OBSESSED

A Woman Scorned

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Release Date: April 24, 2009

Starring: Beyonce Knowles, Idris Alba, Ali Larter, Jerry O’Connell, Bonnie Perlman, and Christine Lahti

Genre: Drama

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 105 minutes

Address Comments To:

Michael Lynton, Chairman/CEO
Amy Pascal, Chairman - Motion Picture Group
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Screen Gems
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Culver City, CA 90232-3195
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Content:

(BB, LLL, VV, S, N, AA, DD, M) Strong moral worldview with the importance of marriage and fidelity underscored; 17 obscenities, four strong profanities and 10 light profanities; strong violence includes extensive fight scene between two women and one character falls and dies; sexual content includes references, implied married sex and constant unsuccessful attempts by woman to seduce married man; woman in lingerie and female cleavage, plus upper male nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness; tranquilizer used to nock out man; and, lust, pressure to commit adultery, kidnapping.

Summary:

OBSESSED is a story of a woman intent on breaking up the marriage of her co-worker. The movie contains a very strong moral message underscoring the importance of marriage, but it’s mixed with lots of foul language and attempts at seduction.

Review:

OBSESSED features a loving family who move into their new house and begin to live the American dream. Derek and his wife Sharon are a loving, committed couple who have a very honest marriage. At Derek’s office, a temporary secretary, Lisa, begins to make sexual advances. Although Derek rejects every advance, he doesn’t tell his wife about it.

Lisa, the temp, is emotionally disturbed. She believes that Derek is hers and will do whatever she can to steal Derek away. With every rejection, Lisa doubles her efforts, continuing to put Derek in situations making it harder and harder to resist her advances.

Meanwhile, wife Sharon begins to suspect something is wrong, and for the first time, doubts her husband’s faithfulness. As the stakes rise, Sharon confronts Lisa and it turns into a physical fighting match over Derek. Sharon becomes the movie’s heroine as her commitment to not consider divorce strengthens her resolve to make the marriage work.

OBSESSED is a well made, thrilling drama that twists and turns as viewers get deeper into the mind of the temptress, Lisa. There are excellent performances by Idris Alba as Derek and Ali Larter as Lisa. The emotion is carried by their acting ability. Beyonce as Sharon struggles somewhat in her role, however.

OBSESSED underscores the importance of marriage and fidelity in marriage. Derek, though perhaps unwise at times, is committed to his wife and struggles to fend off the advances by Lisa. This is a not-so-common message to come out of Hollywood.

There is, however, plenty of foul language and a constant theme of seduction, which warrant extreme caution on the part of viewers.

In Brief:

In OBSESSED, Derek and Sharon are a loving couple who have a very honest marriage. At Derek’s office, a temporary secretary, Lisa, begins to make sexual advances on Derek. Although he rejects every advance, he doesn’t tell his wife. Lisa, the temp, is emotionally disturbed. She believes that Derek is hers and will do whatever she can to steal Derek away. With every rejection, Lisa doubles her efforts, continuing to put Derek in situations making it harder and harder to resist her advances. Meanwhile, wife Sharon begins to suspect something, and for the first time, doubts her husband’s faithfulness. As the stakes rise, Sharon eventually has to confront Lisa to save her marriage.

OBSESSED is a well made, thrilling drama that twists and turns as viewers get deeper into the mind of the temptress, Lisa. There are excellent performances by Idris Alba as Derek and Ali Larter as Lisa. The emotions of the piece are carried by their acting ability. Beyonce as Sharon struggles somewhat in her role, however. OBSESSED underscores the importance of marriage and fidelity in marriage, but contains lots of foul language and a constant theme of seduction.