Argento sizzles as the gorilla your dreams, B. Monkey--named for her ability to maneuver into tight places--who wants to give up crime for a stab at normalcy. In business with the dissipated Everett, Argento senses the highs are growing shorter and the emptiness deeper in their criminal partnership. Harris plays a grade-school teacher who could be her ticket out of the rackets.
Directed by Il Postino's Radford, it's La Femme Nikita without as many rubouts. But by commanding every scene she's in--sex and otherwise--Argento keeps Monkey from becoming a pallid rip-off. If you're wondering what star quality is all about, look no further.