Breaking the Girls

DIRECTOR: Jamie Babbit

Expected to attend: director Jamie Babbit, screenwriter Guinevere Turner and producer Andrea Sperling.

Dark, secret desires whispered between the sheets shouldn’t be taken seriously, unless the pillow talk is about murder.

Law student Sara is supplementing her scholarship money by bartending. With an unrivaled grasp of the law, the striking blonde catches the attention of Eric, who is already dating fellow classmate Brooke. After one fateful encounter at Sara’s bar, jealous Brooke makes it her mission to sabotage every aspect of Sara’s life: she loses her job, scholarship, and housing. In walks Alex, a wild trust-fund baby lesbian with a penchant for underdogs, a mysterious past, and a hatred for her gold-digging stepmother. Though Sara has feelings for Eric, she gets entangled—physically and metaphorically—with Alex and, reminiscent of Strangers on a Train, she promises to take care of Sara’s enemy in exchange for Sara doing the same. Since she was sleepy, post-orgasmic, and not really listening, Sara is shocked to find that Alex is true to her homicidal word and fully expects Sara to keep up her end of the bargain. Betrayal, deception, and extreme creepiness ensue.

Directed by this year’s Frameline Award honoree, Jamie Babbit (Itty Bitty Titty Committee, But I’m a Cheerleader) and co-written by Guinevere Turner (American Psycho), Breaking the Girls has a lot of familiar faces in the cast—including Agnes Bruckner, Madeline Zima (Californication) and Shawn Ashmore (X-Men)—and is a sexy, twist-filled thriller where no one is who he or she claims to be.

— ANGELIQUE SMITH

AT&T Audience Award Text Voting Code: F103

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