DR. JEKYLL AND MS. HYDE
As a comedic sex-change variant on the story, Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde proves amiable if never particularly inventive. Its comic moves are all variations on Tim Daly undergoing sexual transformation at the most inopportune moments in a restaurant during a job interview, while making out with his boss or his fiancée misinterpreting things and thinking he has developed a penchant for crossdressing, bondage or has taken up with another woman. Sean Young has a lot of fun in the Hyde part, strutting to bitchy excess. All the supporting actors are typecast to a single-note caricature Stephen Tobolowsky as a middle-aged nerd, Jeremy Piven as an insensitive jerk and Harvey Fierstein as a flamboyantly gay man in roles that only exist as comic fodder.
Ultimately, Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde seems less like a comedic version of Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde than it does a comic take on The Temp (1993), which was about a woman usurping a mans place in the office, gradually using her sexual wiles and killing her way up the totem pole. Even in a comedic way, Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde taps into the feminist backlash politics of Fatal Attraction (1987) where the woman has been demonized in relation to the man the man is seen as good and decent, the woman as evil and scheming. As evidence of her evil, she is even a smoker!
Director David F. Prices two previous genre outings were Son of Darkness: To Die For II (1991) and Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice/ Children of the Corn II: Deadly Harvest (1992).
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