Magazine article Variety

Pic Features All That Paz

Magazine article Variety

Pic Features All That Paz

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Pic Features All That Paz

Beautiful A Twitted

Movie; Lifetime, Sat. Jan. 31.8 p.m

Director: Chris Zalla

Starring: Rob Lowe. Paz Vega. Candice Bergen

Being unabashedly trashy can be pretty entertaining, and Lifetime takes the plunge - a little too hard in places - with "Beautiful & Twisted." A ripped-from-the-headlines tale of sex and murder, this fact-based story - about the comicbook-loving heir to a hotel fortune who married, and was murdered by a stripper - is produced by and stars Rob Ixtwe, but it's Paz Vega's turn as a beyond-soap-opera femme fatale that should have people buzzing. Seemingly cognizant of its camp qualities, the movie finally can't sustain its initial energy, and the violence proves needlessly graphic. Not that those shortcomings will detract from its appeal.

Lowe plays Ben Novack Jr,, who grew up surrounded by the opulence provided by his family's ownership of Miami Beach's Fountainebleau Hotel, and narrates his own sordid tale from beyond the grave. Like many a rich man, he's undone by an alluring woman - in this case, Vega's Narcy, and struck by the proverbial thunderbolt when he first espies her swinging on a pole.

As crafted in a script credited to a quartet of writers, working from "material" assembled by a Miami Herald reporter for a book, their exaggerated courtship is filled with moments of disarming humor. When Ben meets Narcy, for example, who introduces herself as Kitty, he responds, "What's your name when you have your clothes on?"

But soon enough, the relationship begins to sour. Before it's over, Ben's mom (Candice Bergen) has met an untimely end (originally ruled an accident), and he's taken to wearing a bulletproof vest, although he remains so smitten with Narcy he can't resist her whenever she saunters past him. …

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