Breaking The Girls (2013)




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In a thriller reminiscent of the best of Alfred Hitchcock, Madeline Zima and Agnes Bruckner star as best friends who share everything until one of them reveals a twisted sense of loyalty. Sara is an ambitious, beautiful twenty-something working her way through law school. Her hard work and stellar academic record has paid off with a coveted scholarship. Her kind spirit and generous manner attracts one of the popular guys at school, Eric. His jealous girlfriend, Brooke, who comes from a wealthy, privileged background, decides angrily to publicly humiliate Sara at the bar where Sara works. Watching from the bar is Alex, gorgeous and even more privileged even than Brooke. Alex takes Sara under her wing to comfort her. As a way of getting back at Brooke, Alex encourages Sara to continue her flirtation with Eric. For a little while, it's great fun. But it backfires - Brooke's father is the head of the scholarship board, and Brooke convinces him to revoke Sara's scholarship. Then Brooke gets Sara fired from her job. Devastated, Sara turns to Alex. As the two girls become closer, a sexual tension develops between them. As they discuss what to do about Brooke, Alex tells Sara about her own stepmother, a woman she despises. Alex casually suggests to Sara that they should make a murder pact. Alex would kill Brooke for Sara, and Sara would repay by killing Alex's stepmother. All their problems would be solved. Sara shrugs off the suggestion as a joke. The next day, Brooke is found dead, and Alex appears at Sara's door, reminding her of the pact. Sara realizes she has been used and that Alex has set her up to take the rap for Brooke's murder. Out of her elements and emotionally distraught over the betrayal, Sara knows that if she wants to survive, she is going to have to fight back with an equally cunning and deadly plan of her own. (c) IFC
Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Special Interest
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Sam Anderson
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John Stockwell
as David Layton
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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Babbitt loves her actors and gives them fun stuff to do. If she works with similar themes in the future, I hope she gives her performers and her clearly fertile imagination more room to play.

Full Review… | July 26, 2013
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An erotic thriller with too many twists and back stories to count.

Full Review… | July 25, 2013
New York Times
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[Zima] saves some of this plodding thriller - a police investigation alone seems to go on forever - but not enough to make the steaminess pay off.

Full Review… | July 25, 2013
New York Daily News
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What remains is a bland, perfunctory erotic thriller that lacks the courage of its would-be-trashy convictions ...

Full Review… | July 24, 2013
AV Club
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It woefully lacks subtlety and suspense, and its characters aren't the least bit sympathetic.

Full Review… | December 11, 2013

Gratuitous sex, double-crosses and more gratuitous sex await in the silly but always-entertaining sexcapade.

Full Review… | November 19, 2013

Audience Reviews for Breaking The Girls

What appears to want to be an erotic thriller is lessened by two things: there is absolutely no nudity in this movie, though there are tons of opportunities to display such, thus muting any eroticism they are trying to promote, and just having two females kissing each other without any sense of lust or attraction does not make for eroticism either. This is just a bland money grab story that is not difficult to figure out and not very well acted either.

Don Schick
Don Schick

Atmospheric and suspenseful, Breaking the Girls is a B-grade version of a Hitchcockian thriller. After being fired from her job law student Sara Ryan is befriended by a rich socialite, but the friendship soon turns dark when the two begin to talk about forming a murder pact. Both Agnes Bruckner and Madeline Zima give strong performances; particularly Zima, whose role is quite demanding. And there's some mystery and intrigue to the murder plots (even though they're rather formulaic). Yet overall, Breaking the Girls is a mediocre crime drama that's pretty by-the-numbers.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

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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.

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