Cinema: Fatal Flaws

Men behave very badly in Very Bad Things

Week after week, the sanctity of human life, the moral niceties of medical ethics, the nobility of self-sacrifice. After all that tenderness, it's easy to see why bright young Peter Berg, one of the Chicago Hope ensemble, would want to try a little purgative transgressiveness.

Hence the very black comedy Very Bad Things, which he has written and di-rected. In it, five thirtysomething guys from a Los Angeles suburb go off to Las Vegas for a bachelor party a week before one of them is to be married. It turns wild: a call girl accidentally gets killed, a security guard...

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