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A successful asset manager, who has just received a huge promotion, is blissfully happy in his career and in his marriage. But when a temp worker starts stalking him, all the things he's worked so hard for are placed in jeopardy.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 4.6/10 (13,004 voted)

Critic's Score: 25/100

Director: Steve Shill

Stars: Beyoncé Knowles, Idris Elba, Ali Larter

Derek Charles is a hard working man, employed as a asset manager in a private company. He is very happy with his beautiful wife, Sharon, and only son, and because of his hard work he just got a huge promotion. But suddenly he gets a temporary worker who is both attractive and smart, and Derek is understandably impressed with her and also finds himself physically drawn to her. However, this new girl is desperate to get close to him - at any cost.

Idris Elba - Derek
Beyoncé Knowles - Sharon
Ali Larter - Lisa
Jerry O'Connell - Ben
Bonnie Perlman - Marge
Christine Lahti - Reese
Nathan Myers - Kyle
Nicolas Myers - Kyle
Matthew Humphreys - Patrick
Scout Taylor-Compton - Samantha
Richard Ruccolo - Hank
Bryan Ross - Security Man
Nelson Mashita - Doctor
Bruce McGill - Joe Gage
Ron Roggé - Roger

Taglines: Beware the obsession. Resist the obsession. Escape the obsession.


Official Website: Official site | Sony |

Release Date: 24 April 2009

Filming Locations: 2345 Midlothian Dr, Altadena, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $28,612,730 (USA) (26 April 2009) (2514 Screens)

Gross: $68,032,027 (USA) (7 June 2009)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The backless red dress that Lisa wears to the hotel (and on the film's poster) was sewn from scratch, using design elements the actress playing her liked from different dresses considered for that sequence. The rest of the garments used in the film were store-bought.

Continuity: In the scene where Derek and Lisa are eating at the bar before the Christmas party, Lisa approaches the bar and her watch is on her right wrist. When she is shown in later scenes, the watch is on her left wrist.

Sharon Charles: [from trailer] I knew it would come to this.

User Review

Unintentionable comedy

Rating: 2/10

So when I first saw the trailer for Obsessed, I have to admit I was curious to see this, even though the "fatal attraction" story has been used five million times before, it's always interesting to see what the new fresh writer is going to do with it. Obsessed could have been so much more and offered a lot to the table but instead turned out to be a Lifetime movie of the week. There are so many problems with this movie, it's not even funny... oh, wait actually it was, which I'll explain in a minute. But trust me when I say that this movie had me laughing so hard. Now, I don't want to sound strange or wrong, I'm a white woman and even I found this movie not only to be sexist, but racist as well. We have a black family who actually are very successful, well bred, beautiful, smart and nice people, but somehow Beyonce turns ghetto in the end. This movie needs so much work, it's honestly ridicules, let me tell you about the story before I tell you all that's wrong with it.

Derek Charles is the Executive Vice President of Gage Bendix and has resulted in a recent promotion. He is happily married to his wife, Sharon, with a son, Kyle. However, when a new temp, Lisa begins to flirt with him. Lisa eventually attempts to seduce him, but he repeatedly rejects her advances. Lisa becomes obsessed and begins to manipulate Derek and Sharon's relationship, eventually becoming violent. Lisa fakes a suicide in Derek's hotel room while he is on a business trip. Meanwhile, Detective Reese interrogates Lisa, who lies about her relationship with Derek. While Derek and Sharon are out, Lisa goes to their home and convinces the babysitter to let her in, eventually escaping with Kyle while the babysitter is distracted. Derek goes to the car, intending to pursue Lisa, and finds Kyle in the backseat with lipstick from Lisa on his forehead. They set up a home alarm system, but at this point nothing is going to stop Lisa from getting what she wants.

This is one of the worst movies of the year; why? I never really found Ali Larter to be that threatening, everything happened so fast with her obsession, I didn't get her motive or history on why she might possibly be obsessed with this man. Idris Elba who plays the husband, Derek, is completely whipped. Now granted I know they were trying to make him into a nice husband, but did they go far or what? This man sent flowers to his wife every week, isn't allowed to go to a basketball game with a friend, is not allowed to have female assistants, pretty much hide in the corner at the company Christmas party so his wife won't jump on him at home. Beyonce Knowles, who plays his wife, Sharon, I had no sympathy for her character what-so-ever. This woman has major jealousy issues and we never know why, she mentions that he once was a player up till he met her, but it's never indicated that he ever cheated on her, so why in the heck is she so incredibly jealous? Also when she finds out that Lisa attempted suicide in Derek's bed, she won't even hear his side of the story, not only that, the house he paid for, she throws him out for THREE MONTHS! God, I want know what happens to him if he doesn't do the dishes, does he have to sleep in the back yard? I have to talk about the ending, I'm sorry, so if I haven't already spoiled the movie enough don't read on.

The ending: we go from the story being about Derek and this crazy woman who has insane fantasies about them having an affair... stepping in the right direction. But then all of a sudden, Lisa breaks into their home and lays herself in their bed and Sharon, the wife, catches her, instead of being rational and calling the police, it goes into "it's all about Beyonce" mode and she's shouting out one liners just to please the audience. The girls take the ultimate beating and somehow are still able to land on their feet, for God's sake they have 105 lb. Ali Larter swinging a two by four at Beyonce! Then after Sharon kills Lisa, she walks out of the house all bloody and the detective and husband come, as he holds her we pause on Beyonce's face while her song is playing... hmm, subtle on the promotion there, she's a secondary character for goodness's sake! Also one other thing I have to spoil is that Lisa puts a roofie in Derek's drink and seduces him in some way... what was the purpose of this scene? It never comes up again or had any purpose, if it's supposed to be threatening, not so much. The detective was also a stupid addition to the story, she is the most incompetent detective ever. Just everything about this movie didn't work, pointless characters, no backrounds, no thrills, chills or suspense, save your money.


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