Critics' Voices: Apr. 9, 1990


BAD INFLUENCE. A devilish Rob Lowe matches wits with James Spader (sex, lies, and videotape), who plays a computer-nerd Faust in this stylish thriller. Spader, a truly talented actor, accomplishes the rare trick of making the weak good guy seem more interesting than the strong bad guy.

HOUSE PARTY. On the night of the biggest party of the year, Kid (Christopher Reid) is grounded because of his bad report card. What's Kid to do? Sneak out, of course. Writer-director Reggie Hudlin gives zip and lots of laughs to this sharp, hip-hop comedy that blends a John Hughes-like ear for dialogue...

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