Film: Very Bad Things
Very Bad Things is a 1998 Black Comedy directed by Peter Berg. It stars Jon Favreau, Cameron Diaz, Christian Slater, Jeremy Piven, Daniel Stern, Leland Orser, and Kobe Tai.Kyle Fisher (Favreau), days away from his wedding, welcomes his bachelor party weekend as a chance to break free from his Bridezilla fiancée Laura (Diaz). Along with his best friend Charles (Orser), his friends Michael (Piven), and Boyd (Slater), and Michael's brother Adam (Stern), they celebrate in a Las Vegas hotel room complete with drinking, drugs, and a stripper (Tai).However, trouble begins when Michael accidentally kills the stripper in the hotel bathroom. When a security guard finds her body, he threatens to call the police but is killed by Boyd. Boyd takes charge of the group and devises a plan to dispose of the bodies by burying them in the desert. Everyone grudgingly goes through with the plan, but soon guilt and nerves begin to destroy the group.
Very Bad Things contains examples of:
- Accidental Murder: The first death was an accident.
- Axe Crazy: Boyd.
- Binge Montage: the bachelor party.
- Bridezilla: Laura. She is willing to commit murder to ensure that nothing spoils her dream wedding.
- Covers Always Lie: Christian Slater and Cameron Diaz get top billing, such as in the above poster, due to them having bigger 'Hollywood' names than the likes of Jon Favreau or many of the others. However neither of them are the main protagonists, and Diaz actually has what can only be called a supporting role at best.
- Crime After Crime: Boyd murders the security guard to cover up the death of the stripper. As the movie progresses, other characters get murdered to prevent them from spilling the beans about the earlier deaths.
- Darker and Edgier: It's The Hangover but more of a black comedy and Alan is more a murderous sociopath.
- Death as Comedy
- Deus Angst Machina: The whole damn movie, starting with the bachelor party in Vegas.
- Disposable Sex Worker
- Disposing of a Body
- Downer Ending: Kyle, Charles, and Kyle's dog become disabled from a car accident after burying Boyd's body in the desert. Laura is forced to look after them, along with Adam's bratty kids. This causes her to be Driven to Madness at the result.
- Driven to Madness: As things become gradually worse for the group Boyd gradually ends up losing his sanity.
- From Bad to Worse \ Disaster Dominoes: The film's title is very appropriate.
- Hookers and Blow: This combo is what causes the death that kick starts the plot.
- Hope Spot: The Security Guard almost walks out of the crime scene with his life intact but then he sees the hooker's body, tries to do the right thing, and seals his fate
- Murder Is the Best Solution: Very Bad Things is "This Trope: The Movie".
- Never One Murder: Forms the plot of the movie. The first death was an accident. The protagonist's attempts to cover it up lead them into a string of murders.
- Out with a Bang: The death of the stripper while having sex is what kicks off the plot.
- Plethora of Mistakes: The plot starts with a bachelor party on that's dirtier than their wives/fiances want. Then, while high on cocaine, the hooker they hired is killed when her head is impaled during sex. Hiding the body ends up making things worse and that's when Murder Is the Best Solution comes up... Again and again...
- Rock Bottom: Very Bad Things is practically an endless string of consecutive rock bottoms. Just when you think it couldn't sink any lower, the movie throws its viewers a shovel and tells them to keep digging.
- The Sociopath: Boyd, oh so much.
- Spiritual Successor: The Hangover is basically a less dark remake of this film.
- Stag Party
- Wall Bang Her: Goes horribly wrong and results in the death of the stripper.