GenreCrime, Drama, Thriller Music directorTrevor Jones WriterDavid Koepp LanguageEnglish
Release dateMarch 9, 1990 CastRob Lowe (Alex), James Spader (Michael Boll), Lisa Zane (Claire), Marcia Cross (Ruth Fielding) Similar moviesUnlawful Entry, The Canyons, Knock Knock, Jamon Jamon, Body of Evidence, Sliver
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Bad Influence is a 1990 American thriller film directed by Curtis Hanson starring Rob Lowe and James Spader. In this noirish film, Spader plays a yuppie who meets a mysterious stranger (Lowe) who encourages him to explore his dark side. Bad Influence was the first original screenplay for which David Koepp received a sole screenplay credit. The film's villain is loosely based on a real person, a nomadic surfer who befriended executive producer Morrie Eisenman.
Michael, a shy, socially awkward doormat, meets the extroverted Alex, who teaches him to be assertive and take risks. Things go too far however, when they go on a drug-fueled crime spree and assault a coworker Michael dislikes. When Michael wants out, Alex takes it upon himself to convince Michael to reconsider his decision - one way or another.
Rob Lowe as Alex
James Spader as Michael Boll
Lisa Zane as Claire
Christian Clemenson as Pismo Boll
Marcia Cross as Ruth Fielding
Kathleen Wilhoite as Leslie
Grand L. Bush as Bartender
David Duchovny as Club Goer with Glasses
Perri Lister as Claire's Friend
Michael Kristick as Bouncer
Bianca Rossini as Bumped Woman
John de Lancie as Howard
Warren Stanhope as Banker
Lilyan Chauvin as Art Gallery Patron
Rosalyn Landor as Britt
Tony Maggio as Patterson
Palmer Lee Todd as Naked Woman
Sunny Smith as Waitress
Susan Lee Hoffman as Karen, Woman in Bar
Jeff Kaake as Willie, Man in Bar
Bad Influence received mixed to positive reviews from critics. It holds a 71% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 17 reviews.
Rob Lowe said in a 2017 interview it was the project in his career he did not feel got the attention it deserved. "It was really ahead of its time," he said. "I’m really proud of it... It’s sexy. It’s weird. It’s dark. The characters are great... It’s also a great snapshot of underground L.A. at the beginning of the ’90s. And yet it doesn’t feel dated."