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Lake Placid

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Starring: Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda
Director: Steve Miner
Rated: R
RunTime: 88 Minutes
Release Date: July 1999
Genres: Horror, Comedy


*Also starring: Brendan Gleeson, David Lewis, Natassia Maltke, Meredith Salenger, Oliver Platt, Betty White, Tim Dixon, Mariska Hargitay, Adam Arkin



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Review by Susan Granger
2½ stars out of 4

Every summer needs its monster movie - think "Jaws" - and this one has the added comedic touch of David E. Kelley, creator of TV's "Ally McBeal," "Chicago Hope," "L.A. Law," and "The Practice." Bridget Fonda stars as a paleontologist who is sent from museum in New York City to a tranquil lake in Maine to verify a shard, a supposed fossil, which turns out to be a tooth from a primitive, mysterious predator who has killed a member of the Fish & Game department. That's where Bill Pullman comes in. He's the perennially cool Fish & Game Warden. Right away, there's friction because she's not only annoyingly phobic about the wilderness but she's also arrogantly embittered about men and love. Then there's Oliver Platt, a rich, wacky, world-renown mythology professor, and Brendan Gleeson, the irascible sheriff. These neurotic, off-beat, disparate characters band together to discover what's devouring not only the wildlife but people - on land and in Black Lake. It turns out to be a 30-foot crocodile that has migrated to New England and been adopted as "a pet who lives in the wild" by a local eccentric, played by Betty White. The elusive reptile is terrifyingly realistic - thanks to the special effects creativity of Stan Winston ("Aliens," "Jurassic Park"). Producer/writer David E. Kelley and director Steve Miner (sequels 2 & 3 of "Friday the 13th," "Halloween: H20") supply enough absurdly inventive satire, derived from the eclectic characters, to keep what could have been a prosaic horror/thriller afloat. But the title is a bit misleading - this has absolutely nothing to do with the summer tourist haven of Lake Placid, New York. On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "Lake Placid" is a gruesome but surprising 6. It's a hip, caustic creature-feature with an unexpectedly snappy, comedic bite.

Copyright 2000 Susan Granger

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