Preposterous plotting and mindless character motivation weigh The Bedroom Window down like a pair of cement shoes. It starts off with reasonable premise: A cheating couple get caught in secretions of their own making. While witnessing a violent sex attack, the married socialite fears exposure of her illicit night. Her window intervention helps scare the attacker off, but shreds of guilt annoy her like lingering particles of food from a bad meal lodged between her teeth. The plot turns on her minor pangs of conscience. Perhaps, given enough time and film, character motivation could have slowly built to the point where The Bedroom Window takes us, but it's not recorded on this film. The lover takes a serious misstep in cavalier fashion and sets in motion a whirlpool of events. Even a noir novice could predict the outcome from twenty yards away in the dark without the aid of contact lenses.
Likeable Steve Guttenberg never seems right for a noir fall guy or an action
hero. His Terry Lambert may be patently stupid, but another actor may have found ways of
communicating some redeeming character traits. This guy plays to the fifth power of dull. French
femme fatale Isabelle Huppert does her best to get her tongue around the noir idiom. She's a cold
fish all right, but she fails to ignite any sparks with Guttenberg. Not a big surprise. Elizabeth
McGovern is the victim turned girl investigator. Throw in a couple of plodding detectives and one
sinister looking rapist on the prowl and the cast wades its way through the murky waters of The
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