Fun

on April 12, 1995 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
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Another youths-in-trouble film, in a vein similar to that of this past winter's "Heavenly Creatures" and the current "Kids," "Fun" (adapted by James Bosley from his stage play) carries an impact that is primarily limited to the fine performances of its two leads. Alicia Witt and Renee Humphrey portray Bonnie and Hillary, a duo of innocent-looking teenage girls who murder an old woman--just for kicks, or so they insist. Seeking a different cause for the crime is a jaded social worker (Leslie Hope) and an unctuous tabloid journalist (William R. Moses).
   The film's color segments, jerkily shot and then speeded up to convey both the exuberance of the girls' fast-budding friendship and the fun-filled day of the murder, are compelling and disturbing. But somber black-and-white scenes, in which the social worker and journalist delve into the girls' characters, are too stilted and unconvincing to be as penetrating as they need to be, thus making "Fun" an ambitious but ultimately an unsuccessful effort. Starring Renee Humphrey, Alicia Witt, Leslie Hope and William R. Moses. Directed by Rafael Zielinski. Written by James Bosley. Produced by Rafael Zielinski and Damian Lee. A Greycat release. Drama. Unrated. Running time: 105 min.
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