Breaking The Girls (2013)
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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.
An erotic thriller with too many twists and back stories to count.
[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.
What remains is a bland, perfunctory erotic thriller that lacks the courage of its would-be-trashy convictions ...
It woefully lacks subtlety and suspense, and its characters aren't the least bit sympathetic.
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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.
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.
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