Adrien Williams (Lori Heuring) has spent time at a psychiatric hospital coming to terms with a troubled past. Nearly recovered, she begins a new job on the staff of a posh country club. Though she is looking for a quiet life, the “in crowd” at the club does not overlook her beauty. These wealthy young people are led by Brittany (Susan Ward), their charismatic leader, who takes Adrien under her wing, showing her the ropes of a privileged life. When Brittany’s boyfriend, tennis pro Matt Curtis, takes an interest in Adrien, she perceives a threat to her ranking as leader of the group. And this reveals Brittany’s sinister side.
There are only so many dramatic themes upon which a writer can draw. Perhaps the most exploited and repetitious genre is the erotic psychological thriller. How can a writer, director and cast freshen up the beauty-who’s-really-a-nutcase thriller? I’m not sure anyone associated with this production asked that question, let alone attempted to answer it. Lacking in subtlety, dimension or suspense, “The In Crowd” will most likely appeal to adolescent males hoping to see young women in very little clothing. I think even they will be disappointed.