‘Girls Against Boys,’ reviewed by Marshall Fine


I found myself strangely compelled by Austin Chick’s “Girls Against Boys,” as much for what it doesn’t say as for what it does.

The film starts with a flash-forward, with a young woman named Lu (Nicole LaLiberte), sexually teasing a cop (Matthew Rauch) in a bedroom, then getting him to let her blindfold and handcuff him to the bed. Then she pulls out his gun – and as the vibe radically changes, the movie jumps into the past.

The focus, in fact, is Shae (Danielle Panabaker), a college student first seen being dumped by her married lover. That night, while tending bar, she’s obviously upset – and is approached by another bartender, who turns out to be Lu. Lu suggests that they go find some guys and party, to take Shae’s mind off her romantic problems.

That, however, goes wrong when the guy she meets winds up raping her the next morning. When Lu finds out later, she hustles Shae off to the police station – but the cops are unsympathetic and callous. So it’s time for a little female justice.

This review continues on my website.

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