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SWF finds ADM (A decent movie)
September 16,1992 page eight
What’s the worst thing you can
imagine your roommate doing to you?
Borrowing your things without ask
ing? Not taking out the trash or doing
the dishes for a week? Sounds pretty
tame, doesn’t it? It does when you
compare it to director Barbet
Schroeder’s (Reversal of Fortune)
latest film, Single White Female.
Single White Female is a sus
pense/ thriller flick that centers
around the evolving relationship be
tween Ally Jones (Bridget Fonda,
Shag) and Heddy Carlson (Jennifer
Jason Leigh, Rush). Heddy moves in
with Ally, a woman who has just
broken up with her fiance, when she
(Heddy) answers her ad for a room
mate in the paper. Upon her moving
in, they begin to do the usual girl
friend things together like shopping,
discussing their problems, and watch-
joins local troupe
The Plaid Theatre Company
presents The Sea Horse by Edward
J. Moore, with Nan L. Stephenson
and John Murphy. Performances
will be on Thursday, Sept. 17, Sun
day, Sept. 20, Thurs., Sept. 24, and
Sun., Sept. 27, at 8 p.m., atUnder the
Street, 1104 Broad St., Durham.
Tickets are $5 for individuals and $3
for students/seniors/and groups of
five or more. An additional $1 will
be discounted for diners with re
ceipts from that evening at Seventh
Street Restaurant. For reservations,
call 286-2647 or 286-1019. For
further information, call 829-8586.
ing weepy old movies. After a while,
though, Heddy begins to develop a
fixation on Ally, and when Ally de
cides to get back with her fiance,
things take an ugly little turn. I’m
obviously not going to tell you all the
juicy details, but I will tell you that
Heddy uses her basic black pump for
more that pulling her outfit together.
The plot is not hard to grasp,
and though it has the elements of
many suspense films (bad guy, good
guy, big weapon), it also intertwines
the excitement of a psychological
thriller. Also, tiny sub-plots, such as
the one dealing with the fact that
Heddy is one half of a set of twins -
the surviving half - gives the story
some depth. These twists and turns
also make it easier for the viewer to
keep up with what is going on. This
fact, surprisingly, doesn’t make the
action predictable either. In fact, one
of the two beefs I have with Schroeder
student awareness of
Last semester at the request of
Student Life Committee, call boxes
for student safety were placed at 10
locations on campus. The call boxes
are on the new road (1), near the
health center (1), near Wade Ave.
(1), in the Green Parking Lot (3), at
the Music Library (1), at the Mae
Grimmer Alumnae House (1), at
Cate Center (1), at Weatherspoon
Gym (1). Blue lights are attached to
the call boxes to make them easy to
is dragging the suspense out for too
long at times.
As far as the technical aspects
go, everything from the lighting, ed
iting, and scenery was right on the
money. The editing done by Lee
Percy in the final action shots was
quick and clean and showed the des
peration of Ally’s actions.
I also have kudos for Schroeder
for having Ally’s friend and neigh
bor, Graham (Peter Friedman), who
is gay, portrayed as a strong person.
Any of the typical stereotypes found
in films dealing with gay men are not
to be found, and that is refreshing.
Graham is also the source of my
second gripe with Schroeder. After
we see Heddy bash Graham in the
head with a crowbar, he miracu
lously, two days later, ressurrects
himself just in time to help Ally. This
is just not believable. Other than this
last minor flaw, the rest of the film
seemed to be up to par.
So, the next time your room
mate borrows your bestearrings with
out asking, or she leaves her trash in
a pile for three weeks, ask her po
litely to fix things up. If things don’t
get any better, go see Single White
Female together and casually men
tion you don’t blame Ally at all for
what she does to Heddy, because
you’d do the same thing too.
Nan Stephenson and fellow actor prepare for
upcoming play, The Sea Horse
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