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The Rich Man's Wife

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It’s hard to imagine what Amy Holden Jones was thinking when she wrote and directed this utterly implausible thriller. Halle Berry plays a housewife who gets friendly with a handsome psychopath (Peter Greene), who then volunteers his homicidal services to break up her loveless marriage to a millionaire (Christopher McDonald). On video, the resulting contrivances don’t begin to add up to a decent erotic thriller. The only grace note is the cadaverous yet handsome Greene, who’s becoming a sort of modern Peter Cushing thanks to credits like Pulp Fiction (he was a uniformed psycho) and The Usual Suspects (he played a fence). He ought to shun studio-financed bores like The Rich Man’s Wife and get back to his indie roots. D