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D.E.B.S. (2005)

Theyre crime-fighting hotties with killer bodies.

Directed by:

Angela Robinson

Rating: 6/10

Running Time: 91 minutes

US Certificate: PG-13 UK Certificate: 12A

On DVD

Country: United States

‘D.E.B.S.’ is the sort of movie that is guaranteed to polarise public opinion. On the one hand, you’ll have those who see it as a fun, bubbly, tongue-in-cheek satire on mindless kick-ass chick-flicks of the ‘Charlie’s Angels’ ilk. On the other hand, there’ll be plenty of those who just won’t be able to get around the fact that most of the acting is terrible, the story is intrinsically stupid, and the overall look of the film makes it resemble an episode of ‘Power Rangers’.

One thing everyone will agree on though is that it’s certainly original. Writer-director Angela Robinson – basing the movie on her 11-minute short of the same name from 2003 – brings us the story of a group of leggy teenage gals attending a secret government school for spies. Collectively, they’re called “D.E.B.S.”, which stands for “Discipline Energy Beauty Strength” – so, going by the “beauty” bit, we can only assume that there’s a slightly-unfair no-entry policy for the less-attractive girlies out there.

Having heard that America’s supposedly most ruthless female assassin Lucy Diamond (Jordana Brewster) is meeting with a Russian hit-woman (Jessica Cauffiel) in a nearby restaurant, the D.E.B.S. go along to do a bit of spying. Little do our heroines know, however, that far from arranging their latest dastardly plan, the pair are actually a couple of lesbians out on their first date.

Personally, I liked Robinson’s idea of getting into how difficult it must be for a criminal mastermind to go out on a quiet date. Sadly though, it never takes off from there on in, and the bulk of the tale is taken up by a silly story about her attempts to woo D.E.B.-in-turmoil Amy (Sara Foster). With its brightly-lit, mildly-futuristic sets and eye-candy cast (Brewster, in particular, has never looked better), D.E.B.S. is certainly memorable in a visual sense. It’s also just about entertaining enough to hold the attention over its 90 minutes. But, save for another look at some of those tease-tastic outfits, it’s not the sort of movie you’ll want to revisit time and time again.

It's Got: An absolute belter of a soundtrack, featuring New Order, Erasure and – quite possibly one of the best songs of all time – ‘Lovecats’ by The Cure.

It Needs: An ugly girl to turn up and take the whole D.E.B.S. organisation to court for some form of discrimination.

DVD Extras There’s a great array of extra features here for such a low-profile film. You get a choice of audio commentary (from either the stars or the director), a 12-minute ‘Infiltrating D.E.B.S.’ featurette, a 5-minute ‘Animatic’ animated storyboard, some deleted scenes, production stills gallery, and a look at a D.E.B.S. comic. DVD Extras Rating: 7/10

Alternatives:

Charlie's Angels, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, D.E.B.S. (original version)

Summary

Lipstick lesbianism and awful acting are the order of the day in this semi-enjoyable spy caper.

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