Principal among these is her obsessive determination to have Sara all to herself. So – in moods that range from the merely pushy to the wildly psychotic – Rebecca sets out to make life difficult, and ultimately dangerous, for anyone who might get in the way of such exclusivity.

As directed by Christian E. Christiansen, the proceedings thus initiated drag along sluggishly until an overheated climax.

Besides Tracy and Stephen – and, of course, poor little Cuddles – Rebecca’s list of targets eventually includes Professor Roberts (Billy Zane), Sara’s most distinguished instructor, whose high-flying academic reputation belies his predatory and adulterous interest in coeds.

As for another of her rivals, Sara’s glamorous fashion-industry mentor Irene (Danneel Harris), Rebecca finds that the best approach to victimizing her is to play on Irene’s lesbianism. In a scene calculated to please Stephen’s loutish fraternity brothers – and, more to the point, their ticket-buying real-life counterparts – we watch as the pair does a little necking in a nightclub ladies’ room before heading off to Irene’s place.

Don’t look, Cuddles!

The film contains bloodless but occasionally deadly mayhem, nongraphic nonmarital sexual activity, cohabitation, same-sex kissing, brief partial nudity, at least one use of profanity, about a dozen crude terms and a bit of crass language. The Catholic News Service classification is L – limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 – parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

Mulderig is on the staff of Catholic News Service. More reviews are available online.