Thursday, May 19, 2011

Hard Breakers

Film Review by Kam Williams

Headline: Fed-Up Females Turn the Tables in Date-Rape Comedy

Alexis (Cameron Richardson) and Lindsay (Sophie Monk) are fed-up with men. First, the former’s father (Tom Arnold) left her mom for a 22 year-old bimbo (Mircea Monroe). Then, a sleazy film producer (Chris Kattan) tried to pressure the attractive, aspiring actress into appearing naked in a porno film.
When the frustrated best friends finally found some perfect gentlemen while out on the town, it turned out they were in a gay bar. Otherwise, most of the guys they’ve been dating lose interest in and respect for them once they’ve made love.
The straw that breaks the proverbial camel’s back arrives the night that Lindsay is left unsatisfied by a beefy black guy (Sticky Fingaz) who’s impressed with himself at the same time that Alexis sleeps with a flamboyant Asian (Bobby Lee) in a feathered boa offering to augment his modest endowment.
Giving up on love entirely, the girls decide to behave more like the jerks who have been using them, so they start searching for “meat that needs to be played and laid,” meaning handsome hunks they plan to date-rape. This is the point of departure of Hard Breakers, a female empowerment flick marking the writing, producing and directorial debut of Leah Sturgis.
Provided you are gullible enough to swallow the shallow and may I
suggest patently-preposterous premise featuring females turning the tables in such a self-destructive fashion, this campy comedy supplies just enough in the way of eye candy and mirth to amount to a worthwhile diversion. The plot predictably thickens when Alexis meets Mr. Perfect right when she’s finally inclined to stop playing musical beds. But will Lindsay let her partner in crime opt out of the game and settle down?
Besides co-stars Cameron Richardson and Sophie Monk constantly cavorting across the screen in skimpy outfits, the capable supporting cast (including Tom Arnold, Tia Carrere, Alexis Arquette, Stephen Tobolowsky and SNL alum Chris Kattan) allows one to ignore the multiple flaws of the problematic low-budget production. A battle-of-the-sexes farce where vindictive females force their unsuspecting prey to be friends with benefits, whether they want some or not!

Good (2 stars)
Running time: 98 Minutes
Distributor: Ocean Front Productions

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