A poor man's Poison Ivy
, this is stock erotica gussied up with a top-shelf cast, name-brand director, soft-focus lighting and contemporary, often translucent set designs. Otherwise, it's a Skinemax refugee whose art house aspirations cannot compensate for a hammy, surprisingly tepid script that is high on titillation but low on dramatic tension. When Catherine (Julianne Moore), a Toronto-based gynecologist, suspects her husband, David (Liam Neeson), of cheating, frustration leads her to enlist the services of a call girl, Chloe (Amanda Seyfried), to seduce him and report back her findings. This is a return of sorts for director Atom Egoyan to the voyeuristic, sex thriller roots of his breakout film, Exotica
. Likewise, screenwriter—and former Duke professor—Erin Cressida Wilson rehashes the prurience found in the more interesting script she wrote for Secretary
. Ultimately, however, the story here is one that begins benignly before turning trashy and, finally, just plain silly.