The Number Two Review

Boxing Helena (1993)

Episode #14

MGM brought Boxing Helena hit theaters on September 3, 1993; grossing $1.7M worldwide. Jennifer Lynch directed the thriller which starred Julian Sands, Sherilyn Fenn, and Bill Paxton.

Boxing Helena 30-Second Summary

Boxing Helena begins with a high society party. A young Nick Cavanaugh walks through the crowd where he finds his mother having sexual relations with a man. His reaction shows that Nick has serious Mommy issues.

A coffin next lowers into the ground, and a now grown up Nick (Julian Sands) is unmoved by his Mother’s passing. He answers a call from the hospital where he’s a surgeon instead of mourning her.

Later, at a bar with, Dr. Lawrence Augustine (Art Garfunkel), Nick spots a woman he had a one-night stand with. He is weirded out by it, and as a result, he makes Dr. Augustine leave with him.

The woman, Helena (Sherilyn Fenn), haunts Nick. One day while jogging in his neighborhood, Nick spots Helena’s car. Instead of heading back home to his girlfriend, Anne (Betsy Clark), Nick climbs a tree, and peeps on Helena. From the tree top, Nick watches Ray (Bill Paxton) have sex with her.

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One Comment

  1. I’m not sure who the reviewer is with the tinge of a southern accent – but he seems more focused on Kurtwood Smith’s eyebrows then trying to understand the theme of this film, which by the sound of it, went completely over his head (apparently he thinks ‘hipsters’ like this film which is such an absurd generalization that I stopped giving his opinion any sort of merit.)

    Just my two cents, but don’t bother giving a review of a film if you can only focus on surface subjects.

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