Review: Paz de la Huerta gives a bare performance in ‘Nurse 3D’
Paz de la Huerta nude. If that’s all the information you need to see “Nurse 3D,” in which the coltish, pouty libertine born of art world exhibitionism and “Boardwalk Empire” notoriety plays a homicidal lesbian caretaker with an aversion to clothing, maybe your exploitation dreams have been met.
Otherwise, co-writer and director David Aarniokoski’s clunky, crude blotch of prurience and bloodletting is too self-satisfied with its wink-wink naughtiness to be either fun-dumb or scary-sexy. When De la Huerta’s Abigail, a one-woman healthcare crisis, isn’t spending her off hours luring extramaritally inclined men to their deaths, she’s obsessing over new nursing colleague Danni (Katrina Bowden) with a mixture of seduction, blackmail and cruel vengeance, although most of her “acting” resembles staring as if someone has food on his face.
On a mission to sexualize any innocuous line or gesture (who goes bottomless just for coffee?), De la Huerta too often turns carnality into something akin to a struggling comedian’s desire to always be “on.” Was she paid by the exposed inch of flesh?
Granted, with a knife in her hand, that dark thicket of a wig and a crazed expression, she affects a certain grindhouse pizazz, but not enough to make “Nurse 3D” worth your intensive care.
“Nurse 3D.” Running time: 1 hour, 24 minutes. Rated R for bloody violence, strong sexual content, language and graphic nudity. At AMC Block 30, Orange.
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