D.E.B.S. (2004 film)
|Directed by||Angela Robinson|
|Screenplay by||Angela Robinson|
by Angela Robinson
|Music by||Steven M. Stern|
|Cinematography||M. David Mullen|
|Edited by||Angela Robinson|
|Distributed by||Samuel Goldwyn Films|
|January 22, 2004Sundance) (|
March 25, 2005
|Budget||$3.5 million|
D.E.B.S. is a 2004 American action-comedy film written and directed by Angela Robinson. A feature-length version of Robinson's 2003 short film of the same name, D.E.B.S. follows the relationship between spy-in-training Amy Bradshaw and supervillain Lucy Diamond. D.E.B.S. was a critically mixed box office bomb upon its initial release.
Embedded in the SAT is a secret test that determines aptitude for espionage. Women who score highly on the test are recruited into D.E.B.S. (Discipline, Energy, Beauty, Strength), a clandestine paramilitary academy. Four D.E.B.S. — squad leader Max, naïve Janet, promiscuous Dominique, and Amy, who dreams of attending art school despite being the academy's top recruit — are tasked by Ms. Petrie and Mr. Phipps, the heads of D.E.B.S., to surveil supercriminal Lucy Diamond. They observe Lucy on what they believe to be a meeting with Russian assassin Ninotchka Kaprova, only to learn the women are on a blind date.
The date ends in a shootout between Lucy and the multiple intelligence agencies surveilling her. As Lucy escapes, she is caught in a standoff with Amy, where they share a friendly moment in which Amy informs Lucy that she is writing her senior thesis about her. Lucy escapes when Amy's attention wavers, and the D.E.B.S. praise Amy for being the only person to have ever faced Lucy and lived. That night, Lucy visits Amy and coerces her (along with Janet, who witnesses Lucy speaking with Amy) into joining her at a nightclub. Lucy and Amy grow closer and are about to kiss, but are interrupted by Janet.
The next day, Amy is promoted to squad leader, replacing Max. They respond to a bank heist orchestrated by Lucy, which she has committed in order to see Amy again. They kiss, and run off together. D.E.B.S. assumes Amy has been kidnapped and organize a nationwide manhunt to find her. On the basis of a tip from a jealous Ninotchka, they discover Amy and Lucy while they are having sex. Ms. Petrie prepares to exile Amy, but Max convinces her to claim that Amy was brainwashed in order to protect the reputation of both D.E.B.S. and Amy.
In an attempt to win Amy back, Lucy returns everything she has ever stolen. She infiltrates the D.E.B.S. year-end dance, where Amy is to be made D.E.B. of the year, only to hear Amy deliver a speech about her experience as Lucy's captive. When Amy and Lucy meet eyes, Amy retracts her entire speech, and runs off-stage to be with Lucy. Max, Janet, and Dominique give their blessings to Lucy and Amy, and allow them to make their escape. Lucy and Amy ride off into the night, heads on one another's shoulders.
- Sara Foster as Amy Bradshaw
- Jordana Brewster as Lucy Diamond
- Meagan Good as Max Brewer
- Devon Aoki as Dominique
- Jill Ritchie as Janet
- Geoff Stults as Bobby Matthews
- Jimmi Simpson as Scud
- Holland Taylor as Ms Petrie
- Michael Clarke Duncan as Mr. Phipps
- Jessica Cauffiel as Ninotchka Kaprova
- Aimee Garcia as Maria
- Jennifer Carpenter as Hysterical student
- Scoot McNairy as Stoner
Jill Ritchie was the only cast member from the short film to reprise her role in the expansion.
Director, writer, and editor Angela Robinson began to draw comics about the D.E.B.S. in college as a sideline to her writing (Robinson stated this in an extra on the U.S. DVD entitled "Infiltrating the D.E.B.S."). She received a $20,000 grant from Power Up to make a 11-minute short based on the concept, which toured a number of film festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival.
D.E.B.S. received a 40% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 62 reviews, with an average rating of 4.8/10. The site's critics consensus reads: "Lacking enough material for a full-length movie, D.E.B.S. is short on both plot and laughs." On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 42% based on reviews from 21 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
D.E.B.S. was released in 45 theaters. Over 21 days, it grossed $97,446.
|2004||Berlin International Film Festival||Reader Jury of the "Siegessäule"||Angela Robinson||Won|
|2005||Black Movie Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Writing||Angela Robinson||Nominated|
|2005||Black Movie Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role||Meagan Good||Nominated|
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