John Polson (2002)

12 Certificate
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Our Score
While the over-20s may have seen it all before, this Fatal Attraction for teenagers will have its target audience on the edge of their seats. A tautly paced and sharply executed thriller, it reworks the familiar cycle of female obsession and revenge played out in such films as Dearly Devoted and The Crush. It's a cautionary tale, apparently unaware of its own clichés, as new-girl-in-town Madison Bell (a nail-bitingly vile Erika Christensen) unleashes her fury on handsome high-school swimming champ Ben Cronin (Jesse Bradford) when she realises her affection for him is unrequited. Despite the obvious plot, what viewers won't anticipate is just how nasty Madison gets - Glenn Close's Alex was a mere pussycat compared to this nightmare incarnate. The conclusion, too, is as dark as they come, adding a final twist to an intelligent and non-patronising chiller that treats adolescents like emotionally aware young adults rather than game-fixated children.


A high-school student and budding professional sportsman finds his idyllic life turned upside down by the arrival of a new classmate. She uses her considerable charms to seduce him, but when he fails to respond to her overtures a second time, she resorts to less subtle tactics to grab his attention. Thriller, starring Jesse Bradford, Erika Christensen, Shiri Appleby, Kate Burton and Clayne Crawford.

Cast & Crew

Ben Cronin Jesse Bradford
Madison Bell Erika Christensen
Amy Shiri Appleby
Carla Cronin Kate Burton
Josh Clayne Crawford
Randy Jason Ritter
Coach Simkins Dan Hedaya
Rene Kia Joy Goodwin
Director John Polson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: IconGuidance: Violence, sex scenes.Available on: video and DVD