September 30, 1996 12:00 PM

Halle Berry, Christopher McDonald

Sometimes the audience watching a movie is itself more entertaining than what’s onscreen. That was certainly the case with this spindly woman-in-distress thriller. The movie, lousy though it is, sure got the audience hollering.

Berry, playing the titular spouse, finds herself implicated in the murder of her husband (McDonald) after he is gunned down by a hopped-up psychopath (Peter Greene). “She’s so skinny!” grumbled a woman as Berry sashayed about in a skimpy dress. “What’s with the toe ring?” One suspects that Berry, decent in past supporting roles, wanted a shot at carrying a big picture. Bad call. Rich Man isn’t worth shouldering. (R)

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