Film / The Last Seduction

"Anyone check you for a heartbeat recently?"
Frank Griffith

A 1994 Neo-Noir film directed by John Dahl, The Last Seduction starred Linda Fiorentino, Peter Berg and Bill Pullman. Its perhaps best known for being disqualified from Oscar consideration that year due to it showing on HBO just before premiering in theaters.

Bridget Gregory is the bored wife of Clay, a drug dealer. One day, she swipes a bag of money from him and skips town to Chicago. On her way there, she meets Mike, a divorced man who immediately falls for her. When Clay sends goons to track down his wife and stolen cash, Bridget decides to use Mike in an elaborate scheme to get her past off her back.

This film features examples of:

  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: A deleted scene has Bridget dressing up as a cheerleader for Mike.
  • Amoral Attorney: Bridget's lawyer, played by J.T. Walsh.
  • Asshole Victim: Clay's abusiveness doesn't exactly make the viewer help but root for Bridget...a little.
  • Berserk Button: For Mike, any mentions of his ex-wife Trish, since it turns out that she is actually a he.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Harlan is the first character to die.
  • Black Is Bigger in Bed: Bridget invokes this to her husband's (black) private investigator to distract him while she's driving the car they're in. He blows her off at first but is eventually tempted to show her, taking off his seatbelt to do so.This results in his death when she intentionally crashes the car.
  • Brooklyn Rage: Clay comments that his locally-hired detective won't get rough with Bridget; he needs a New Yorker for that.
  • Cultured Badass: Bridget has a high powered job, is well qualified and is mentioned to enjoy the theatre.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Bridget, particularly when shes around Mike.
  • Deconstructed Trope: As the title implies, the film was intended to be this for the typical Film Noir Femme Fatale plot, illustrating just how heartless a woman would have to be to seduce a man into murdering a complete stranger, and how dumb the man would have to be to actually fall for it.
  • Domestic Abuser: Clay with Bridget
  • Fanservice: Linda Fiorentino does several nude scenes
  • Femme Fatale: A Deconstructed Character Archetype with Bridget. See above.
  • Film Noir: One of the most famous 90s neo noirs.
  • Frameup: Bridget puts a pretty good one on Mike.
  • Karma Houdini: Mike is busted for murder and rape, while Bridget goes off scot-free.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Mike and his friends come across this way.
  • The Last Title: The title.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: Bridget comes up with the alias Wendy Kroy after gazing at a poster of New York in the mirror.
  • Making Love in All the Wrong Places: Mike and Bridget have sex in a car and against the wire fence outside a bar. Deleted scenes show them doing it on the floor and in a school gym they broke into
  • Manipulative Bastard: Bridget will stop at nothing to escape Clay, and then have her revenge on him, and then get away with it. Even to the point of sweet-talking Mike into helping her in a massive phone scam (if it is a scam...)—and eventually, into ruining Mike's life completely.
  • Miscarriage of Justice: The ending implies that Mike will spend the rest of his life in prison for Bridget's crimes.
  • The Sociopath: Bridget shows pretty much all of the classic traits. She lies, manipulates, and discards others for her own gain, expresses no remorse for any of her actions — including at least one murder and ruining another man's life — requires stimulation by mentally toying with people out of boredom or rather shamelessly using them to get off, and the only time she ever discusses morality she seems to regard it as some alien concept.
  • Stepford Suburbia: Bridget stays in one of these when she's on the run.
  • The Unfair Sex: Completely and utterly averted.
  • The Vamp: Bridget, for sure.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Bridget pulls this first at the hospital with the cop and then in the final scene to put the rap on Mike.