If you're like me, you will have watched the movie "Dangerous Liaisons" as many times as possible before finally sitting down to watch the TV series "Serious Movies." I have to admit that at first, the movie's title seemed quite hilarious because the lead character, Billy Hunter (Jon Lovitz), is constantly told he's part of a dangerous lie. His mother and father seem to constantly tell him this, and he has a very hard time figuring out where he fits in. In spite of his reluctance to believe them, he eventually realizes that he is a part of the dangerous lie, and he ends up committing some real harm to himself and his friends.
In the meantime, there is the beautiful female bartender who is also part of the dangerous lie. She is incredibly seductive and looks great in a swimsuit that would win any man over in a jiffy. As a matter of fact, she was the inspiration for the character a.k.a. "Pretty Person."
The film opens with Billy trying to sneak into a bar without her being able to recognize him. He asks his friend, Roy (Ben Kingsley), to let him in so he can see someone. Roy says he doesn't want to allow Billy into the bar because of some noise he is making that Roy thinks might be "pounding on the door." Later, Billy finds out what "the bang" is after he runs into a guy with some problems and Billy goes to help him.
The way I always picture "Pretty Person" is in a scene like this. Billy is talking to a girl on the phone when he bumps into an old flame and begins to hear a voice say, "That'll hurt your nuts." He puts her phone on speaker so he can hear the conversation and then the voice says, "Take it off. You don't want to hear it again."
At the end of the movie, Billy returns home to find that his best friend Roy (also played by Ben Kingsley) has been looking through his old files and found a transcript of a conversation between Pretty Person and "The Bang." The transcript was written on some paper and the transcript read, "That'll hurt your nuts, huh? That'll hurt your nuts, huh?"
The movie is based on a true story and really brings it to life for the audience, although some might say it lacks the drama of other real-life events such as the Monica Lewinsky scandal. However, I think most of us have already seen Pretty Woman.
The character is also an example of what happens when all the people involved in a TV show have a common goal, whether it is to promote a political or cultural cause, or to use the media to fight another battle. In addition, in spite of the obvious dangers of the subject matter, the movie was a huge success and is still going strong with a whopping 42 million viewers as of this writing.
While I can't say that the movie did anything for me personally, I do feel it has something to say about the industry of Television and how it can affect people. In addition, it also exposes the hypocrisy of society because of the political and cultural wars of the time. Personally, I feel that Dangerous Lies did nothing but bring out my inner drama queen, although there is one warning for others who want to go see the movie... there's a violent scene where a guy gets his head smashed in by a golf club!