Breaking the Girls Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Breaking the Girls

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes, violence, sex scenes, and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Pretty cracked.

  • Starring:

    Agnes Bruckner, Madeline Zima, Shawn Ashmore, Shanna Collins, Sam Anderson, Kate Levering, John Stockwell, Davenia McFadden

  • Directed by:

    Jamie Babbit

  • Running time:

    83 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are murdered (strangulation implied, stabbing, beaten). A child sees her mother's corpse. A girl is shoved. Stealing, shoplifting. Objects smashed, broken glass. Murder discussed. Weapons handled (gun, knife, hammer). Blood/gore: Corpses (human, animal). Bloody fingers, blood-sucking, blood in water, stab wound, blood on clothing. Scratches.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Couple seen having sex. Kissing (female-female; male-female). Threesome. Sexual touching, flirting, groping. Oral sex implied. Infidelity. Women, man in underwear. Nude couples (implied) beneath sheets. Skimpy clothing, swimwear. Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Smoking marijuana, cigarettes. Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits). Inebriation. Smoking.Drug habit, overdose mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-word, b*tch. Name-calling. Derogatory term for disabled people. Religious exclamation. Gender, sexual stereotypes.

  • THEMES:

    Murder, law, jealousy, revenge, artwork, relationships, childhood trauma, wealth, sexual experimentation, blackmail, scheming, betrayal, hidden motives, evidence, confessions, investigation, Strangers On A Train.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    A boyfriend cheats on his girlfriend. Deceased mothers discussed. Estranged father, suicide mentioned. Father married to girl's best friend. Job loss, revocation. Pregnancy mentioned. Taxidermy animals, fur blankets, fur rugs. Snail, chickens.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Intriguing psychology, solid performances. Graceful, stylish, well-crafted first act. Erotic.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Generic score, over-complicated plot, flat direction, slow pace. Implausible, bland, perfunctory, shameless, exploitative, flavourless, obvious, strained, contrived.

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