Our Rating: ★★☆☆☆
L Factor: Minor lesbian content
Short Take: A reporter is investigating a series of killings, but when she goes missing, can her news crew save her?
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Year: 2004
Duration: 92 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: R
Director: Dan Mintz
Writer: Jack Moore, Jeff Ritchie
Starring: Annabella Sciorra, Cary Elwes, Kip Pardue, Rachael Leigh Cook

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American CrimeJesse (Rachael Leigh Cook, Blow Dry) is a reporter investigating a series of killings with her news crew. The killer videotapes his victims while he stalks and then murders them. The team receives a copy of a videotape containing footage of Jesse and her producer Jane (Annabella Sciorra, King of the Jungle) kissing. Jesse immediately moves several hundred miles away to apparent safety, and the tape disappears.

The entire story is presented in the context of a documentary for the real crime television show American Crime, and a reporter from that show continues the investigation.

Later Jane is fired from the station after offering a female interviewee a neck massage and then touching her breasts. Jane joins the American Crime crew to rescue Jesse after she is abducted, before she herself becomes a target of the stalker’s tapes. Can they find Jesse, and who is the stalker?

This is one of those films in which you have to wonder about the purpose of the lesbian content. Why in the world would Jane, a successful television producer, start touching a woman she didn’t know so inappropriately before an interview, and what does that have to do with anything else in the story? The impression of her relationship with Jesse was also presented as if Jane were the older woman taking advantage of the younger, naïve Jesse. (AB)