Breaking The Girls Reviews
July 15, 2013
Super sexualized, "Breaking The Girls" brings double crosses and a "Strangers On A Train" plot to the world of sexy twenty-somethings messing with sexual boundaries and continuously twisting agendas. Madeline Zima leads the pack, as the promiscuous Alex, struggling to hold onto her last connection with her stepfather, despite his new wife's (her ex) disdain for her. Always convincing and enigmatically sexy, Zima does her best to keep this film running smoothly despite its sometimes awkward plot twists. Agnes Bruckner as Sara, becomes the protagonist, as she loses her job, scholarship, and housing thanks to the prissy, know-it-all, Brooke (Shanna Collins) who has a personal vendetta against her since her boyfriend, Eric (Shawn Ashmore), has the hots for her. It becomes Alex's plan to trade murders with Sara as to lose all motives, but when Sara can't hold up her end of the bargain, things get messy. Similar to films like "Wild Things", with ever changing alliances and motivations, Jamie Babbit's "Breaking The Girls" becomes too heavy to handle by the end, and with one twist after another, they simply fail to register at a certain point, losing credibility and losing distinguishable dialogue. However sexy this film may be, there's not quite enough here to keep it feeling more like a made-for-TV movie rather than a fully formed feature film.
October 18, 2014
Sadly, Madeline Zima has been type-cast to the same drunk, manipulative monster. Otherwise, I enjoyed the movie. Another good one for those nights when your are up late.
July 9, 2014
Breaking the Girls [US, 2013] Crazy twists, crazy characters. 3/10
March 25, 2014
An erotic thriller with too many twists
February 19, 2014
Acting wasn't the best but I thought the plot was actually pretty good. I liked the way the plot twisted to a very revealing ending. Better acting and Directing and it would have made a ten but I gave it a 6 1/2 maybe 7.
November 26, 2013
One line summary: Lesbian relationship with a psychotic liar has bad consequences.
Parties, booze, back biting bad behaviour set at a school with a law program.
Sara (from the lower class) is on scholarship and works more than one job. She and Eric like one another. Brooke wants Eric to herself. Alex (from old money) is a lesbian Cassanova who wants Sara because she's straight and because she thinks Sara is vulnerable. Brooke (another privileged young woman) gets Sara fired from her job, which gets her scholarship revoked, and gets her kicked out of housing. Alex's step mom (real mom died in swimming pool) is five years older than Alex, and quite nasty to Alex (like don't visit home without calling first). The heat comes from Alex's father, though.
So, Brooke and Nina are the obvious targets. Sarah despises Brooke, and Alex despises Nina. So, Sara and Alex discuss this, but not really at any length.
Alex kills Brooke and frames Sara, then kills her father and frames Sara. Nice.
Were there important missing pieces that Sara needs to know about? Will Sara be able to extricate herself from the murder charges? Will everything we think we know be thrown out in the last three minutes?
Cinematography: 8/10 Mostly fine; camera a bit wobbly now and then.
Sound: 8/10 OK.
Acting: 2/10 The only good acting I saw in this film came from Sam Anderson and John Stockwell; both performances were short. The other performances were between sub-par and bad. The relationship between Alex and Sara was not believable. Shawn Ashmore does better with a stronger director.
Screenplay: 4/10 Derivative and boring. For a bright person trained in the law, Sara navigates her situation very poorly. The exposition of motivation was not all that good, and the poor acting did not help. The turnaround in the plot at the end was a fairly nice touch in terms of plot, but was also yet another full-scale affirmation of corruption. There were so many in this film.
November 20, 2013
The option two great friend sex and in life is true friendship
July 27, 2013
Looks like a poor excuse for public softcore porn about lesbians.
July 12, 2013
Honestly, from the looks of the trailer it is just a female version of 'strangers on a train' with more ambiguous lesbian scenes to ratchet up the 'perving factor'
Though I'll see it to find out whether I'm right or not, this looks like a prissy and 'bad' retelling of a far greater story, if you want suspense and actual tension, go watch the hitchcock movie I mentioned above, it's a far better movie this this one will be.