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Tragedy Girls injects familiar teen tropes with just enough up-to-the-minute commentary -- and pitch-black humor -- to work as an irreverently entertaining diversion.
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... Imagine instead a Heathers that gleefully goes all the way past the point of nihilism, and ends up in a warped funhouse mirror reflection of society that blends camp and satire in equal measure...
In the meantime, I don't want to oversell a near-great B-movie that is nonetheless a B-movie. Suffice to say Tragedy Girls has great fun with myriad horror movie tropes.
For the most part ... the movie cranks visceral, caffeinated thrills out of its teenage-meat grinder.
Attempting to combine Clueless-style humor revolving around self-absorbed high school girls with slasher film tropes, Tragedy Girls proves neither funny nor scary enough to be distinctive.
The movie's central idea and bright young cast are so good that some of its shallowness is forgivable.
Although "Tragedy Girls" is up-to-date on tweets and technology, its high school dynamics conform to familiar tropes.
Hildebrand and Shipp ooze personality and charisma, making them a deadly duo who you can't help but root for.
Alexandra Shipp and Brianna Hildebrand are fantastic as fame-seeking murderesses in this sharp satire on social media culture.
A little bit Heathers, a dash of Mean Girls, a sprinkling of Detention & just a touch of Scream 4 and you'll have a pretty good idea of what you're in for with Tragedy Girls.
Sometimes it feels like there are bigger ideas that were left by the wayside, but those are minor gripes for a movie that embraces its absurdity and delivers the bloody goods when necessary.
A cheap, bad-looking, one-joke movie (Millennials and their social media amirite nyuk nyuk nyuk) filled with enough tired and uninsightful self-referential jokes to fill Scream 5 through 7.
A stylized film combining beauty and blood while reflecting on our society's desperate need for attention through social media.
I wanted to enjoy Tragedy Girls. I really did. There's a good starting point with a story about two self-involved teenagers who turn to murder to raise their social media profiles. I like the lead actresses, Alexandra Shipp and Deadpool's Brianna Hildebrand, and the film has a quirky sense of style by co-writer/director Tyler MacIntyre. The opening is even great where Hildebrand purposely lures a lover to his sacrificial death in order to trap a familiar slasher film-styled villain. Where it all goes wrong is that Tragedy Girls doesn't have enough substance or commentary to outweigh its arch nihilism. The message is very flimsy (millennials are shallow, social media is harmful) and the film wants you to revel in the girls' violent, gory murders but also be repelled by them. It's a sisterhood of slaying. There are some interesting story ideas that don't feel better attended. The girls are clumsy at their murders and luck into some absurd Final Destination-worthy kills, but the film doesn't embrace this concept and makes them untouchable. They kidnap a local serial killer in the opening and demand he train them, but the guy refuses and is shoved to the side for almost the entire movie, stranding another interesting possibility. The high school characters are thinly designed and unworthy of their demises, though that's also the point. Tragedy Girls doesn't earn its candy-colored nihilism. It ultimately left a bad taste in my mouth and I found it off-putting and empty. It thumbs its nose with prickly devil-may-care attitude but without anything to really say.
Nate's Grade: C-
I was very excited to see Brianna Hildebrand and Alexandra Shipp in a female-led horror movie after their run in their respective X-Men movies. Unfortunately, Tragedy Girls didn't resonate with me. Maybe it's just because I'm too old (though probably not seeing as I'm between the ages of the two leads), maybe it's the movie's fault, maybe it's mine, but either way, I can't come away from Tragedy Girls with a recommendation.
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