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With: Sara Foster, Jordana Brewster, Devon Aoki, Jill Ritchie, Meagan Good, Michael Clarke Duncan, Holland Taylor, Geoff Stults, Jimmi Simpson, Jessica Cauffiel
Written by: Angela Robinson
Directed by: Angela Robinson
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content and language
Running Time: 91
Date: 01/22/2004
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D.E.B.S. (2005)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Sundance queen Angela Robinson stretches out her outstanding, 11-minuteshort film D.E.B.S. (2003) to feature length. It still has some of thefun jokes and the carefree, slam-bang premise, but lacks the punch ofits predecessor. The short film had a team of four sexy girls fighting asexy villainess. One of the girls has a secret love affair with the ladyoutlaw, and gets herself "kidnapped" every so often for a secret tryst.This time, Robinson sets up the story with the supervillain, Lucy(Jordana Brewster), and heroine, Amy (Sara Foster), meeting for thefirst time, and charting the dissent their relationship causes withinthe group. Brewster makes a terrific, unpredictable villain with adazzling smile, but Foster looks a little lost in a very passive role.(It's a far cry from her warm, sexy debut in The Big Bounce.) Robinson,33, borrows heavily from Valley Girl (1983) for her plot, showing thelovers yearning for each other across the wrong sides of the tracks. Shefurther betrays her 1980s nostalgia with a great-sounding New Wavesoundtrack (The Cure, New Order, etc.). The more plot elements Robinsonuses to stretch things out, the thinner and glummer they get, especiallytoward the climax. Yet D.E.B.S. has enough wit and deadpan subtlety torecommend it. Devon Aoki (Sin City), Meagan Good and Jill Ritchie (aveteran of the short film) co-star as the other members of the team,while Michael Clarke Duncan and Holland Taylor play authority figures.

DVD Details: Sadly, Sony's DVD does not -- as we had hoped -- include Robinson's original knockout short film.

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