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Women in Trouble (2009)

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29

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 17

Sebastian Gutierrez certainly has an eye for the beauty of the female form, but Women in Trouble lacks a compelling script or point of view to go with its curvaceous visual appeal.

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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 7

Sebastian Gutierrez certainly has an eye for the beauty of the female form, but Women in Trouble lacks a compelling script or point of view to go with its curvaceous visual appeal.

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Average Rating: 2.7/5
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Filmmaker Sebastian Gutierrez writes and directs this ensemble comedy following ten Los Angeles women over the course of 24 hours. When porn starlet Electra Luxx (Carla Gugino) discovers that she's pregnant, her wild world of pleasure and excess is suddenly turned upside down. Subsequently stuck in an elevator with neurotic Doris (Connie Britton), Electra realizes she's standing at a pivotal crossroads in life. Meanwhile, adult film up-and-comer Holly Rocket (Adrianne Palicki) struggles with her

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Sebastian Gutierrez

Mar 9, 2010

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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (17) | DVD (4)

In the "whatever were they thinking of" genre, a new entry: Women in Trouble.

December 10, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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This forced, charmless multi-character movie pretends to show women in all their glorious variety, but it really just traffics in the same old cliches.

November 13, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Women in Trouble has sleeper written all over it and a sequel is already in the works.

November 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Mr. Gutierrez, as suggested by all the décolletage, appears to be a breast man. Too bad he didn't set his sights higher.

November 13, 2009
New York Times
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Unlikely accidents, shared secrets and zany twists combine to whip up a pleasing froth.

November 13, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Too much of Women In Trouble settles for banal instances of infidelity, female bonding, or psychoanalysis when it needs to keep the action going. It's fine to be inconsequential, as long as the charged-up frivolity never stops.

November 12, 2009 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club
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Gutierrez's story is structurally clichéd ... but, worse still, his characters are uniformly unbelievable and two-dimensional.

April 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

It's not pornography, but it evokes that same uneasy feeling that you're watching something that's so wrong but so right at the same time.

August 12, 2010 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

A lucky alchemy of writer and cast turns what could have been an indie bore into something surprisingly uproarious.

November 18, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Press
New York Press

A good look at men dealing with women and a good look at the supposedly soft side of porn doesn't make a good looking film.

November 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

A tedious dramady about an unappealing group of women in Los Angeles.

November 15, 2009 Full Review
Spirituality and Practice

A sprightly, sexy, campy and outrageously funny ensemble comedy that's best watched with an open mind and a large audience for maximum enjoyment.

November 13, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

The film has already reduced itself to an empty exercise in campy, color-bathed titillation, as a gaggle of women are defined by their sexual drives and abilities without comment from the filmmaker.

November 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Apparently, in Gutierrez's mind, expanding the range of humanity available to women on film means they can be porn stars or prostitutes...and they can be catastrophically dumb...

November 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

It's a film with undeniably gorgeous parts that never quite develops into a sum.

November 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Retriever
Movie Retriever

The most jeopardy these women confronted was the day they said yes to Women in Trouble.

November 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

Unfortunately, while it is a great idea for a sketch, or a web series, it's not a movie length idea.

November 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Penthouse Forum meets Pedro Almodóvar in this frantic slice of trash-masquerading-as-class.

November 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

Audience Reviews for Women in Trouble

High Hopes, High Anxiety, High Heels.

Good movie! The film makes you laugh much more than expected, but keeps its heart in the midst of all the appropriately titled trouble. It's too real to just become a comedy or a tragedy or a drama, this film is an intoxicating blur of emotions. This movie basically ends up being about womanly camaraderie, and the bond that ties all women in all walks of life together, I think. However, it's also got enough sex talk, women in underwear, zany situations, and even a degree of bathroom humor, that'll keep guys interested. PS. Keep watching after the credits. There's a cute little satirical interview with the "porn stars", conducted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It's not quite up to the level of the material in the rest of the movie, but still worth watching.

Several women (and one girl) in L.A. are hiding something from someone else, or discovering something hidden from them. Maxine, a therapist, discovers her husband cheating on her with the mother of Charlotte, a 13-year old patient. Addy (the other woman) and her sister Doris have withheld from the girl the truth of her parentage. Holly, an adult film actor, isn't telling her friend Bambi how she feels about her, and another actor, Elektra, who discovers she's pregnant, hasn't told the baby's father that she loves him. A stuck elevator, a car crash, mid-air turbulence, a flight attendant, a shotgun-wielding bartender, and her roommate, who's a masseuse, help these women communicate.
September 14, 2012
MANUGINO
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

It's like the vagina monologues, but sexualized. This has an ensemble of bombshells looking and acting hot. I would say there's a problem here, but it's done so shamelessly that you kind've just go with it. The sense of humor is really unique and I liked the change of pace. The stories and characters are allowed to shine, due to the structure. This is made with the best intentions, to be fun and not take itself too seriously.
February 10, 2011
ythelastman89

Super Reviewer

FULL DISCLOSURE: I freely admit that the only reason I wanted to see Women in Trouble was because of the incredible number of blindingly hot women that are in it. Carla Gugino, Marley Shelton, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Adrianne Palicki, Cameron Richardson...do I really need to continue? I had little interest in whatever the movie was supposed to be "about", per se, I just wanted to see the hotties. And they did deliver the goods.

But this is a review, so I guess I have to talk about something more than how hot the women were. This is one of those kinds of ensemble movies where the numerous characters are directly and indirectly connected. It's certainly not up to the quality of a movie like Magnolia, not even close. The comedic elements work sometimes, and sometimes they don't. The dramatic portions are the same way. I guess the best way to describe Women in Trouble, is three Lifetime movies mixed with a rather tame Cinemax skin flick and a really disturbing bestiality story. If that weird mix sounds great to you, then you'll love this. Everyone else should just tune out the talky bits and ogle these gorgeous women.
June 1, 2010
lewiskendell

Super Reviewer

"High Hopes, High Anxiety, High Heels."

A serpentine day in the life of ten seemingly disparate women: a porn star, a flight attendant, a psychiatrist, a masseuse, a bartender, a pair of call girls, etc. All of them with one crucial thing in common. Trouble.

REVIEW
This movie works sort of like "Crash" or "Magnolia", with different characters having their own story lines that turn out to be related to each other in some way, and intersect at certain points in the film. Also like Magnolia, there's a lot of self-discovery and unburdening of the heart. It's about two thirds drama, layered within outrageous situations and humor.

There are a lot of characters. I don't know how the writer kept them all straight. There's a porn star, a prostitute, a porn star/prostitute, a therapist, a flight attendant, a masseuse, and a couple others. Some of these are strangers at first, but form strong bonds, resulting, I think, from some natural female instinct to support each other in crisis. I'd like to run down the various crises they deal with, but to avoid spoiling things I'll just say they involve being stuck in an elevator, infidelity, porn, lesbian relationships, bestiality, and unusual sexual dysfunction, to name a few. This movie basically ends up being about womanly camaraderie, and the bond that ties all women in all walks of life together, I think. However, it's also got enough sex talk, women in underwear, zany situations, and even a degree of bathroom humor, that'll keep guys interested. It's also a great story with an outstanding script and superb performances that combined to have me completely absorbed by the end. I have to extend extra-special props to Adrianne Palicki (Holly, the call girl/porn actress), who had a provocative monologue near the middle of the movie that was impeccably and movingly delivered. I was completely entranced.

PS. Keep watching after the credits. There's a cute little satirical interview with the "porn stars", conducted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It's not quite up to the level of the material in the rest of the movie (probably why it was placed after the credits), but still worth watching.
February 16, 2010
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