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While She Was Out

3.2 out of 5 stars 106 customer reviews

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Prepare yourself for the ultimate white-knuckle thrill ride trough the horrific trenches of Americas back woods. Academy Award winner Kim Basinger delivers perhaps the most audacious performance of her illustrious career, as Della, a suburban housewife, hell bent on survival as she is mercilessly stalked by a group of teenage thugs let by a manipulative psychopath (Luke Haas). Armed with only a toolbox and the will to survive, can Della make it through the night, or will this pack of rabid predators have their way? Craig Sheffer co-stars in this intense suspense thriller about one women, a night full of terror and the ultimate breaking point that lives in us all.

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  • Actors: Kim Basinger, Lukas Haas, Craig Sheffer, Jamie Starr, Leonard Wu
  • Directors: Susan Montford
  • Writers: Susan Montford, Edward Bryant
  • Producers: Ali Abouomar, Christian Arnold-Beutel, Christian Halsey Solomon, Daniel J.B. Taylor, David Roessell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001QMCJ14
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,541 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "While She Was Out" on IMDb

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Wow. Where do I begin? If you wonder why I gave this movie two stars it's only because I am a big Kim Basinger fan and I like Lukas Haas too. Everything else deserves less than one star but I decided to be generous. This was one of the most ridiculous so-called thrillers I've ever seen in my life. It wasn't crafty. It wasn't clever. It wasn't mysterious, and the only thing frightening was that someone actually thought this needed to be a movie. Why inflict such pain on the innocent movie lovers of the world?

We start off with Della (Basinger) who is supposed to be an abused wife. The only evidence of this we see is her husband (Craig Scheffer, why he's still getting parts I have no idea), yelling at Della about cleaning up the house. He jacks her up and this is supposed to convince us that Della is a battered wife. Please. So Della goes out on Christmas Eve to get some wrapping paper and all hell breaks lose. And I mean for the audience as well because the film goes downhill with every turn to the point where you'd wish she'd just go back to the house and call it a night so we can go on with our lives.

During her outing, Della is confronted by four thugs. She's left a note on their car about them taking up two parking spaces. This was the biggest question mark to me in the whole movie. HOW THE HELL DID THEY KNOW DELLA WAS THE ONE WHO LEFT THE NOTE? No one was in the car when she left it! Yet these guys knew it was her? Come on! This group who I nicknamed the Mickey Mouse club because they were about as intimidating as four little girls fighting over a Barbie doll, decides to teach Della a lesson. Lukas Haas (who I can't believe would even think of being in this mess) plays Chuckie the so-called leader of this "gang". Please.
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While She Was Out is a movie about how necessity can provide one with strength. Della (Kim Basinger) is a normal mom with two kids. She is on the timid side in her marriage, with a husband that is abusive and controlling. When Della goes for some last minute Christmas shopping, she ends up getting four thugs mad at her. From there, a stressful game of cat and mouse begins that will keep you nervous for the rest of the film.

As you can image, for a woman to be chased down by four young guys that are determined to harm her would be frightening enough for anyone. But the odds do not deter Della who just wants to get home and be with her kids. It becomes a battle between self-preservation and hunters on the chase.

Once the thugs begin to chase Della, she aggravates us a little because she seems to be trying to get away at a snail's pace but this only makes it more suspenseful. After evading the thugs from the mall, she ends up crashing her vehicle in a new home development surrounded by dense woods, escaping only with a toolbox. Of course the thugs don't give up easy and chase her. Although Della looks a little silly running away carrying this little red toolbox there is nothing funny in the way she uses it to defend herself. Although Della is mostly timid, once she is aggravated the banshee in her comes out.

While She Was Out is good film to watch if you want to raise your blood pressure, as good thrillers are supposed to do. The movie shows us just how true the expression "there is nothing more vicious than a mother that wants to defend her kids" really is. If you like thrillers or are a fan of Kim Basinger, it might be worth checking this one out.
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I was very suprised with this movie. I actually liked it! It was a little slow in the beginning. But once it got going it was very good. a lot of suspense. Ms. Basinger was very believable as a battered wife. Recommended!
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By Lisa L.Willis on January 12, 2013
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I purchased this because after I rented it, you could not find it anymore.....I told different people about it and they could never find it......We liked it....I don't know why it was never in a store where you could purchase it......
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Don't be fooled by Guillermo Del Toro's name as a producer on this film... Kim Basinger, Lukas Haas and Craig Sheffer all collect an undeserved paycheck in the straight-to-DVD exploitation revenge flick "While She Was Out".

Basinger plays a (somewhat past-her-prime) upper-middle-class trophy wife who, along with her beloved two children, is stuck in an abusive marriage to a cretinous loser of an alcoholic husband (a forgettable Craig Sheffer). After yet another round of domestic violence with her drunk hubby, Basinger takes off from her gated community digs and decides to clear her head by getting a little Christmas shopping done at the local mall. While there, she happens upon an ethnically-diverse group of particularly stupid teen mall thugs (led by a completely unconvincing Lukas Haas), who thereafter proceed to chase and terrorize Basinger until she is finally driven to fight back.

Sub-standard entry in the revenge film genre is good for one or two unintentional snickers and not much more. The film alternates between being tedious (the film is essentially one long, badly-paced chase sequence); ludicrous (somehow when stranded in a huge forest at night with her assailants, Basinger just can't seem to escape, no matter how fast she runs, no matter how much lead time she has over them...meanwhile, the bad guys, completely unfamiliar with their pitch-black surroundings and armed only with a flash light, always seem to know the general direction she is going, and never get lost while walking slowly after her); and cartoonishly, gratuitously violent (watch long, close-up money shots of assorted car tools explicitly pummeling and piercing flesh).
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