Release Date:  February 27, 2004

Rating:  R (for violence, language and sexuality)

Genre:  Drama

Director:  Philip Kaufman

Actors:  Ashley Judd, Samuel L. Jackson, Andy Garcia, David Strathairn, Russell Wong, Mark Pellegrino

Review:  Quick! Anybody out there want to be a screenwriter? Well now’s your big chance. Because judging from this film, Hollywood is in desperate need of a few.

Jessica Shepard (Ashley Judd) has just been promoted from police officer to homicide inspector for the San Francisco Police Department. Assigned to a serial murder case, she is shocked to discover that all of the male victims were her recent sex partners. This is because, in her spare time, Jessica goes to dives and picks up creepy-looking guys, has rough sex with them, then dumps them. She also has one-night-stands with fellow police officers and district attorneys – you name it. And, her new partner, Mike Delmarco (Andy Garcia) has the hots for her, too.

Why, it’s hard to say. Although Jessica is cute – in a Mariska Hargitay (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) look-alike way – she drinks herself into a stupor every night. She misses work every morning while struggling to wake up from her alcohol-induced coma, yet never wonders why she can’t remember anything from the night before. As if that isn’t enough to get her kicked off a new job (which never happens), she’s also violent. Jessica kicks a handcuffed felon in the face (in a ridiculously absurd opening scene), viciously breaks the nose of an ex-lover and karate-kicks a colleague when he wonders aloud how many victims she slept with. Meanwhile, Jessica tries to convince her assigned police shrink that she is the “perfect picture of mental health.”


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