Obsessed

Obsessed movie poster
MPAA rating: PG-13
Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Drama
An asset manager (Idris Elba) is very happy with his new promotion and home life with his wife (Beyonce), until a temporary worker (Ali Larter) begins to stalk him.
Starring: Idris Elba, Beyoncé Knowles, Ali Larter, Jerry O'Connell, Christine Lahti
Director: Steve Shill
Running time: 1:48
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Editorial Review

Beyonc fans should enter the theater about 95 minutes after "Obsessed" begins. That way, they won't have to wait to see her morph into Sasha Fierce and wipe the floor with the crazy stalker chick who's after her husband. For most of this story of marital strife, everyone's favorite (sober) pop star plays a docile, doe-eyed, slightly wooden housewife. Only when her character, Sharon, senses infidelity does Beyonc adapt her dance moves to hand-to-hand combat, setting the stage for a demolition-derby catfight with the Other Woman.

Drywall is pulverized. Chandeliers are swung from. Lamp stands become javelins.

"Oh, no she didn't!"

Ah, the joys of watching a movie like "Obsessed" at a public showing on a Friday afternoon at the Regal Gallery Place multiplex. If ever a movie deserves to be talked back to, it's this one.

The first two-thirds of the film is written and acted with some degree of sanity. Idris Elba plays a French-cuffed big shot named Derek who works at a Los Angeles financial firm. Sharon stays at home with their infant son and yearns to finish her college degree. The happy couple just bought a fancy house (and an entire Pier One showroom to go with it, it seems) somewhere in the hills. At work, Derek's secretary gets the flu and is replaced by a temp -- no, make that a temptress.

Her name's Lisa. She's got blond hair, big teeth, slinky silk blouses and curves on which one might vigorously test the handling of a Lamborghini.

Lisa likes Derek and begins to make sexual advances. Derek, a good man who loves his wife, keeps his distance, but Lisa ingratiates herself with the psychotic efficiency of an experienced administrative assistant, knowing exactly what her boss will do and when he'll do it, what he wants and what he fears, and how he likes his coffee.

The situation devolves from there. "Sexual harassment" is too mild a term. Lisa, hellbent, creates an appearance of infidelity by spreading gossip, dragging a resistant Derek into a men's-room stall during the office Christmas party, and hiding in his Mercedes-Benz while wearing a nightie.

-- Dan Zak (April 25, 2009)

Contains sexual material including suggestive dialogue, violence and thematic content.