Marion Hart
April 03, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

Female Perversions

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Amy Madigan, Tilda Swinton
director
Susan Steitfeld
genre
Erotic, Drama

We gave it a C

This feminist tract in designer clothing would be a whole lot more successful (it barely made a ripple in theaters last April) if Barbara Kruger-esque maxims (”In a perversion there is no freedom, only a rigid conformity to a gender stereotype”) didn’t keep intruding on an otherwise titillating look at the life of a ballsy attorney.

Female Perversions would have us believe that Swinton’s Eve is laboring under the yoke of societal repression when all we see is a gorgeous trial lawyer spending her days nailing white-collar criminals and her nights having hot sex with men (Clancy Brown) and women (Karen Sillas). If we’ve learned anything from sexual-harassment scandals — Kathleen Willey’s post-60 Minutes credibility problem the latest case in point — it’s avoid sending mixed signals. C

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