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R: ARCHIVE, S: REVIEWS, D: 09/12/1996,


But not, unfortunately, gagged. To find a film flaunting as many egregious clichés as Larry and Andy Wachowski's Bound you'd have to sink to the depths of Showgirls, the catastrophe Gina Gershon was involved in previous to this. It's a pity Gershon has been the victim of such rotten material; she has a wry presence and a sly half-smile that indicates she's a lot smarter than her agent, or whoever it is who lines up these horrible projects for her.

Here she's Corky, a tough lesbian ex-con who's not afraid to get her hands dirty. Fresh out of the joint, she's given a job to rehab a vacant apartment by a mob acquaintance. Things get complicated when she runs into next-door neighbor Violet, who's played by Jennifer Tilly as the busty Betty Boop femme to Gershon's Buster Brown butch. They indulge in the voyeuristically obligatory lovemaking, then plot to rob Violet's boyfriend, Ceasar (Joe Pantoliano sounding like one of the SNL bunch talking about "duh Bears"), a mob-money launderer (not only does he launder it, he irons it, too).

What follows is preposterous, convoluted, dull, and peppered with hardboiled lines like "I can fuck someone I just met. But to steal? I need to know someone like I know myself." Bound for video. Screens Saturday at the Kendall Square at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m., and on Sunday at noon and 2:30 p.m.

-- Peter Keough