Bad Girls Don’t Cry, They Get Even

Last night I watched a movie that had me scratching my head a little, but now makes much more sense – having read up about it and re-watched parts. “Girls Against Boys”, released in 2012, is an American thriller film written and directed by Austin Chick (“XX/XY”, “August”).

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Nicole LaLiberte
Nicole LaLiberte

The movie opens with Lulu (Nicole LaLiberte – “Nous York”, “News From Nowhere”) in a bedroom, teasing a cop, removing her dress and getting the cop blindfolded and handcuffed to the bed. His initial excitement vanishes once he realises that Lulu has his gun in her hands.

Danielle Panabaker
Danielle Panabaker

We then just back into the past, where college student / part-time bartender Shae (Danielle Panabaker – “Time Lapse”, “Piranha 3DD”) is being dumped by her married boyfriend, who only now decides to let on that not only is he married but that he has a daughter too.

Danielle Panabaker & Michael Stahl-David
Danielle Panabaker & Michael Stahl-David

That night, whilst working at the bar, she meets Lulu (also a bartender) who offers support to Shae and suggests they go out for a drink and a good time. Things badly wrong for Shae, however, when she is raped outside her apartment the following morning by Simon (Michael Stahl-David – “Cloverfield”) one of the guys they met at a club.

Nicole LaLiberte
Nicole LaLiberte

Following a meeting with her ex, Terry (Andrew Howard – “Taken 3”) which also nearly results in an unwanted sexual liaison, Shae and Lulu go to the police to report the earlier rape. Unfortunately, Officer Daniels (Matthew Rauch – “Banshee”) the cop who takes the complaint (and who just happens to be the same one from the opening sequence) is very dismissive and unsympathetic towards Shae – leading Lulu to take action.

Nicole LaLiberte, Danielle Panabaker & Andrew Howard
Nicole LaLiberte, Danielle Panabaker & Andrew Howard

The two then spend the weekend wreaking their revenge on the men that have wronged Shae. Although Shae notes later that it hasn’t made her feel any better, Lulu points out that they nonetheless enjoyed the buzz.

Danielle Panabaker & Liam Aiken
Danielle Panabaker & Liam Aiken

Things take a different turn when Shae goes back to college and strikes up a friendship with fellow student Tyler (Liam Aiken – “Ned Rifle”) Lulu appears to become jealous and possessive.

So far, so straightforward-ish as a rape revenge movie. However, did a little deeper and the clues are there (particularly in the final scenes) that all is not as in may at first appear. Correctly, or otherwise, one can view the events as having taken place in Shae’s imagination and see Lulu as acting out Shae’s revenge fantasies – and that that’s what the remain… as fantasies.

Whatever your take on it, this is a movie that’s well worth checking out and seeing where it takes you…

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