It is a strange twisting plot, but the acting of Foster and Lithgow is, as usually, excellent.
The main reason I bought this movie is because Lithgow is in it , and I think Foster is one of the best. The music is great, and the whole experience is bizarre.
I think she did a good job for what she had to work with, which was a pretty dull script. The costuming and sets were all pretty top notch, as was most of the acting. John Lithgow, who played her husband, did a good job, in that he gave me the creeps. There was pretty good chemistry between she and her brother in law, making you believe they could have a thing goin' on.
An orphaned New Zealand girl married to an older, wealthy businessman learns to deal with his strange sexual desires.
There are so many problems with Mesmerized, it is difficult to decide just where to begin with them. This was a very poor screenplay with stilted dialog, zero character development & the plot drags like a stubborn mule. To sum it up, this film is dull, slow-paced and pretentious. This movie suffered from poor cinematography with dulled-out color & poor lighting. Jody Foster also served as co-producer.
Whatever happened behind the scenes with Mesmerized, it is clear that Jodie Foster bears culpability for much of this film's awfulness. She gave what was quite possibly the single worst performance in her acting career thus far. Throughout the entire movie, Foster's eyes have the glazed look that is so typical of cocaine users.. This is interesting in light of the fact that in December 1983, she was arrested and charged with possession of a small amount of cocaine. She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year's probation and had to pay the costs of court.
I really like Jody Foster but this is her worst. Don't waste your time or your money.