We were confident that no Defoe adaptation could possibly be worse than 1965's THE AMOROUS ADVENTURES OF MOLL FLANDERS, a feeble, sniggering TOM JONES rip-off starring a miscast Kim Novak and directed by the king of British hacks, Terence Young. We were wrong. Only loosely
based on the novel, this turgid, thoroughly banal costume picture is writer/director Pen Densham's idea of a feminist message movie. It's PC to a fault: Morgan Freeman is shoehorned in as evidence of Densham's noble worldview, and Defoe's canny, ruthless Moll (Robin Wright) is reduced to a bundle
of New Age clichés about women who run with wolves in search of selfhood. Needless to say, every trac...