->''"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 written by Buck Henry and 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.

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.
* BouquetToss: Subverted when bridesmaids Janice and Suzanne's sister deliberately ignore Suzanne's tossed bouquet.
* 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: PlayedWith. While Suzanne [[BookDumb clearly lacks book smarts]] and general self-awareness, she is fairly gifted at manipulation and intimidation (or at least, picking the right people to manipulate and intimidate).
* FavorsForTheSexy: Suzanne and Jimmy. And truly dark favors.
* {{Fainting}}: Janice faints while learning [[spoiler:her brother had been killed.]]
* FauxlosophicNarration: Suzanne - played for laughs.
* FemmeFatale: Suzanne's sex-oriented manipulations and generally dark actions definitely paint her as this. See TheVamp, below.
* FilmNoir: [[PlayedForLaughs PlayedFor]] BlackComedy. Suzanne's the FemmeFatale, and Jimmy's the sap. The crime is murder of her husband.
* HomoeroticSubtext / EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Lydia seems to be just as entranced by Suzanne as Jimmy and Russel. Suzanne, despite her general stupidity, actually does pick up on this, and mentions Lydia's "lesbian tendencies" when trying to bully the girl.
* 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 PlayedWith: 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.
* PoliceAreUseless: Subverted. The criminals are completely incompetent and the police catch on to them immediately. The police can also see through Suzanne's StepfordSmiler Act. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, the most solid proof that Suzanne is the mastermind of the crime is ruled inadmissible in court, so they cannot convict her.]]
* 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.
** Jimmy can be seen as one by audience members. [[spoiler: It helps that, unlike Suzanne, Jimmy shows that he's conflicted up until the moment he commits the murder and appears remorseful about what he has done.]]
* 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: PlayedWith; 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.)