The River Wild Meryl Streep uses her toned arms and tawny, rippling thighs to do more than ride the rapids. She acts with them; she sits astride her… The River Wild Meryl Streep uses her toned arms and tawny, rippling thighs to do more than ride the rapids. She acts with them; she sits astride her… R Action/Adventure Mystery and Thriller Kevin Bacon Joseph Mazzello Meryl Streep John C. Reilly David Strathairn
Movie Review

Movie Review: 'The River Wild' (1994)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Rated: R; Genres: Action/Adventure, Mystery and Thriller; With: Kevin Bacon, Joseph Mazzello and Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep uses her toned arms and tawny, rippling thighs to do more than ride the rapids. She acts with them; she sits astride her raft like the feisty queen of the jocks. Yet even with Streep to hold The River Wild together, the film is a cheesy, plot-hole-riddled thriller. Streep and David Strathairn play an unhappily married couple who take their 10-year-old son on a rafting trip in the sun-dappled Northwest, where they bump into a pair of leering nogoodniks (Kevin Bacon and John C. Reilly). Before the film reaches its white-water climax, which is photographed to make the audience experience every queasy bump and plunge, we have to sit through 90 minutes of draggy TV-movie melodrama. C+

Originally posted Oct 21, 1994 Published in issue #245 Oct 21, 1994 Order article reprints
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