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'''''Wild Things''''' is a 1998 erotic thriller film directed by John [=McNaughton=] and starring Matt Dillon, Creator/KevinBacon, Denise Richards, Neve Campbell and Creator/BillMurray. In some countries the film was released as ''Sex Crimes''.

The film starts with Sam Lombardo (Dillon), a high school guidance counselor in Blue Bay, Florida, being accused of rape by Kelly Van Ryan (Richards), one of his students. Ray Duquette (Bacon) and his partner are assigned to the case. The charges appear to be unsubstantiated until Suzie Toller (Campbell) comes forward and says Lombardo raped her too. Lombardo hires low-rent lawyer Ken Bowden (Murray) to represent him and seems sunk until Suzie admits she and Kelly made up the charges to get revenge on Lombardo for past wrongs. Sam is awarded 8.5 million dollars in a settlement with Kelly's mother and suddenly everyone wants a piece. The movie devolves into [[GambitPileUp a scheme of epic porportions]].

There were three Direct-To-Video sequels, which largely followed the same basic plot as the original, though the sex scenes were racier.

'''Because this movie massively depends on a wide assortment of unexpected plot twists, many of the examples are spoiler-tagged. Highlight at your own risk.'''

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!This movie contains examples of:

* AllMenArePerverts:
** Zig-zagged to all hell with [[spoiler:Sam Lombardo]].
** Averted with [[spoiler:Ray, whose only motivations during the entire thing are greed and sadism, never lust]].
* BeneathTheMask: A major theme of the film. Sam appears to be an honest, upstanding educator, but he's really a [[spoiler:sleazy, exploitative pervert.]] Kelly appears to be an all-American teenage girl next door, but she's actually [[spoiler:an angry, sexually confused cokehead who hates her family.]] Ray appears to be an honest if overzealous cop, but he's actually a [[spoiler:DirtyCop who enjoys prostitutes and is quite willing to murder anyone who pisses him off.]] Suzie appears to be a white-trash loser, but she's actually a [[spoiler:brilliantly calculating [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] who manipulates everyone else]].\\
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Lampshaded by Ray, although in reference to another character.
-->'''Ray:''' People aren't always what they appear to be, Jimmy. Don't forget that.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: The only "white" character in the film is Ray's partner. The rest are various shades of gray, while [[spoiler:Ray himself]] is the closest to black.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Bowden. He wears a neck brace when out in public for a nonexistent neck injury.
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:Suzie]] although a couple of other characters come close.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: A theme of the entire film.
* CreativeClosingCredits: Interspersed within the credits are a series of short scenes that tie the rest of the movie together, including a final one that [[spoiler:ties Creator/BillMurray's character with Neve Campbell's]].
* DepravedBisexual: Suzie and possibly Kelly.
* [[spoiler:DirtyCop:]] Ray is revealed as one of these. [[spoiler:He was corrupt, beat hookers, murdered anyone he didn't like, and got Suzie sent to prison just for the hell of it.]]
* EvilTeacher: Sam Lombardo, who rapes one of his students when he gets the chance. [[spoiler:Before it's revealed that he's a different kind of bad, as they were working together to con the girl's rich mom out of millions of dollars. Sam's not a rapist, just a lying sleazeball.]]
* [[spoiler:FalseRapeAccusation]]: What triggers the plot.
* {{Fanservice}}: A ''lot'' of it. Kevin Bacon's penis, Denise Richards' breasts, two lesbian make-outs, and even Kelly's mom is seen nude, riding the poolboy.
* FatalAttraction: Subverted and gender-inverted between [[spoiler:Ray's female partner and Sam Lombardo]].
* FairCop: More realistic than the model types seen elsewhere, but Ray and his partner are very attractive.
* GambitPileUp: A notorious example, with reveal after reveal.
** Plot of first film: Rich girl Kelly Van Ryan (Denise Richards) flirts with Sam Lombardo (Mat Dillon), her guidance councellor, until at last he invites her into his house in private. Afterwards, she runs off in tears, then accuses him of rape. He claims she's lying, and given her earlier behavior, it looks like it'll be impossible to prove her case. Suddenly, another victim, Suzie (Neve Campbell) is found and is willing to testify. Then [[spoiler: Suzie cracks on the stand and admits she's lying, making the audience think that both girls are working together to screw Sam over. Sam gets off the hook, then successfully sues Sandra Van Ryan, Kelly's mom. Then it turns out that the girls were both working with Sam to trick the mom into doing something stupid so that he could sue her and they could split the money three ways. Then Sam has to kill Suzie because she was acting like a total spazz and might have spilled the beans. Ray Duquette (Kevin Bacon), a cop who has been investigating this whole thing, assaults Kelly, who shoots him in the shoulder, forcing him to shoot and kill her. It later turns he murdered her in cold-blood, and shot himself in the shoulder. His superiors are suspicious of him, as something similar happened with him awhile ago, and fire him. Then it turns out that he and Sam were working together to frame Kelly for Suzie's murder, and split the money two ways - except Ray decided to kill Kelly and pretend it was self-defense. Then it turns out that Sam and Suzie were working together to fake Suzie's murder and betray Ray because Ray had killed one of Suzie's friends before the movie even started. Then it turns out that Suzie never had any intention of sharing the money with Sam, and kills him. She also has genius-level intelligence. Then it turns out that Ken Bowden (Bill Murray), was working with Suzie all this time. Then it turns out that the whole thing was just an excuse to film a movie with Denise Richards and Neve Campbell making out... twice]].
