much to convey emotion, a little more subtlety would have been welcome.

Alyssa Milano was a 'dirrty ho' and Reese Witherspoon's Nicole was pretty stupid in some respects, but the film is still quite good.

The film is most successful when we finally get to the 'Straw Dogs' homage and the cast are given some real work to do.

If you haven't seen this you should check it out, it won't win any Oscars but it's a decent enough effort from a cast and crew that have all gone on to great success.

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