Girls Against Boys (film)

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Girls Against Boys
Directed by Austin Chick
Produced by Aimee Shieh
Clay Floren
Daniel Sollinger
Written by Austin Chick
Starring Danielle Panabaker
Nicole LaLiberte
Andrew Howard
Michael Stahl-David
Liam Aiken
Music by Nathan Larson
Cinematography Kat Westergaard
Distributed by Anchor 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
Country United States
Language English
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 round to her apartment. He apologises and says that they can't see each other any more - he and his wife have decided to reconcile, for the sake of their young daughter. The next day, Shae goes shopping at a farmer's market and sees Terry with his wife and daughter. She follows them to their house and he notices her. They do not speak and after he closes the door, she leaves. That night, she goes to a bar where she works. During her shift, she goes to the cloak room and starts to cry. She is interrupted by her colleague Lu (Nicole LaLiberte), who comforts her and invites her out for a drink over Shae's breakup 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 was 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 and he becomes violent, grabbing her neck and forcibly kissing 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 is furious that she has turned up at his house unannounced and takes her home. They go into her apartment and Shae, having not told him that she was raped yet, hugs him. He misunderstands and starts kissing her. She tells him to stop but he tries to force himself on her. 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, Lu calls her and they 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 she asks him if he wants to go somewhere to have sex. The go a local hotel where Lu cuffs him to the bed, takes his gun and shoots him.

Lu goes to Shae's apartment and tells her that they need to deal with the situation themselves, by going back to Eric and Duncan's apartment and finding out where Simon lives for Shae to get her revenge. She tells Shae that she has a gun, which she got from a police officer. They go back there and probe Duncan for Simon's address. He doesn't know it and when he jokes about how Eric told them he and Shae had sex, Lu shoots him dead. Shae laughs and then throws up, but is okay with it. 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 his table. When he wakes up, they torture and kill him by dismembering his limbs.

Next, they ambush Terry, kidnapping 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 forgiveness. 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 enjoyed it and says that she enjoys killing and hurting people because she can. They go home and return to their lives.

After a class, Shae is asked 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 wanted to surprise her with a ready dinner.

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

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

Cast[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The film received negative reviews from critics. It has a score of 21% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 19 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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