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Careful What You Wish For (2015)

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A guy gets more than he bargained for after entering into an affair with the wife of an investment banker. Soon, a suspicious death and substantial life insurance policy embroil him in a scandal.

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Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum (as Elizabeth Allen)

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Chris Frisina
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Cast overview:
Nick Jonas ... Doug Martin
Kiki Harris ... Emily Martin
David Sherrill ... Brian Martin
Graham Rogers ... Carson
Paul Sorvino ... Sheriff Big Jack
John Driskell Hopkins ... Gus
Marc Macaulay ... Gordon
Isabel Lucas ... Lena Harper
Dermot Mulroney ... Elliot Harper
Jay Potter ... Richard
Kevin L. Johnson ... Rent a Cop (as Kevin Johnson)
Leon Pridgen Leon Pridgen ... Deputy Lem Kawalski (as J. Leon Pridgen II)
Kandyse McClure ... Angie Alvarez
Ross Gallo ... Lena's Lawyer
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A guy gets more than he bargained for after entering into an affair with the wife of an investment banker. Soon, a suspicious death and substantial life insurance policy embroil him in a scandal.

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Lust is the motive. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for some sexual content/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 2015 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

Careful What You Wish For See more »

Filming Locations:

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$82,230
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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In the sex scene after Doug and Lena break into the house, Lena is commando. It's evident she isn't wearing a bra, and Doug pulls off her white underwear. See more »

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Janice: So, it's not exactly the Ritz, but...
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Can't Stop Us Now
Written and Performed by Ken Korade
Published by Music Whirled Publishing (BMI)
Courtesy of Wild Whirled Music
All rights reserved
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Nick Gets Naked
9 May 2015 | by 3xHCCHSee all my reviews

Doug Martin is a local boy who gets attracted to Lena, the beautiful young woman who lived next door. Problem is she is married to a much older wealthy man who was shrouded in an aura of danger. Of course, his teenage hormones got the better of Doug when Lena encouraged his interest. But then, where there is an illicit affair, a violent payback will not be far behind.

This story has been told many times before. An young guy is seduced by a sexy married woman. This type of film is usually told from the woman's point of view like the recent Jennifer Lopez film "The Boy Next Door", though the point of view is reversed in this one. It also brought back memories of "A Night in Heaven" and "Private Lessons" shown back in the early 1980s. IMDb lists down at least 40 films with this steamy plot, mostly trashy B-flicks. This just goes to show that films like this that deal with adolescent sexual temptation will always be there to appeal to the baser instincts of viewers.

Isabel Lucas seems too young to play the femme-fatale Lena. She looks great to look at, a true seductress, that is, when she is not talking. When there are lines to deliver though, her limited acting skills show. It seems she has not really improved her craft since her similarly wooden big screen debut in "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen".

Dermot Mulroney, an all-around good guy in most of his old films, plays against type as Lena's sinister husband. It was good to see Paul Sorvino as the local policeman. Too bad these two veteran actors were underused in their limited scenes.

This film is clearly a showcase for Nick Jonas to signal his foray into more mature film roles. Director Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum, herself previously associated with teen-oriented films and TV shows like "Aquamarine" and "Gossip Girl", lovingly sets up her camera to capture her star Nick Jonas in his best angles, in various stages of undress for his teenage girl fans (old enough to watch R-rated films) to ogle at. To his credit, Jonas does register well on screen and he did do passably in the acting department.

Fresh from being slimed as emcee of the last Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, Nick Jonas may find it hard to escape his teen idol image at first. Mark Wahlberg has proved that that curse could be overcome. As for Jonas though, that still remains to be seen. 4/10.


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