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The main character in The Last Seduction is an extension of the Barbara Stanwyck femme fatale from the 1940's. In the half-century since then, films featuring "the scheming woman and her innocent dupe" have become a genre, or at least a sub-genre of film noir. They generally require suggestive banter and plenty of deceptions, and this film makes the grade, but where it varies from the formula is that the femme fatale (Linda Fiorentino) never pretends to be nice or weak. Unlike, for example, Kathleen Turner in Body Heat, a similar actress in a similar film, Linda never tries to make the innocent small-town patsy think that she is good or that someone is trying to hurt her. Quite to the contrary, Fiorentino shocks the "mark" with her amoral behavior and her complete lack of human compassion. He finds out that she is a crazy, uncaring, psychotic bitch, but he still wants her. Why? She offers him a special deal:

1) He is desperate for something bigger and better than the hand fate dealt him. She can deliver that.

2) She doesn't pretend to be innocent. She doesn't pretend to be vulnerable. Everyone else in her life knows she is a schemer. "Hi, are you still a lawyer?" "Yeah, are you still a self-serving bitch?" In fact, she pretends to be even more ruthless than she actually is, faking a murder at one point because part of her scheme requires the mark to believe that she is a murderer. He knows she is bad, but plays along because he thinks she needs him for the plan, and that their secrets will bind them together. In fact, she does need him for the plan, but not quite as he imagines.

3) She never pretends to love him, but she offers him fantastic sex, and delivers as much of it as needed to get his co-operation. After a time, he believes that this is enough.

"I don't do murder"

"You would if you loved me".

The plot is nothing especially innovative. In fact, it copies Body Heat very closely in that the femme fatale knows the deepest, darkest secret about the patsy's past, the patsy is unaware of her knowledge, and the secret is critical to the plan.

One effective innovation is that The Last Seduction exaggerates the characters so much that it adds a layer of black comedy to the usual serious noir atmosphere.  Early in their relationship, the patsy is trying to get her to open up and share with him because he wants more than the "designated fuck" status she has assigned him. She tries to tell him the truth about her crimes, but he thinks she is kidding, just making up fanciful stuff to avoid discussing her "real feelings".

The black humor is good, but that isn't what makes the film work. It is Fiorentino's character, self-described as "a total fucking bitch", so downright delicious and malicious and blatant in her schemes, that makes the film so entertaining from beginning to end.



What is the deal on Linda Fiorentino?
Men in Black - big hit - successful formula. She isn't invited back for the sequel, even though producers rarely tamper with a winning formula.

The Last Seduction - critical smash. She isn't invited back for the sequel, even though she is the very thing that made the film work in the first place.

This may explain:

Kevin Smith said she was a constant source of drama both during and after the filming of Dogma. He called her the biggest pain in the ass he ever worked with.