D.E.B.S. (2004)Thursday, 14. March 2013
Director: Angela Robinson
Writer: Angela Robinson
Cast: Sara Foster, Jordana Brewster, Meagan Good, Devon Aoki, Jill Ritchie, Geoff Stults, Jimmi Simpson, Scoot McNairy, Holland Taylor, Michael Clarke Duncan
Amy (Sara Foster), Max (Meagan Good), Dominique (Devon Aoki) and Janet (Jill Ritchie) are part of the D.E.B.S. – a group of students recruited as spies. When their big nemesis Lucy Diamon (Jordana Brewster) comes into town, they start to surveil her. But when Amy actually meets Lucy, she’s surprised by the instant attraction she feels towards her. Caught between her obligations and her heart, Amy has to decide which way to go.
Despite all the attempts by its marketing to sell this as a “sexy, kick-ass, lesian schoolgirls wank fantasy”, D.E.B.S. is actually a whole lot of fun. It’s extremely silly, but also absolutely adorable and it made me laugh.
The biggest beef I have with this film really is its marketing, which is supported by the unfortunate fact that the D.E.B.S. are really wearing these school girl outfits and the skirts of the main four are actually about 30cm shorter than everybody else’s.
But other than that the movie really is delightful, in a very silly way. It doesn’t take anything seriously, least of all itself and pokes fun at pretty much all spy movie conventions.
And I very much liked the characters. Not only Amy and Lucy, but especially Janet and Scud (Jimmi Simpson) who is like the perfect sassy, straight best friend. I also enjoyed Ms. Petrie (Holland Taylor). The only one I didn’t get was Mr. Phipps (Michael Clarke Duncan). I mean, how did he get to be anybody in an all-female organization? Michael Clarke Duncan was great, though.
The film is just really light-hearted and fun, but still lets you connect with the characters. Is it a great piece of cinema? No. But it is a freaking enjoyable one.