Girls Against Boys (film)

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Girls Against Boys
Directed byAustin Chick
Produced byAimee Shieh
Clay Floren
Daniel Sollinger
Written byAustin Chick
StarringDanielle Panabaker
Nicole LaLiberte
Andrew Howard
Michael Stahl-David
Liam Aiken
Music byNathan Larson
CinematographyKat Westergaard
Distributed byAnchor Bay Entertainment
Release date
  • March 9, 2012 (2012-03-09) (South by Southwest Film Festival)
  • February 1, 2013 (2013-02-01)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$7,529[1]

Girls Against Boys is a 2012 American thriller film written and directed by Austin Chick and starring Danielle Panabaker and Nicole LaLiberte.[2]

Plot[edit]

College student Shae (Danielle Panabaker) blows off going to a party with her friend Karen (Reyna de Courcy) to go to The Hamptons for the weekend with her boyfriend Terry (Andrew Howard), an older man who is separated from his wife. That evening, Terry comes to her apartment. He apologizes and says that they can't see each other anymore - he and his wife have decided to reconcile, for the sake of their young daughter. The next day, Shae goes shopping at a market and sees Terry with his wife and daughter. She follows them to their house and he notices her. They don't speak, and she leaves after he closes the door. That night, she goes to the bar where she works. During her shift, she goes to the cloak-room and starts crying. Her colleague Lu (Nicole LaLiberte) comforts her and invites her out for a drink over her break-up with Terry.

Shae and Lu go out to another bar where they meet Simon (Michael Stahl-David), Eric (Carmine DiBenedetto) and Duncan (Will Brill). They drink and dance with them and then go back to Eric and Duncan's apartment. Shae kisses Simon and then goes to the bathroom, where she passed out, drunk. Feeling unwell again, Shae decides to go home. Simon offers to take her home, saying that he is about to leave anyway. They get a taxi together and are dropped off outside her apartment building. He asks if he can come up, but she tells him she has a boyfriend. He persists, asking first for her number and then for a kiss goodnight. She tells him to leave, but he violently grabs her neck and forcibly kisses her. She hits him and runs upstairs. Before she can unlock her door, he catches her, pushes her onto the floor and rapes her.

Later, in her apartment, Shae tries to call her mom and Karen, but can only reach their voicemails. With no one to talk to, she goes to Terry's house. He takes her home, furious that she has turned up at his house unannounced. They go into her apartment and Shae hugs him, not having told him that she was raped. He misunderstands and starts kissing her. She tells him to stop but he goes on. She shouts at him to get off her and starts crying. He leaves, telling her that he doesn't know what she wants from him.

The next day, Shae and Lu go to a police station to report the crime. There, the hostile and skeptical Officer Daniels (Matthew Rauch) gives Shae paperwork to fill in and sends her to the waiting area. Shae files her report with an unsympathetic detective (Kelvin Hale) and Lu notices Daniels looking at her. She flirts with him and asks him if he wants to go somewhere to have sex. They go to a local hotel where Lu cuffs him to the bed and shoots him with his gun.

Lu goes to Shae's apartment and tells her that they need to deal with the situation themselves. They go back to Eric and Duncan's apartment and probe Duncan for Simon's address. He doesn't know it, and when he mocks them about how Eric told them he and Shae had sex, Lu shoots him dead. When Eric comes back, he tells them Simon's address, and Lu shoots him too. They go to Simon's workshop and find him working alone. Shae knocks him unconscious and they tie him to a table. When he wakes up, they torture and kill him by dismembering him.

Next, they ambush Terry, holding him at gunpoint and driving him off in his own car. They drive to a secluded part of the woods and take him out of the car. Shae points the gun at him and he begs for her mercy. She can't bring herself to kill him and he starts to run away, but Lu takes the gun and shoots him. They stay in a motel that night and when Shae starts crying, Lu gets into bed with her and holds her. The next morning, they talk about what they did and while Shae says that killing all those men who wronged her did not make her feel any better, Lu says that she enjoys killing and hurting people. They go home and return to their normal lives.

After class, Shae is invited out by her classmate Tyler (Liam Aiken) and they go to the fair. She goes back to her apartment that evening and finds Lu waiting for her, annoyed that she is back so late because she had expected to surprise her with a dinner.

Shae goes to a Halloween party with Tyler. Lu secretly arrives. When Shae is in the bathroom and everyone else is watching fireworks on the roof, Lu kills Tyler with a sword. Shae sees his body and returns home, finding Lu's sword on a table. Lu steps out of the shower stark-naked and tells Shae that she did it "for us" and to "protect" her. Shae takes the sword and kills Lu.

Sometime later, Shae returns to work at the bar. During a break, she is interrupted by a crying co-worker (Makenzie Leigh). Shae asks her: "Is it a guy?", and the woman replies that it is. As the two sit together, a vision of Lu appears behind Shae.

Cast[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The film received negative reviews from critics. It has a score of 22% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 23 reviews.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Girls Against Boys (2013)". Box Office Mojo. 2013-02-07. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  2. ^ "Girls Against Boys (2012) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast". AllMovie. 2013-02-01. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  3. ^ "Girls Against Boys". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2013-09-21.

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