** Every film in Wild Things series strives to go [[SerialEscalation escalate]] to make each plot twenty times more convoluted and confusing than the previous film's. Chances are, if you are the protagonist, the antagonist, the victim, a background character... hell, if you're ''in the film'', you are in on the scheme and may be weaving some [[GambitRoulette incredibly complex plans]] of your own. If there are two things that "Wild Things" is known for, it's the incredibly sexy lesbian scenes, and this trope.
* GambitRoulette: [[spoiler: Suzie's plot had to take months, if not years, to set up. And by the end, a high school drop-out has gotten three people murdered and ended up with millions of dollars.]] Slightly justified by interviews [[spoiler:with residents of her trailer park that imply she is LexLuthor intelligent.]]
* HatesBeingTouched: Suzie.
* KansasCityShuffle: The entire plot revolves around [[spoiler:Suzie convincing the other conspirators into thinking they know what the con is. Kelly thinks she and Sam will get rid of Suzie and run off together with the money. Ray thinks he and Sam will get rid of both girls, implicate Kelly in Suzie's murder, and split the money two-ways before parting. Sam thinks he and Suzie will frame Kelly for Suzie's "murder", kill Ray, and run off together with the money. Turns out the real plan was for Suzie to fake her own death with Sam's assistance, implicate Kelly, kill both Ray and Sam, and take ''all'' the money]].
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Suzie commits three murders and retires to the Carribean with $8.5 million dollars.]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:Sam, Kelly and Ray all deserve the fates they suffer at Suzie's hands. She gets a PetTheDog moment when she sets aside $1 million for Ruby and Walter, the people who raised her and served as a substitute family. She also pays Bill Murray for his help.]]
* MirrorScare: Used when [[spoiler:Kelly suddenly shows up in Sam's motel room after the trial, just before it it's revealed that they were partners]].
* NauticalKnockout: Done deliberately at the end of the movie; the victim is then left to drown.
* OutGambitted: [[spoiler:Ray, Sam and Kelly are all playing their own angles to try and get the money. Suzie outsmarts them all and gets away with the money.]]
* ParodyRetcon: The movie is generally seen as a GuiltyPleasure if nothing else, but the sheer volume of [[SoBadItsGood unintentional hilarity]] has lead some to hypothesize that it may have been a StealthParody of erotic thrillers all along. It was directed by an indie filmmaker with a history of making clever movies, and it gives a juicy (and funny) supporting role to a well-known comedian (Creator/BillMurray), so the hypothesis isn't unreasonable.
* ReliableTraitor: Ken Bowden.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: In some ways, this is what the conspiracy is all about. [[spoiler:Suzie wants revenge on Kelly for looking down on her and treating her like white trash, she wants revenge on Sam for not helping her out when she was sent to juvenile hall on false charges, and she wants revenge on Ray for murdering her boyfriend and sending her to juvenile hall.]]
* TheSummation: Shown in a flashback sequence at the end.
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: Double Subverted. [[spoiler:When he and Suzie are on the sailboat at the end, Sam is GenreSavvy enough to expect the drink to be poisoned, but is dissuaded when Suzie assures him that she would be an idiot to try something like that, since she can't pilot the boat, and they're all out in the middle of nowhere. It is in fact poisoned, and Suzie is perfectly capable of piloting it by herself. Still, this is not what kills Sam - Suzie then releases one of the booms to knock him into the water to drown.]]
* TakeThatKiss: After Suzie and Kelly's fight in the pool. Though Suzie quickly kisses back, and it's implied they then have sex. Could also be seen as a KissOfDeath [[spoiler: if Suzie wasn't running the show]]
* TeacherStudentRomance: Minus the romance. The trial revolves around Lombardo being accused of molesting Kelly and Suzie. [[spoiler:It turns out Kelly ''was'' actually sleeping with him by choice (and for a much longer period), as does Suzie on at least one occasion]].
* ThreateningShark: [[spoiler:In an early version of the script (see WhatCouldHaveBeen on the Trivia tab), Suzie kills Ray by not only shooting him with a spear gun, but by then tossing him in the water and throwing in a bucketful of chum after him. This attracts a school of sharks, who rip Ray apart in a feeding frenzy.]]
* TheToothHurts: [[spoiler:Suzie]] is shown pulling out one of their own teeth during the closing credits.
* VigilanteMan: Ray Duquette [[spoiler: or so it first appears]]
* WouldntHitAGirl: [[spoiler:The film's credit's sequence reveals that Sam is clearly horrified at having to remove some of Suzie's teeth to provide physical evidence for her staged murder, which she needs to do herself as a result. His dissaproval of Ray killing Kelly rather than framing her, as they agreed, is also clearly more on moral grounds than the fact that it diverted from the plan.]]

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