Flash forward one year later; the same friends and I were bemused and curious to see that D.E.B.S. has now been transformed into a feature-length comedy. I remember thinking that the short film didn't really have enough "meat" on its bones to warrant a 90-minute treatment -- and I was right.
By no means a terrible movie, D.E.B.S. is simply a somewhat rambling and unfocused movie. It's light on action and espionage, the comedy material is fluffy and fun (although never really laugh-out-loud hysterical), and the thing runs out of steam well before the end credits show up.
But still, it's pretty darn cool to see a movie that tackles some "same-sex-romance" issues without leering, exploiting, or pandering. Although it's quite light and sexy, D.E.B.S. deals with its lesbian characters in a refreshingly matter-of-fact fashion.
Fans of spy thrillers, light rom-coms, and/or the homosexual sub-culture will most likely find something to enjoy here -- but it's tough to imagine the flick becoming any sort of "cult classic." It's not sexy or insightful enough for the target demographic , it's not action-heavy enough for the action-flick crowd, and it's more quietly clever than it is drop-dead funny. Certainly worthy of a rental if you're curious to see the movie, but don't expect anything too earth-shattering.
Infiltrating D.E.B.S. is a 12-minute behind-the-scenes peek at the production of the film. The featurette offers a few glimpses of the earlier incarnations of D.E.B.S., from comic to almost-cartoon to short film -- to feature film. Several cast and crew members are on hand to share their thoughts on the project. Kudos to the DVD producers for not slapping together a flimsy little EPK featurette, as this piece actually has some solid info and insights.
There's also a 8.5-minute collection of deleted scenes that offers just a smidgen of extra sexiness between Ms. Foster and Ms. Brewster (among other excised sequences), a music video ("Into the Morning" by The Weekend), a 5-minute animatic of the film's opening "SAT montage," a production stills gallery, a peek at Robinson's early D.E.B.S. comic, and a handful of trailers for Man of the House, Hitch, The Brooke Ellison Story, Spanglish, and xXx: Director's Cut. (Neither the D.E.B.S. trailer, nor the original short version of the movie, are included here.)