Women in Trouble (2009)



Critic Consensus: 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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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 reluctance to go girl-on-girl in front of the cameras by putting on a private show with her sexy friend Bambi (Emmanuelle Chriqui), a therapist (Sarah Clarke) turns to the bottle after discovering her husband has been unfaithful, a flight attendant (Marley Shelton) applies for membership in the Mile High Club with a famous passenger, and a precocious teen (Isabella Gutierrez) realizes that the adults in her life aren't nearly as well adjusted as they'd like her to believe.
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Carla Gugino
as Elektra Luxx
Adrianne Palicki
as Holly Rocket
Dan Mailley
as Doctor
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
as Bert Rodriguez
Sarah Clarke
as Maxine McPherson
Simon Baker
as Travis McPherson
Josh Brolin
as Nick Chapel
Xander Berkeley
as Mr. Frost
Greg Lauren
as Fireman
Ermahn Ospina
as El Capitan
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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (10)

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

Full Review… | December 10, 2009
New York Observer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 13, 2009
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

Unlikely accidents, shared secrets and zany twists combine to whip up a pleasing froth.

Full Review… | November 12, 2009
New York Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 12, 2009
AV Club
Top Critic

The attractive cast, notably the earthy Gugino, tries hard to invest the one-note characters with a degree of humanity, but are betrayed at every turn by the thin material.

November 11, 2009
Associated Press
Top Critic

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.

Manu Gino
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.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

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.

Lewis C.
Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

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