The Accused (1988)

Dir: Jonathan Kaplan
Star: Jodie Foster, Kelly McGillis, Scott Paulin, Bernie Coulson

It’s tough to give this film a bad review without seeming unsympathetic to rape victims, but it has to be done even if it’s hard to convey just how loathsome it is. With a tediously obvious and laughable plot (a witness is traced by his name in a video game hi-score table!), its sensationalist nature makes it as much a serious film about rape as Fatal Attraction was a serious film about marital problems. The rape scene is leeringly shot and pointless since by the time it happens, you have no sympathy for the victim. Jodie Foster emotes a lot to minimal effect (a Sympathy Oscar if ever I saw one) and Kelly McGillis seemed to think she was still in Top Gun