Wild Things was edgy and controversial when
it was released in the late 1990s, though it is fairly tame by today’s standards.
Although the reasons Wild Things was successful on initial release don’t
pack the same punch, it does hold up as a campy take on the film noir genre.
There are more twists than the plot seems capable of containing, until it
almost becomes predictable. Kevin Bacon called the screenplay "the
trashiest thing he had ever read" before becoming an executive producer
and agreeing to co-star, highlighting the way exploitative elements were
celebrated from the beginning.