Jennifer Eight (1992)

Genres - Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Thriller, Whodunit  |   Release Date - Nov 6, 1992 (USA)  |   Run Time - 127 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Matthew Tobey

After his critically acclaimed debut, Withnail & I, and his disturbingly odd sophomore effort, How to Get Ahead in Advertising, audiences were surely expecting some sort of offbeat comedy from filmmaker Bruce Robinson. But having in mind the fact that he'd written the scripts for dramatic fare like The Killing Fields and Fat Man and Little Boy likely didn't prepare moviegoers for this by-the-book serial-killer thriller. With enough chemistry between Andy Garcia and Uma Thurman to keep one interested in the characters, a compelling little performance by John Malkovich (who seems like he's doing someone a favor by taking on such a small role), and an ample amount of tense "Is the killer there?" moments, Jennifer Eight is certainly an acceptable accompaniment to a comfortable couch and a bowl of popcorn. Just don't expect to ever think about the movie again without someone reminding you that you saw it.