The Horror Honeys: 'Jagged Edge': Murder, Passion, Jeff Bridges, Horses!

'Jagged Edge': Murder, Passion, Jeff Bridges, Horses!

A Revenge Honey Erotic Thriller November Review with Linnie

Jagged Edge (1985)

I've never made any secret about the fact that I have no use for Fatal Attraction. But you know who I do love? Glenn Close. I think she's one of our greatest living actresses, and prior to Fatal Attraction, she'd already proven her skill in The Big Chill, The World According to Garp, and The Natural. In fact, prior to Fatal Attraction, Close was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscars for all three of the aforementioned movies. It just happened to be Fatal Attraction that finally brought this dynamo into the Lead Actor spotlight. And for that, I will always be grateful to Adrian Lyne's stupid movie.

Because Richard Marquand's Jagged Edge was not going to be the movie to do that for Glenn Close. And all the shots of Jeff Bridges being hot and playing with horses couldn't save a movie that wins November's award for "Movie I Wanted to Love, but Just... Didn't."

The Story: San Francisco heiress Page Forrester is violently murdered in her beach home, and her husband Jack (Bridges) seems every part the grieving widower, though he is quickly charged with the crime, because husband. Jack hires former criminal attorney Teddy Barnes (Close) to defend him, despite the fact Teddy hasn't tried a criminal case in years. As Teddy struggles with whether or not Jack is innocent, she also falls in love with him. But as violent crimes similar to the attack on Page get discovered, Teddy must decide which is more important: justice... OR LOVE?

Or Jeff Bridges' sexy 80s face.
Written by Joe Eszterhas, who I have MORE than made clear I also have no use for, Jagged Edge is actually his least idiotic erotic thriller. On the surface, it mostly makes sense. My biggest issue with the plot is that I find it hard to believe any self-respecting criminal defense attorney would fall so easily in to bed with a client she's defending over the possible murder of his wife. But then, I looked at Jeff Bridges and thought... Oh, well. Obviously.

Let's turn to Against All Odds Jeff Bridges for his take...
You also can't argue that the cast of Jagged Edge isn't pretty spectacular. Close, Bridges, Lance Henriksen, and Peter Coyote (who I think was required to star in every erotic thriller from the 80s and 90s or you were fined) are all capable and sell the material well. A bonus appearance from Robert Loggia as Teddy's foul-mouthed PI is really one of the highlights of the movie, as Loggia is great in just about everything.

Wait. Did I spell his name right? Let's check.

Okay, we're good. Moving on.

Oh my god! It's Robert Loggia!
All of the pieces are there, meaning Jagged Edge should be a better movie. And it's entertaining enough, but when we get to the end, and the final giant twist was revealed, I was left empty. There has been a bit of Hollywood lore circling about this movie for decades, claiming that a secret alternate ending existed, in which the killer is different. Frankly, I wish that were true. As it stands, I'm not sure anything quite lines up, which means that the last thing you see before you shut the film off is an ending that makes you say, "Wait... what?" This isn't a great way to feel when you're walking away from an erotic thriller.

But still... Jeff Bridges.
Jagged Edge isn't the worst erotic thriller I've ever seen; I just wanted a lot more from it. 

Throughout Erotic Thriller month, we are going to be working on a far more stringent rating scale than usual. That means that if I REALLY like a film, it will probably get a three star rating. If I love a film, four stars. If I want to take a movie behind the middle school and get it pregnant, that's a five star rating right there. So with that in mind, Jagged Edge gets:

Erotic Thriller Rating: 2 dropped panties out of 5

Jagged Edge is available via iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube VOD, Vudu, Google Play, & blu-ray/DVD

Would you make terrible decisions for Jeff Bridges?
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