Compromising Positions (1985)

FRANK PERRY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1985.  Blackhawk Productions, C.P. Productions, Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by , based on her novel.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Frank Perry.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

An adaptation of a Susan Isaacs novel that would suit her readers has yet to be made, but at least you can enjoy this film for Susan Sarandon‘s adorable performance if for no other reason. She plays a bored, chatty housewife who is thrilled to come upon an adventure when her dentist is murdered and her neighbour is a suspect. Having once been a journalist who gave it all up for marriage, Sarandon quickly jumps back into the job and investigates the clues, putting herself in danger from the desperate killer as well as the many women with whom the married dentist was trysting. Things aren’t made any less complicated when she also starts falling for the detective who wonders why she always turns up every place that a new clue is found.  The film’s humour does much to improve its mystery plot, both of which are more than satisfying.

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