The End Result
Despite its touchy subject matter, Girls Against Boys is not as explicit -- sexually or violently -- as it could've been, and it's refreshing to see a horror movie show some restraint for once. The script, however, has some shortcomings -- especially in its explanation (or lack thereof) of Shae's willingness to go down such a dark path so readily. Also, while you can read a female empowerment message in the plot, there's something a bit off-putting about the film being written and directed by a man (Austin Chick) who has the two female leads walking around in tight, revealing clothes and high heels and snuggling in bed in their underwear like they're in one of his wet dreams.
That said, the direction has an effective indie grit about about it, the pace is quick, and the plot stops short of becoming so dark and depressing it hinders the entertainment factor.
- Acting: B- (LaLiberte makes for a charismatic villain.)
- Direction: C+ (The tone is a bit uneven, but there's a likable indie vibe.)
- Script: C (A lack of background information makes some actions feel dubious.)
- Gore/Effects: C (Surprisingly not very explicit.)
- Overall: C+ (A flawed but satisfying revenge flick..)
Girls Against Boys is directed by Austin Chick and is rated R by the MPAA for violence, some sexual content/nudity and language. Release date: February 1, 2013.