Boxing Helena (1993)
Critic Consensus: A disturbing concept marred by graceless execution, Boxing Helena is a psychosexual drama that proves more tedious than provocative.
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as Marion Cavanaugh
as Sam the Clerk
as Nurse Diane
as Uncle Charlie
as Flower Shop Girl
as Flashback Party Woman #1
as Flashback Party Woman #2
as Young Nick Cavanaugh
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Critic Reviews for Boxing Helena
Both the beauty and her beastly pursuer remain too blankly generic for the implications of the movie's main metaphor to come through vividly.
'Boxing Helena'' is a bad film - with terrible acting, cliched dialogue, a silly script, pedestrian camera work and inferior direction.
It's probably just as well that last-minute dropouts Kim Basinger or Madonna didn't take the title role, as the presence of a star lurking powerlessly on the little platform no doubt would have been distracting and more laughable than it [is] now.
Fairly provocative and not nearly as bad as critics claimed when it was released, but still intellectually half-baked.
Audience Reviews for Boxing Helena
Okay, I know this film is horrible and I really, really need to defend myself on this one. Firs off, no. I did not like it because of its campiness (it helped, yes, but it was not the main reason that attracted me to it). I genuinely enjoyed it. Sure, the film is the kind of weird shit you avoid on a regular basis with NBC's soap operas and Julian Sands deserves the Razzie award of the century for his terrible, off-putting performance. But, and this is a great but, it still remains a Sherilyn Fenn vehicle. I mean, even though she has to sink deep down with the material, Fenn still gives a compelling and convincing performance as the titular character; Fenn has so many intriguing qualities to herself, with her beautiful face, sexy voice and the stunning way she could freeze any man with her stare. I mean, she was freaking Audrey Horne and she is definitely one of the most amazingly talented and criminally underrated actresses ever! I love this movie because it at least gives me the opportunity to see her, hear her and be in awe by her. And, surprisingly, I was not bored; the film just goes by without dragging or anything.
Strange story of obsession, domination and sexual inadequacy as well as writer-director Jennifer Chambers Lynch shoots for the same hypererotic feel that marks the films of her father, David Lynch.
Tepid tale of warped obsession plays out like half-assed DePalma fare.
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