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D.E.B.S. (2005)
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Review Date: March 30, 2005
Director: Angela Robinson
Writer: Angela Robinson
Producers: Jasmine Kosovic, Andrea Sperling
Actors:
Sara Foster as Amy
Jordana Brewster as Lucy
Devon Aoki as Dominique
Plot:
Young women are being recruited into a secret governmentally run institution known only as D.E.B.S. if their skill sets coincide with the spy organization’s requirements which have to do with cheating, lying, stealing and…well, looking really, really hot. This film follows the adventures of four of those lucky ladies as well as their archrival villain known as Lucy Diamond. What ensues is a lot of hot chicks in short skirts, kissing amongst said girls and some other shit that I didn’t pay much attention to—particularly after the hot chicks in short skirts starting kissing other girls!!
Critique:
Can you really go wrong with a movie starring 4 hotties acting like spies, carrying big guns, wearing Catholic schoolgirl uniforms and cavorting in some lesbo action?? I mean…really, can…you…go…wrong? Sadly for us…apparently, you can. While D.E.B.S. certainly has the right idea, a cool premise and all of the above mentioned requirements for one hot-ass movie (if nothing else), it lacks in energy, top-notch humor and ultimately…a story, worthwhile for any one of you (and me) to fork over some hard-earned bucks to experience it on the big screen. That said, it’s still damn cute, includes enough spy stuffies and groovy special effects, enough, well…chicks in really, really short Catholic schoolgirl skirts carrying guns (still counts for something) and enough of a borderline teenie-pop bubblegum “my first crush” type of plotline to ultimately come through on one level—and that level being…well, the lesbian level, of course!! That’s right, reminiscent of the one of the greatest built-up kisses in movie history, the one between the lovely Laura Harring and Naomi Watts in MULHOLLAND DRIVE, the over-make-up’d Jordana Brewster and that hot blonde chick from THE BIG BOUNCE spend much of the time in this film going back and forth about their possible hook-up and eventually develop a cute relationship. That relationship, mind you, doesn’t exactly stir up emotions a la THE NOTEBOOK, and eventually ends up taking more time in the film than the spy stuff, which just gets lost in the background.

The film’s ultimate problem? Very simple. You don’t create a movie starring 4 hotties wearing short skirts, carrying guns and kissing other chicks and then concentrate your film on a “relationship” with two of the girls carrying on as girls do because that’s not what the guys who are obviously going to see this movie (see: short skirts, guns, lesbo stuff…) give a shit about! They’re guys…guys who are paying sweaty money to see hot chicks in short skirts running around in combat boots and high heels and kicking ass! Granted, the film does offer us a couple of scenes as such, and the Asian chick from 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS is damn cute as the French whore who likes to smoke a lot (don’t they all?), but ultimately the problem might be that the writer/director (a woman, natch!) tried to marry both worlds so that the men in the audience would be satisfied with the eye-candy on the screen and the ladies would appreciate the relationship stuff (and songs from The Cure, New Order…), but I submit that this attempt at balance ultimately leaves both sides somewhat unsatisfied. The film is still pretty original though, and even though I would have preferred that they stick to the hot-chicks-with-guns angle, the relationship and lesbo stuff was kinda neat too, and even though I honestly didn’t laugh out loud once during the entire picture, I was smiling through most of it – except for the scenes featuring Michael Clarke Duncan, only because I couldn’t figure out why the man would take on such a small role in such a small film. Strange.

Oh, and did I mention that the black chick had just about the hottest body that I’ve seen on any woman in any film in any time? No? Well, I mentioned it now. Her name is Meagan Good and I would like to take this opportunity to ask that she drop me an email because I would like to propose that we go out on a date and “see where it takes us”. Yeah dude…that’s all I got! Oh and the film…you can wait until it comes out on DVD/video and round up the Kleenex at that time. As for the ladies…well, play it by ear.
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3:10PM on 12/27/2005

Chemistry works in D.E.B.S.

