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May 6, 2009 > Movie Review: Obsessed

Movie Review: Obsessed

By Susana Nunez

"I'ma show you crazy!" shouted an indignant Beyonce at the woman trying to take her man. "Obsessed" is a predictable film about a woman who sets her eyes on a married man and is willing to do whatever it takes to tear him away from his family. Ali Larter stars as the obsessed woman (Lisa Sheridan), whose competition is not just any every-day wife, but Beyonce Knowles (Sharon Charles). Audiences will most likely go see the film because of Beyonce- the unstoppable Diva herself- but Ali Larter is hilarious in it, as well. The film is great fun if you know what to expect, meaning, don't go expecting a deep, psychological thriller. Go see it for its ridiculous nature and especially Beyonce go crazy.

Lisa Sheridan enters as a temp worker at Derek Charles's (Idris Elba) company. At first, Derek is polite to Lisa and tries to make her feel welcome at the company, but then he begins to take notice of her constant gaze. His co-worker warns him that Lisa seems to have her eyes set on him, and that he should watch out; she's an attractive woman and could prove to be too tempting for Derek to handle. A faithful man, Derek ignores Lisa's advances, until he finally has to flat out reject her after an awkward Christmas party incident. Lisa swears up and down that it's his fault, and that he had promised her that they would be together. Derek realizes Lisa is crazy, but refrains from telling his wife because he feels it unnecessary to worry her about it. He isn't falling for Lisa's tricks anytime soon.

Keeping this secret from Sharon Charles proves to be a big mistake, as soon enough she finds out about Lisa and comes to her own conclusions. After all, before she became Mrs. Charles, she was Derek's secretary, and who's to say that he's been able to resist. Lisa claims they are lovers, and goes so far as to stalk the Charles and even visit their baby when they aren't around. Big mistake number two- nobody touches Sharon's baby.

Ali Larter is the perfect seductive psycho and Beyonce is the perfect noble, yet tough-as-nails woman. The character of Derek could be any guy, but the real story is between these two women. Watching the tension build between them is pure guilty pleasure, as you know that Beyonce will have her revenge and defend her honor, just as the trailer promised. Female audiences will get a kick out of the film, and men can, as well- just remember not to expect an Oscar-worthy film. It's been done, Beyonce can't really act, and it's thoughtless; whatever- it's camp and it's fun.

Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 105 mins.

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