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Boxing HelenaSoft-core trash with a tent-show hook. Dyspeptic British actor Julian Sands plays a nerd surgeon obsessed with the snooty vixen Helena (Sherilyn Fenn)....Boxing HelenaMystery and ThrillerRSoft-core trash with a tent-show hook. Dyspeptic British actor Julian Sands plays a nerd surgeon obsessed with the snooty vixen Helena (Sherilyn Fenn)....1993-09-17Bill PaxtonKurtwood SmithBill Paxton, Kurtwood Smith
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Boxing Helena

Genre: Mystery and Thriller; Starring: Sherilyn Fenn, Julian Sands, Bill Paxton, Kurtwood Smith; Director: Jennifer Lynch; Author: Jennifer Lynch; MPAA Rating: R

Soft-core trash with a tent-show hook. Dyspeptic British actor Julian Sands plays a nerd surgeon obsessed with the snooty vixen Helena (Sherilyn Fenn). When she’s hit by a car, he imprisons her in his mansion, amputating her legs and, eventually, her arms. Is the image of this ravishing torso misogynistic or merely mindless? Mostly the latter, as the film devolves into a languid duet between the scathingly contemptuous Fenn and the gawky, desperate Sands. Writer-director Jennifer Chambers Lynch tries to appropriate the voluptuous dream style of her father, David, but the result – erotomania as lurid camp – looks more like Psycho remade by Zalman (”Wild Orchid”) King. Fenn, at least, has a bitch-goddess verve. She makes you glad the movie didn’t star Kim Basinger or – horrors!-Madonna.