Thursday, November 07, 2013
Film Festival - 1/2 day
Breaking the Girls
Beauty and brains are a lethal combination in this sexy psychological thriller by director, Jamie Babbit (Itty Bitty Titty Committee and But I am a Cheerleader). The film centers on Sara, a twenty-something, ambitious, law student, who is supplementing her legal scholarship with a bartending gig. When fellow classmate Brooke sees Sara stealing from the tip jar, she ensures that the gorgeous strawberry-blond bartender is fired. On the same night, Sara meets Alex (Madeline Zima, Californication), a wild trust-fund beauty, who offers Sara a shoulder to cry on. As the friendship develops, the sexual sparks prove irresistible. As they discuss what to do about Brooke, Alex tells Sara about Nina, her gold-digging stepmother. When Alex casually suggests to Sara that all their problems would be solved if they killed each other's enemies, Sara shrugs off the suggestion as a joke, but then, somebody turns up dead. Reminiscent of Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train, Babbit has cooked up a plot so deliciously twisted and over-the-top, that once it’s in motion, it’s not clear where it’s going to lead.
Having already enjoyed "Itty Bitty Titty Committee" and "But I'm a Chearleader", I figured I'd enjoy this film too. Actually, I believe this film was my favorite of the 3. Very much like a Hitchcock film, the story has so many twists and turns that one has to continually recalibrate how one thinks the story will turn out. Production values were very high and I enjoyed it a lot. 4 out of 5 stars. Oh, and scruffy-faced, hairy-chested Shawn Ashmore is shirtless a lot.