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->''"You're not anybody in America unless you're on TV. On TV is where we learn about who we really are. Because what's the point of doing anything worthwhile if nobody's watching? And if people are watching, it makes you a better person."''
-->-- '''Suzanne Stone Maretto'''
''To Die For'' is a 1995 BlackComedy directed by Gus Van Sant. The film is an incredibly dark satire on celebrity obsession. Creator/NicoleKidman plays Suzanne Stone Maretto, a beautiful and ruthlessly ambitious (if not particularly talented or overly bright) young woman desperate to become a world famous news anchor, even if she has to commit murder along the way.
Though not a box office success the film was praised by critics and has become a minor CultClassic. It earned $21,284,514 in the United States market, the 77th most successful film of its year. Kidman earned her first Golden Globe for her role and many fans still rank it with some of her best work (and certainly her best comedy).
The film also starred Matt Dillon, and the then unknown Creator/JoaquinPhoenix in one of his first major roles.
!!This film provides examples of:
* AmbitionIsEvil: Suzanne's manaical desire to make it in TV leads her to murder.
* BlackComedy: The entire plot is played for ''very'' dark laughs with Suzanne's ruthless personal ambition contrasting with her own vapidity and the shallowness of her goals.
* BlondesAreEvil: Suzanne is both blonde and evil.
* BouquetToss: Subverted when bridesmaids Janice and Suzanne's sister deliberately ignore Suzanne's tossed bouquet.
* BrainlessBeauty: Suzanne is gorgeous (and willing to use her looks to manipulate others) but at the very least extremely BookDumb if not outright stupid.
* TheCameo: Creator/DavidCronenberg as a Mafia hitman.
* CastingCouch: Its strongly implied that Suzanne has sex with a man on her honeymoon because she believes he can help her career. He doesn't.
* TheDitz (Most characters actually. Suzanne would be TheDitz in any other movie but next to Larry and Jimmy...)
* DumbBlonde: As noted under BrainlessBeauty the blonde Suzanne is a bit of an airhead.
* Fainting: Janice faints.
* FauxlosophicNarration: Suzanne - played for laughs.
* HotScoop: Suzanne is indeed a sexy TV news reporter.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Subverted. The cops gain evidence on Suzanne via Lydia wearing a wire but her lawyer gets it declared inadmissible in court because it was acquired through entrapment. ''Then'' the acquitted Suzanne goes too far painting Larry as a drug addict which causes his father-in-law to order a hit on her.]]
* KickTheDog: Averted [[spoiler: although it didn't look good for Waldo when the hitman took him and Suzanne for a ride.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: Psychologists agree that Suzanne is eligible for a diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder.
** Playing "All By Myself" at her husband's funeral was a poor choice.
* TheMafia (Played with: Suzanne's father's fears that her Italian-American husband comes from a Mafia family are intended to come across as ridiculous and borderline racist. [[spoiler: turns out they ''are'' a Mafia family but they only react when ''Suzanne'' has a man killed, and then the only person they hurt is Suzanne herself in revenge.]])
* NiceGuy: Larry is a very nice guy.
* PlayingAgainstType: Creator/NicoleKidman as a sociopathic airhead.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Joaquin Phoenix and Casey Affleck in his first big role.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Suzanne thinks she's something special.
* StepfordSmiler: Rarely are Suzanne's smiles real.
* TheStinger: Janice figure skates triumphantly [[spoiler: over Suzanne's icy grave]] as "Season of the Witch" plays.
* SympatheticMurderer: Suzanne is convinced she's one. The reality is otherwise.
* TheUnfairSex: Averted with the heartless character of Suzanne.
* TheUnfavorite: Suzanne appears to get a lot more attention from her father than her sister does.
* TheVamp: Played with; Suzanne has the ruthlessness and the looks but lacks the brains to pull it off properly -- her 'seduction' and 'manipulation' are hilariously ham-fisted and obvious. Luckily her targets are even dumber than she is.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory (Was inspired by the real-life [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pamela_Smart Pamela Smart]] case)
* VillainProtagonist: Suzanne, a heartless murderess is the protagonist (and narrator.)