Directed by: Shawn Piller
Starring: Seth Green, Michelle Trachtenberg, Katee Sackhoff
Is there any lower form of drama than the single room with a table of characters just talking at each other, referencing earlier events without showing them? Sure, if this was a cheap off-Broadway stage show, that can be excused, but this is a fucking movie, people. Show, don’t tell. And certainly don’t tell when it’s just Seth Green being smug about how he’s apparently perfect.
A crazy woman invites three of her ex-lovers to a bar to meet her fiancee, but it turns out there’s a web of intrigue that they in no way allow to be intriguing, instead spelling it out every step of the way. You know, so you can see just how clever it is. Fuck you.
A fun thing to do when you see a movie like this that purports a character to have a brilliant and complex plan is to think about what you eventually learn is their goal, then work backward to see just how many steps they took that actually advance that goal. From my experience, it’s usually somewhere in the 5-15% necessary steps range, the rest of it being stupid bullshit that’s only there because it’s a movie, which means that it’s poorly written. Sexy Evil Genius is very poorly written.