Initially, I thought the writer of this film was a male due to how much it seemed to play to a male audience, so I will admit I was highly surprised to discover the writer is actually female.

Personally, the film worked for me and although I did get a chuckle out of the gestures and comments played for laughs throughout the film, I attribute the success of this film to the incredibly believeable chemistry between Jordana Brewster and Sara Foster. The looks they gave each other... their
Initially, I thought the writer of this film was a male due to how much it seemed to play to a male audience, so I will admit I was highly surprised to discover the writer is actually female.

Personally, the film worked for me and although I did get a chuckle out of the gestures and comments played for laughs throughout the film, I attribute the success of this film to the incredibly believeable chemistry between Jordana Brewster and Sara Foster. The looks they gave each other... their mannerisms ... the way they touched, finally kissed, talked, and how incredibly comfortable they looked together when they held each other made me believe that they were actually lovers in real life. I have seen shows with the lesbian theme before BUT never had I seen two girls play it better than these two. Of course it also helps that they are EYE CANDY to the max.

I'd also like to state that despite the PG13 rating - this film actually proved more erotic than most R rated films - proving tasteful scenes can still arouse.
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6:34PM on 09/28/2005

well.. uh.. well, yeah...

Well.. Joblo say it well, The Movie had Potential.. and endep up looking like a cheap Production, I mean, Cheap is not Bad, u can Turn cheap into Gold Kick Ass Cult Movie, but This Flick missed it and stayed just Cheap. The Women did look really hot, but they did act like shit, and I like Daevon, but if I had just watch this Movie with her, I would say she can´t Act.. And even After watching 2fast2Furious and Sin City, I am not pretty sure about that..

Anyway.. I think the one thing this
Well.. Joblo say it well, The Movie had Potential.. and endep up looking like a cheap Production, I mean, Cheap is not Bad, u can Turn cheap into Gold Kick Ass Cult Movie, but This Flick missed it and stayed just Cheap. The Women did look really hot, but they did act like shit, and I like Daevon, but if I had just watch this Movie with her, I would say she can´t Act.. And even After watching 2fast2Furious and Sin City, I am not pretty sure about that..

Anyway.. I think the one thing this Movie will have a nice Memory on me, its that I am a Soft Guy and indeed I did lilke the relationship stuff.. was very cheap too.. but when I did listen to the Song that was, more or less, riped from Lost in Translation, I couldnt be mad about it.. The Movie did trick me this way and I took it.. hehehe

Well.. Bad Movie but still was some kind of Fun.
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1:21AM on 07/25/2005
I remember seeing the trailer for “D.E.B.S” not too long ago and to be honest it didn’t really scream out I have to see this movie. But however the more I read about it, the more I wanted to see it. After hearing it to be a spoof off “Charlie’s Angels” I was hooked because I HATED “Charlie’s Angels.” But then I read the tagline for the film which read they're crime-fighting hotties with killer bodies and I was like wow is that cheesy but then I said it a few times to myself and said that’s
I remember seeing the trailer for “D.E.B.S” not too long ago and to be honest it didn’t really scream out I have to see this movie. But however the more I read about it, the more I wanted to see it. After hearing it to be a spoof off “Charlie’s Angels” I was hooked because I HATED “Charlie’s Angels.” But then I read the tagline for the film which read they're crime-fighting hotties with killer bodies and I was like wow is that cheesy but then I said it a few times to myself and said that’s actually kind of funny. So tonight I finally had a chance to see “D.E.B.S” which I wanted to see since it opened on Friday but didn’t get to go until tonight Easter Sunday for a couple of reasons. But continue reading to see what I thought of the movie “D.E.B.S”

D.E.B.S starts off talking about the S.A.T. and hidden within is a secret test that shows a girl's potential to perform duties as a spy. Those of course who score high on this secret scale are recruited to join a secret academy where they will be trained to become spies known as D.E.B.S. The movie focuses on one group of four girls Max (Meagan Good), Amy (Sara Foster), Dominique (Devon Aoki) and Janet (Jill Ritchie) who are on a mission to stop Lucy Diamond (Jordana Brewster) from committing crimes. A fun time ensues…

Now as I dive into reviewing this movie let me first say this, “D.E.B.S” is not a film, which should be judged like an Oscar piece. It’s a fun good-hearted film, which requires little thinking however I can see many people seeing this film and saying what’s funny about this? Because it’s really not like a slapstick spoof or on the surface humor, in fact I wouldn’t even say it was a laugh out loud comedy but just a film where you chuckle here and there and just watch and enjoy it with a big smile on your face.

