Time: 82 mins.
One of the things I love about cable is you get the chance to watch movies for free that you know are probably going to suck, which is why you didn't pay in the first place. Of course, some films surprise you and are actually good. LAKE PLACID isn't one of them. You may be wondering why I even bothered to watch it in the first place, wasting valuable hours of my life. Well, I have to say that I was somewhat intrigued because of the cast. I knew the story was going to blow it's about a man-eating crocodile after all but I figured there had to be something redeeming about the script to make this group of actors agree to be in it.
Granted Pullman, Fonda and Platt aren't exactly A-listers, but they've all had fairly decent careers and roles in major projects worthy of their talent. Maybe they all saw this as the horror film that would jump start their careers, like ANACONDA did for Jennifer Lopez. If they had seen ANACONDA maybe they wouldn't have climbed onboard so quickly. How Lopez survived that film with a career intact is a miracle. The three leads can only hope to be so lucky. This film is painful to watch from start to finish. I can't imagine they needed the money that badly as to think this film was worth their time. The only cast member to come out looking good is Betty White, who plays a bitter, foul-mouthed woman who's happy the croc is living in the lake.
The film begins with a mysterious murder in a local lake in Maine. Kelly Scott (Fonda), a paleontologist from New York City, is sent by her boss to identify a tooth pulled from what was left of the body. She's sent against her will she's not a field agent to appease the guilt of her boss, whom she was recently dating until he broke up with her to date her best friend and co-worker. A self-proclaimed city girl, she makes her opinions of the "wild" Maine countryside apparent with every word that comes out of her mouth. She is one of the most annoying characters to play a romantic lead I have ever seen. I kept hoping the alligator would eat her just to shut her up. I don't care how smart and pretty she was, no one would fall in love with someone like that. The only reason Pullman's character does is because she's one of the only women in the film.