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A 2009 thriller/drama directed by Steve Shill and starring Beyoncé
in her first serious role that doesn't relate to music.
Successful businessman Derek Charles (Idris Elba) is doing very well for himself. He has a beautiful wife (Knowles), an adorable son, and his family and he have just moved into their first house together. But after meeting an office temp named Lisa (Ali Larter) on the way to his office, it soon becomes clear that his wife is not the only woman with feelings for him, and the harmless flirting of a crush quickly becomes quite a bit more serious than anyone expected.
This film contains examples of:
- Accent Upon The Wrong Syllable: Idris Elba throughout the film.
- Action Mom: Sharon proves to Lisa very effectively why she shouldn't have messed with her family.
- All Men Are Perverts: With a few camera shots representing Derek's POV and a few questionable decisions, the audience is lead to believe this.
- Above the Influence: Derek Charles, amazingly even when "under the influence"
- Aren't You Going To Ravish Me?: Lisa tries to taunt Derek into being aggressive with her on multiple occasions.
Lisa: Do it. Hit me. You can do anything you want to me.
- Benevolent Boss: Derek.
- Blondes Are Evil: Perhaps a bit of Truth in Television regarding the perception of the demographic being targeted by the film, as it plays on the racial tension specifically between black women and white women over black males (some may recall a scene from Save the Last Dance that addresses this perception more directly).
- Captain Ersatz / Cliché Storm / Plagiarism: This movie is, uh, kind of maybe a wee bit deriative of Audition, Fatal Attraction, Misery and Play Misty for Me.
- Cat Fight: The inevitable showdown between Sharon and Lisa.
- Chekhov's Floor: The structural integrity of the boards in the attic.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: A large source of Lisa's manipulative power in the film, along with people around him questioning if he might have lead her on.
- Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: It's implied Lisa did this to a drugged Derek, but nothing explicit is shown.
- Driven to Suicide: Though, one might question if this was a genuine desire to die, or a desperate attempt for attention.
- Dull Surprise: Beyonce's acting.
- Flat Character / Jerk Ass: Ben, whose only role in the movie is to joke about Lisa's attraction to Derek and to continuously goad him into straying.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He recognizes before Derek does that Lisa wants him. Derek is just too "nice" not to see it. Not helping is the fact that, yes, he did lead Lisa on.
- Happily Married: Derek and Sharon, despite the few bumps in the road. Derek even says that he's this with Sharon.
- Devoted to You: Derek is probably the most loyal husband a woman could ask for. He never gives into Lisa's advances or his colleges' pressuring.
- Like Goes with Like: There's Lisa, an office temp, who falls in love with her boss, Derek Charles (a black man) and attempts to seduce him and break up him and his wife Sharon (also black), by claiming that she had an affair with him.
- Love Makes You Crazy: Rather than playing mind games for sport, Lisa's motive comes across as really wanting to be with Derek, and also attributes his rejection of her to circumstances rather than how he feels.
- Mama Bear: Sharon Charles when you try to break up her family and especially if you touch her son.
- Mood Whiplash: When Derek finds Lisa unconscious in his bed, he is at first incredibly angry but then realizes she's not breathing so he starts CPR, but the whiplash comes from what he says while he's doing it, which is: "Breathe, bitch!" It's hard not to giggle when you can tell he'd like nothing more than to let her die, but is forced to save her to keep from being accused for murder.
- You can also count the scene when Sharon and Derek come back home from celebrating New Year's and Derek opens his email, only to find pictures of Lisa wearing seductive clothing and "See you next year" type under her. Oh, by the way, Derek thought that Lisa decided to leave him alone prior to this event.
- Not Quite Dead: Played with to the point of almost being humorous. Lisa first catches herself before falling through the ceiling, then catches herself while falling past the chandelier. She then falls through the glass coffee table, appearing to have fatally hit her head on one of its legs, but then opens her eyes. Finally, the chandelier falls from the ceiling and onto poor Lisa, ending her reign of terror on the Charles family.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Derek's "American" accent occasionally becomes muffled and ambiguous.
- Pay Evil unto Evil
- Pet Homosexual: Patrick the
Patrick: Watch out, girl. He's married.
Ali: All the good ones are married.
Patrick: Yeah, or straight.
- Relationship Sabotage: The movie's premise revolves around this trope.
- Sassy Black Woman: Sharon.
- Stalker with a Crush: Lisa Sheridan.
- Take My Hand: Sharon does this to Lisa after she was hanging on to what remained of the attic floor/ceiling. She accepts, but isn't quite done fighting.
- Taking You with Me: Perhaps just good ol' crazy, or maybe a bit of overlap with If I Can't Have Him.
- Too Dumb to Live: Gee, go outside and wait for the police, or investigate the noise upstairs that is likely the crazy bitch in my house... Also, pretty much everything about the finale.
- YMMV, but Derek is right on the line. There are several points in this movie where he could have stopped the problem with Lisa or at least have salvaged things with his wife before they got so out of hand.
- Vague Age: The Charles' son. The boy is clearly a toddler, Sharon mentioned at the beginning that he was two, yet he doesn't speak a word throughout the film (not even baby talk) and Sharon later mentioned that he was conceived after Derek came home after last year's Christmas party drunk.
- Violently Protective Wife: Sharon Charles when you try to take her man.
- Yandere: And how!