This movie is a perfect spoof of the awful Charlie’s Angels sequel. Michael Clark Duncan basically playing the role of Bernie Mac who played Bosley in the Charlie’s Angels sequel and of course Jordana Brewster playing the role of Demi Moore the villain. You know the best thing about the movie though was the love story and this is because it’s such a weird one, the hero falling in love with the villain. But what makes it even more unique is the fact that they are both female. You have to give it up to Independent Films for really allowing the gay and lesbian community to show themselves in films. I think a lot of G&L films are really good like “Latter Days”, “Mambo Italiano”, and one of my favorite films “ Lost & Delirious.” “D.E.B.S” makes an excellent point despite most of its silly and fun story and that is being true to yourself and don’t hide whom you really are.

For the most part D.E.B.S is a great low budget popcorn flick and is 300 times better then anything Charlie’s Angels could ever be. The movie is a lot of fun and is pretty original for the most part and like I said earlier it won’t grab everyone’s attention because from the tagline you would think its about sexy girls running around in skimpy clothing but it’s more than that and that’s where the movie can be misleading. It’s not drop dead funny nor is it all about T&A but just a funny little flick with an interesting, unique and surprisingly pretty serious love story mixed in. In most films nowadays I am sickened by love stories but in this film it fit right in and gave the film more juice.

The acting wasn’t Oscar worthy but for the type of film “D.E.B.S” is it’s perfect. Although I must say the chemistry between Sara Foster and Jordana Brewster was so perfect and seemed so real that when I came home from the film, I had to look them up and make sure they weren’t really a couple because their connection in the film was very believable.

First time director and writer Angela Robinson should be pretty proud of the film. Sure she only managed to make a film that got average reviews from most of the critics (but hey I really liked it! And critics are too hard on films most of time anyway) but she managed to make a spoof of Charlie’s Angels that cost pennies nowadays to make and a film that was so much better plus she made a film that gave a positive message in the end. Sadly, Mrs. Robinson is directing “ Herbie: Fully Loaded” and even with myself being a fan of Lindsay Lohan and Michael Keaton, I have to say the film looks like a piece of crap but I am sure I will see it anyway and hopefully the trailer will be misleading and the film will actually turn out half way decent.

So in conclusion, “D.E.B.S.” is a really fun little flick, a nice mix of some light comedy, action, and romance. There are a few memorable scenes one being Lucy kidnapping Amy that involves a whole montage of Amy and Lucy falling in love and Janet and Scud’s (Jimmi Simpson) email romance. The film isn’t over the top sexy or funny. There are no sex jokes or fart jokes here (Thank you very much Mrs. Robinson) and most importantly the film handles the relationship of Amy and Lucy in a very mature and respectful matter. We don’t need any girl on girl sex scenes here to make the point that there is an attraction just a couple stares and a few kisses prove the point perfectly. Also the 80’s soundtrack was pretty awesome. I really enjoyed this film more then I probably should have but it was better then it had the right to be which is why I have to give the film a pretty high rating.

MovieManMenzel’s final rating for “D.E.B.S” is an 7 out of 10. If you hate the “Charlie’s Angels” movies go see this. If you like a comedy that is silly but not over the top stupid see this film and if you want to see a movie that takes a silly idea but manages to throw in a good well written love story see “D.E.B.S.” But if you want pure stupidity, lots of T&A and a bad scripted film then watch Charlie’s Angels 1 & 2 instead.
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