The clunky computers. The overwrought synth-rock. The shoulder pads and big hair. The fiercely photogenic Brat Pack.
Gotta love the ’80s, which Bad Influence represents, though the indie film was released in early 1990.
As a suspense-thriller, the film is darkly entertaining and not without humor — starting with its absurdly simplistic and understated title.
Bad Influence? That’s like calling Saving Private Ryan “Unpleasantness at the Beach.”
Making its Blu-ray debut May 24, Bad Influence top-bills Rob Lowe as Alex, a strange stranger who insinuates himself into the life of bookish, meek and up-tight L.A. financial whiz Michael (James Spader). Alex does this as sort of a Robin Hood for hell-raising, giving Michael’s life jolts via reckless good times.
The sudden friends soon become enemies, as sociopath Lowe’s cruelly twisted intentions become apparent.
You don’t wreck a guy’s engagement to an overly controlling woman by surprisingly showing video of him having sex with another chick at the big anniversary party of his henpecking fiancee’s parents. You just don’t — unless you are a Troublemaker with a capital T, right here in River City.