"The Seduction" is opening unscreened here this weekend, although it has been playing in Los Angeles for several weeks. Here are some of the things that Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times had to say about the movie:
The TV newswoman seems to have become the new lady in distress. Shelley Hack played such an endangered woman in a TV movie, and on the big screen so did Dee Wallace in "The Howling." In different ways, newscasters Jane Fonda and Sigourney Weaver in "The China Syndrome" and "Eyewitness" also become imperiled.
Writer-director David Schmoeller starts with a valid enough, if very familiar, premise. Unfortunately, Schmoeller overreaches at the crucial moment. In doing so, he lets everything lapse into ludicrousness.
Morgan Fairchild -- a movie-star name that the late Jacqueline Susann might have thought up -- is convincing as a a local TV newscaster, a successful, liberated contemporary woman whose independence heightens her danger; Andrew Stevens, as a weirdo photographer who just can't leave her alone, is shrewd casting on two counts. First, like Fairchild, he's a major TV celebrity; and second, his handsomeness helps elicit some sympathy for the photographer's torment. But the twists and turns of the film's denouement do them both in, with Stevens made to seem especially ridiculous.
Misleadingly titled, "The Seduction" (rated R for nudity, language and violence) is nothing if not lush -- but it also doesn't add up to much. Considering Fairchild's sensual presence, this may not matter.
THE SEDUCTION -- At 19 area theaters.