This 1992 Spanish-American co-production – presumably picked up for video release because of the overnight celebrity status won for Teri Hatcher by television's Lois and Clark (and later, after a long interregnum, revived with Desperate Housewives) – is an oddity.
It begins like a cross between a teen movie and a Blake Edwards sex comedy, with Brian (Zach Galligan from Gremlins ) merrily pursuing his lifestyle as reckless womaniser and hip expert on blues music.
Brian is engaged to Linda (Hatcher) who soon learns of his prolific infidelity. Enlisting her goofy girlfriends – real estate agent Kim (Lara Harris) and aspiring actor Sharon (Tracy Griffith) – Linda decides to tie Brian up for an indefinite period and teach him a lesson or three.
At this point the laughter stops dead and All Tied Up becomes a kinky Almodóvar tribute.
Excruciating tortures are inflicted on our reactionary hero in the name of feminist revenge. An unbilled Patrick Bergin pops in, sporting a Louise Brooks wig as if auditioning for Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994).
Linda even seems to have a faintly lesbian vibe going with Kim – that is, until a "warm, sensitive and nurturing" cop shows up at the door to divert the latter's affections.
Director John Mark Robinson (who previously made the creditable genre-pieces Roadhouse 66  and Kid , but has done nothing since) eventually attempts to re-introduce a measure of sanity. But the resolution of this strange sex war harbours an all too familiar double standard. While it is perverse and disturbing for a woman to tie up a man, the reversal of this game is treated as perfectly reasonable. Linda may scream, "What gives you the right to harass me?" but smirking Brian has the show-stopping answer: "Love".
© Adrian Martin October 1994