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The Crush

The Crush
Alicia Silverstone, Cary Elwes and Jennifer Rubin

Rated: R For language, nudity and violence.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: April 2, 1993 Released by: Morgan Creek Productions

Wide-eyed, pouty mouthed, but not so innocent. Fourteen-year-old Darian (Alicia Silverstone) is a child prodigy, gifted in piano and computers, who skips a couple of grades and has trouble making friends.

She develops a crush on Nick (Cary Elwes, Princess Bride), a quiet 28-year-old who rents her parent's guest house.

At first Nick, a reporter for a trendy magazine, finds the flirty teen appealing. Because of her age, he tries to steer clear of her, which is easier said than done. Darian barges into his apartment continually, goes through his personal belongings and sits outside his window daily sunbathing in a skimpy bikini.

Urged by his girlfriend (Jennifer Rubin), Nick finally figures out that the girl has a few screws loose, and decides to move out, which sets Darian off on a rampage.

The violence, to the credit of director Alan Shapiro, is not very bloody or graphic, and although there's no sex between them, there are a a couple of voyeuristic scenes.

The character of Darian could have been depicted at any age and the story would have worked, because the film is about obsession and unrequited love, so when they made Darian only 14, they added a cheap and sleazy element to the story that was totally unnecessary.

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