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I wish I could give this Zero Stars
on August 1, 2015
With a name like Girls Against Boys you might be expecting a somewhat tongue-in-cheek, over the top romp but that’s (unfortunately) not what we get. What we get instead is a decidedly downbeat, girl power/men are pigs revenge film that mostly fails to explain its motivations and fails to captivate the viewer. The usually enjoyable Danielle Panabaker (Piranha 3DD, The Ward) plays shy college student Shae, whose affair with a married man comes to an end when he breaks things off, attempting to patch up his relationship with his wife. Now, given the state of marriage in this country we should be applauding the man for making the attempt to keep his family together but no. Director Austin Chick uses this event instead to have Shae and a psycho friend go on a killing spree against men they feel have wronged them.
Depressed over the break up, Lu takes Shae out on the town where they meet several men in a club, after a lot of heavy drinking and provocative dancing, and go with them back to their apartment. One eventually walks Shae home but ends up forcing himself on her, sexually assaulting the young student. When Shae tells Lu what happened they decide to get their revenge. But this is no “I Spit on Your Grave” style of revenge film where the culprits are so despicable you’re only too happy to see them get their just desserts. Instead, most of the men killed here are not guilty of anything other than being born a man.
In order to track down the boy who raped Shae they arrive at the apartment of his friends to get his address, whereupon they shoot the two men who had no hand in or knowledge of the assault. But hey, all men deserve it right? Later they abduct the man who broke up with Shae but despite the pleas for his wife and daughter he gets shot anyway. Lu later seduces a cop at the police station and shoots him by sticking a gun where the sun doesn’t shine, pulling the trigger.
Shae, like all of us wonder what the hell is wrong with Lu. Did she have a traumatic childhood? She tells Shae she was raped by her father’s friends with his approval before she starts laughing and says she’s only kidding, she had a wonderful childhood. So basically the motivation simply is men suck so kill them. Brilliant. Hopefully no one will ever let Austin Chick direct another film…next time he might be going after puppies or bunny rabbits.