What do you get when you combine Single White Female with Basic Instinct? A whole lot of sexually awkward scenes and more lingerie than you can fit into a Victoria’s Secret bag during its semi-annual sale.
This is what Chloe is on its face: A showcase for Amanda Seyfried to play a beautiful big-eyed, innocent-on-the surface hooker whose attraction to co-star Julianne Moore produces a rare sexual trifecta — or as one critic said exiting the theater after a recent L.A. press screening “a trisexual role.”
Director Atom Egoyan wastes little time in showing us what’s underneath Chloe’s (Seyfried) Sex and the City-esque attire as the film reveals itself for what it truly is: a thriller that gets stuck on its way to the payoff somewhere in Lesbian Stunt Casting Ville.
Moore plays an OBGYN named Catherine Stewart whose damaging insecurity is the driving force of the film. She is attracted to Chloe right from the start, when the pair have a strange yet touching meeting in the ladies’ room while Catherine’s husband David (Liam Neeson) entertains friends with a game of Spot the Hooker. Chloe, meanwhile, senses something in Catherine at the same time, as she tries to pass off a hairpin to express her gratitude to the woman she just met.