Watch Breaking The Girls
- 1 hr 25 min
Breaking The Girls is a 2012 thriller directed by Jamie Babbit, starring Agnes Bruckner, Madeline Zima, and Shawn Ashmore. The movie follows the story of two young women, Sara Ryan (Agnes Bruckner) and Alex Layton (Madeline Zima), from entirely different backgrounds, who meet at college and form an unlikely bond. Sara is a working-class student struggling to pay for tuition, while Alex is a rich, privileged young woman who seems to have everything.
However, despite their differences, the two women quickly become friends by sharing their secrets and scandals with each other. They soon realize that they can use each other to make their dreams come true. Alex confesses to Sara that she wants to get rid of her stepmother and inherit her fortune, while Sara reveals that she wants to kill her ideal boyfriend, Eric (Shawn Ashmore), after he breaks up with her.
Paying attention to the saying "You murder mine, I'll murder yours," the two soon decide to manipulate each other into killing their respective targets. However, things quickly spiral out of control as each killing leads to a series of grisly events that put everyone involved in danger.
As the plot unravels, the film keeps the viewers intrigued by unfolding the dark and dangerous depths the characters will sink to achieve their desires. The movie is an engaging piece of cinema with a fresh perspective on the classic 'criss-cross' narrative that keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat throughout.
Agnes Bruckner delivers a fantastic performance as the struggling student, Sara Ryan, who finds herself being swept away by the power of her newfound friendship with Alex. Madeline Zima also gives a noteworthy performance as the privileged and dominant Alex Layton. Shawn Ashmore adds a touch of mystery to the film as the curious Eric.
The film is beautifully shot, and the suspenseful soundtrack adds to the intensity of the movie. Director Jamie Babbit keeps the screenplay engaging, maintaining an air of unpredictability throughout the film, right until the end.
The theme of feminism is subtly interwoven into the dialogue and subtext as the women's plan to take down their enemies could be seen as an empowering act against the patriarchy. However, the movie does not rely on this, as it remains an engaging thriller, first and foremost.
The film has its share of shocks and jumps, but the twists and turns are cleverly crafted and executed, making for an enjoyable, suspenseful ride. The movie has a run-time of 87 minutes, and over that duration, it manages to pack quite a punch, with an ending that is both shocking and satisfying.
Breaking The Girls is a gripping thriller that manages to stay engaging from start to finish. Its talented cast delivers superb performances, and the director manages to keep the audience guessing until the very end. With its excellent pacing, beautiful cinematography, and a script that ties everything together perfectly, the film is an underappreciated gem in the thriller genre.
Breaking The Girls is a 2013 crime movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 25 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.0 and a MetaScore of 42.