Less Than Zero
But don't go thinking we're going to hear the story. Because, really, I think it's much more important to see what Travis is up to right now, don't you? He's taking photographs of his "art," which is amusing, as his "art" is merely reproductions of other photos and images. He seems to derive his inspiration from Xerox, not Picasso. Jones comes stumbling in, demanding to talk to him. Travis tells her he's busy, so she gets his attention by ripping off part of his huge image of Naomi. He's not particularly perturbed, as his "art" is so easily reproduced simply by pressing Control-P. Jones storms over to Oil Derrick's bedroom and tosses open the door. Oil Derrick is reading a book in bed, and Jones imperiously declares that he raped Naomi in high school, and used her and Travis in order to rape her again. Oil Derrick doesn't even get angry at the accusation. He smiles an oily little smile and says they all could use a drink as he gets out of bed. But for once, booze won't soothe Jones. She says she talked to somebody who was there. Oil Derrick inquires who that might be; Jones explains that the clerk told her all about it. Oil Derrick points out that she was taking the word of a complete stranger who had heard something in passing. You know, that mysterious "gossip" thing. So many layers to this film.
Finally, Oil Derrick admits that he did date Naomi in school. He claims that, one night, they had finally decided to take the plunge. But then she freaked out about it. He reminds Jones that she's met Naomi and knows she's not the most stable person. Well, yeah, but Goldie Hawn is her mother. I think that might make anybody a little off-kilter. He insists that he didn't rape her, and that plenty of women would be perfectly happy to sleep with him, as if rape has anything to do with somebody's ability to get laid. Then he turns total greaseball and inquires as to whether Jones was having second thoughts, too, knowing full well that she enjoyed their sexcapades. Jones, however, having yet to partake of the drinks Oil Derrick is mixing, is still in her wary anti-rich mode as she points out that Derrick never answered her question, although actually he did insist that he didn't rape Naomi.