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Separate Lives

Separate Lives
Jim Belushi and Linda Hamilton

Rated: R for sexual content, obscenities and violence.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: September 8, 1995 Released by: Trimark

Jim Belushi plays Tom Beckwith, an ex-homicide cop and single parent to a preteen daughter. He leaves the force and takes some college courses in psychology form Dr. Lauren Porter (Linda Hamilton).

It seems that the good doctor has more problems than most of her patients and wants Beckwith's help in solving them. She suspects that she might have a split personality because she can't remember where she's been when she leaves home at night. She finds a gun in her purse that was used in a murder. So, Porter asks Beckwith to follow her for a few nights and videotape her actions.

Beckwith finds out that the soft-spoken doctor has a kinky side. She keeps a sec ret apartment, dresses in black leather, dances in a cage at her boyfriend's nightclub and calls herself Lena.

She blames her problems on the fact that she witnessed the murder of her mother and stepfather when she was 12 years old. She has suppressed the events of the night, and some fuzzy memories start to resurface, and she's not able to deal with them.

Belushi has some nice moments with his daughter. They're the most interesting part of the story and unfortunately they last but a few minutes. He's likable actor and deserves a better script to show his stuff.

Hamilton plays the two sides of her character wit5h the same pained, lifeless expression. If she didn't have a racier wardrobe as Lena, you'd never know which personality she was portraying.

There's no tension or surprise in the amateurish plot. It's a terrible waste when a thriller can't keep you attention and becomes boring. I've seen better fare on reruns of Murder She Wrote.

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