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DVD Review: Sexy Evil Genius

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Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and in “Sexy Evil Genius”–a copy of which our friends out at Lionsgate sent over for us to review–you’re going to find out what happens when a woman scorned gets a lot of the scorners together in one place. This one won’t hit stores until April 9,

“Sexy Evil Genius” follows Nikki, whose love life–whose life in general, really–has been a bit on the strange side of late. She’s got a trail of exes of both sexes behind her, and she’s not at all happy about how most of the relationships have turned out. To that end, Nikki has gathered all her former flames into a bar in downtown Los Angeles for one last gathering. This is a gathering that may well prove to be the last one for Nikki’s former flames, or potentially, even for Nikki herself. Will this be Nikki’s last dance? Will Nikki’s former flames all be snuffed out? Or is something else going on here?

This one’s a very, very strange title. Any time you can call a movie released strange, well, that’s something to say, especially these days. In fact, about the best way to describe this as a romantic comedy by way of “The Usual Suspects”. It’s easy to tell from the outset that something very, very strange is going on here, but figuring out just what is going to be a bit of a trip.

Finding out, meanwhile, what was going on was an utter joy. It was not at all what I was expecting, and that’s points enough in favor of this one. This is a surprisingly well set-up affair that has an excellent payoff, and that kind of combination, at least as far as I’m concerned, adds up to a total that you can comfortably call “good movie”.  Sharply plotted, well cast–frankly, seeing Seth Green and Michelle Trachtenberg show up in this had me worried,  but they both pulled off a surprisingly good job here, and there really wasn’t a bad performance in the joint–and all around clever, “Sexy Evil Genius” is going to take you by surprise and it literally will not let you go.

The special features here include a set of audio options, your choice of English or Spanish subtitles, a commentary track from the director and some of the actors (specifically, Seth Green and Harold Perrineau) a documentary called “Jujitsu-ing Reality”, and trailers for “The Haunting In Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia,” “The Impossible,” “The Letter,” and a preview for Epix.

“Sexy Evil Genius” was a treat, nothing but. For those looking for a little something different to spark up their evenings, spending an evening with mad genius Nikki will bring plenty of fun and a few great twists. This is one invitation you shouldn’t pass up.

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