Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice, while boys are made of slugs and snails and puppy dog tails. These quotes and thousands of others like it enforce the idea of feminism. The idea of female power is not unknown in the world of media, but rarely do we ever get a movie that sweats and bleeds girl power. “Girls Against Boys” is one of those movies that a number of girls can appreciate, but if there was ever a sexist film, it would be this one.
Danielle Panabaker plays Shae, a girl that just…is having some bad luck in the love department. First she begins seeing a man that she later finds out is married with a family, and then she parties with a couple of guys, one of which ends up raping her. Needless to say, she has had a bad couple of days. Her new friend, Lu (Nicole LaLiberte), decides that because the police clearly can do nothing, justice is in their hands, so off they go to kill a bunch of guys.
First of all, let’s talk about the title of the movie. “Girls Against Boys” seems to imply certain equality between both female and male counterparts; as if the film contained an adversarial process. Instead, there are only defenseless men being killed at the hands of scorned women. So, the movie automatically holds a message of superiority in women, which is surprising when you learn that it was written and directed by a man. It’s not the idea of women getting even against men that have wronged them that is so bad, it is the apparent lack of energy in the movie.
Any movie that goes to the extreme, as this film does, needs to have some soul. It needs soul, mixed in with a story that is more developed than this, and believable performances. Only then can the movie be considered epic. There is just too much that feels as if it escapes the initial plan. In short, it feels incomplete…for a number of reasons.
The acting isn’t necessarily terrible, but it is far from award-winning material. This is because the performances were lacking any real connection. There wasn’t enough character development for the audience to connect with, and there was no real chemistry between the main actresses. This was probably their main flaw throughout the movie. Any movie can have a terrible plot, but as with any movie, it is important to have a great execution.
The movie itself needed more emotion from both the actors and the scenes. Another flaw that the film had was the fact that it felt like a production. There is no real factor that pulls you in and subconsciously makes you feel as if this is real. It feels fake.
This is a film for the ladies if ever there was one. The fact that the film feels like a production will make no difference to several women who decide to watch this film, because to them it will just be good fun. If I may make one suggestion, it would be to watch the movie and realize that it is just a movie. Don’t let it control your thoughts, because you may not understand this now, but men are not always evil. You may have a bad match now and then, but that does not mean you should generalize. Men, stay away from this film. It may not be a typical chick flick, but it is a chick flick nonetheless.
“Girls Against Boys” comes to Blu-Ray and DVD on Feb. 26!