Love is a tangled web of lies and deceit in the film Tangled (2001) which stars Rachael Leigh Cook as Jenny Kelley, the woman that both David and Alan (Shawn Hatosy and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, respectfully) love and will do anything for. When David is taken into custody after being hit by a car in the middle of nowhere, he tells Det. Anne Andersle (Lorraine Bracco) how he got to where he was by telling her how it all started with his meeting of Jenny. Jenny and he develop a quick friendship as they have some of the same classes at school but when his childhood friend Alan shows up at a party they are both at, everything changes. Alan is immediately smitten with Jenny and they start a love affair that turns David upside down but he knows what type of womanizing man Alan can be and soon realizes that his fears may tear Jenny apart if she discovers the truth.
Love hurts in this film as both David and Alan try their best to win over Jenny even as it continues to tear her apart until there is a breaking point and the three find themselves down a dark path in which none of them will survive unscathed.
This is a slow burning thriller as it takes its time to develop the characters and their relationships to one another and their descent down a dark road. This kind of thriller works because all of the actors do such a great job bringing their characters to life. The screenplay is by Jeffrey Lieber (with a screen story by Lieber, Michael Shapiro, and Shawn Simmons). The film is directed by Jay Lowi who does a great job keeping the film focused on these three characters for most of the running time of the film. There are a few twists and turns that keep the story fresh and unpredictable. I very good film for those looking for a young adult thriller.