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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Wild Things 3: Diamonds in the Rough
Wild Things 3: Diamonds in the Rough
Columbia/Tri-Star // R // April 26, 2005
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Review by Carl Davis | posted April 27, 2005 | E-mail the Author
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Ok, so I believe that just about all of us are familiar with the sleeper, cult, so-bad-its-good hit Wild Things. If anything, I'm surprised more films haven't followed the Wild Things formula of triple (and even quadruple) crosses, hot, young lesbian spit-swapping and simulated three way sex, usually in a pool. To date, only two films have followed Wild Things recipe for success (three if you count the botched Wild Things: Unrated Edition release). The aptly named Wild Things 2 and the slightly more interestingly named Wild Things 3: Diamonds In The Rough. Whereas the 'undercooked' Wild Things 2 passed completely beneath my radar, the third installment arrived on my doorstep begging to be reviewed.

With the promise that each and every Wild Things movie holds, namely that of steamy Florida noir, coupled with rich girl/poor girl tongue rasslin' and boobie touching, I cleared the 87 minutes needed to screen this 'diamond in the rough' from my busy schedule and got down to business. Columbia/Tri-Star has seen fit to let the film speak for itself and decided not to include any extra features on the disc, but they did take the effort to include the red banded trailers for all three Wild Things films out of respect for the franchise's lineage. I guess that in keeping wit the same demographic that enjoys the Wild Things flicks, they also threw in the trailer for the 'Lesbians-in-training' vehicle, D.E.B.S..

Rich girl Marie (Sarah Laine) has a beef with her step-dad, Jay (Brad Johnson). It seems that even though she's about to turn 18 he's blocked her from receiving her inheritance left by her late mom, including a pair of diamonds that are worth millions. It turns out that Jay's construction business is in the deep in the red and the local loan sharks are out to collect, in blood. Marie needs to get those diamonds away from Jay before he can sell them and use the money to pay off his debt. Enter Elena (Sandra McCoy), the local bad girl (she's so bad she has to wear her 'Martha Stewart Living' ankle bracelet to school) who catches Jay's eye at a swim meet. He invites her to Marie's Eighteenth Birthday party and the claws come out. It seems that these girls have it in for each other, or do they just have eyes for each other?

Before you can say 'Kobe Bryant,' Jay is arrested and charged with slipping Elena a 'roofie' and raping her. All of the forensic evidence leads to this conclusion, care of the resident studly forensics expert, Dr. Chad Johnson (Ron Melendez). Yup, you guessed it, he's also in on the con. That leaves it up to a local police detective (Linden Ashby) and a Juvenile Corrections Officer (Dina Meyer) to try and unravel the many twisted threads of this craven scheme and figure out who's double-crossing whom before someone gets killed, because as is the case with all of these Wild Things films, no one is safe before the final credits roll.

Well Wild Things 3: Diamonds In The Rough certainly lives up to its namesake with almost-on-purpose bad acting (especially from Laine and Johnson), a corkscrewed con game, gratuitous visible-nipple shots, extended Sapphic snuggling and a post-ending wrap up that puts the NFL to shame. I think my only complaint would be that the double and triple-crosses didn't seem as satisfying as in the first film, and that the characters, while ruthless, just didn't seem to have their hearts in the swindling. All the pieces are in place, but the characters just seem to be going through the motions, and while the absolute final reveal does have some teeth, you wish it came about sooner.

The DVD:

Picture: The film is presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. It definitely looks good for what it is, a straight-to-video sequel to one of the all time greatest 'Skinemax' features ever. The film used its Florida locations to good effect.

Audio: The Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Track sounds good overall.

Extras: There are no Extras on this DVD except for a handful of trailers, including the red banded trailers for Wild Things, Wild Things 2 and Wild Things 3: Diamonds In The Rough.

Conclusion: Chances are if you're reading this than you might be part of the intended audience for the Wild Things series of movies. Suffice it to say that I'm sure you know what you're getting when it says Wild Things on the box. Still, let me just reiterate that Wild Things 3: Diamonds In The Rough is not for everyone. If you find scenes of amateurish acting, young, naked girls pressing their bodies together, same-sex open-mouthed kissing and a sleazy lawyer who always comes out ahead in the end, than you might want to skip this release. However, if one or all of the above appeals to your sick sensibilities, than add this one to your Netflix queue.

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