Suzanne Tenner
Chris Nashawaty
July 29, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Obsessed

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
108 minutes
Wide Release Date
04/24/09
performer
Idris Elba, Beyonce Knowles, Christine Lahti, Ali Larter
director
Steven Shill
author
David Loughery
genre
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C+

Got a sweet tooth for sexy-but-scorned psycho trash like The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, The Temp, and Fatal Attraction? Well, you’re in luck. Sort of. Obsessed busts its hump trying to be a postracial entry in the genre, but mostly it’s just kind of a bust. The Office‘s Idris Elba plays a bland finance whiz with ?a new house, a new son, and a sassy wife (Beyoncé Knowles) waiting at home. But when Ali Larter’s unhinged blond temptress joins his firm, Elba’s dreamy life becomes a nightmare. If that last sentence sounded like a cliché, wait until you start watching this thing. Larter cribs virtually every last ?tic and twitch from Glenn Close’s ”I will not be ignored” bunny boiling playbook. At least she seems to be having a blast in her climactic, hair-pulling catfight with Sasha Fierce (which is nicely dissected in the EXTRAS). C+

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