Plot: What’s it about?
Matt (Jonathan Tucker) has never had much luck with women, so it is no surprise it takes total darkness for him to finally connect with someone. You see, he was leaving a party at an all girls dorm, when the power went out and he & a mystery woman were stuck inside. As the night wore on, the two talked and talked, making a real connection and before the night was over, Matt has lost his virginity and fallen in love. But she was gone before he woke up and now, he is determined to find her and even though he only has her panties, he is not about to lose this one. Although his roommate Rod (James DeBello) tells him to let it go, Matt begins an assault on that female dorm, using all kinds of approaches to search for his mate. But it isn’t easy, as he runs into all sorts of women in the dorm, some of whom abuse them, others who ignore him, and some who even talk to him, but all of them confuse him. Will Matt ever be able to track down his mystery woman, or will he be left with a vacuum in his heart and pants forever?
This quirky, very talky romantic comedy is aimed at the college kids, but still manages to do a little more than most teen driven pieces. I admit the writing is weak at times, but it can also be quite humorous and effective, with some terrific speeches shoved in at times. It might sound too clever for its own good here and there, but it ends up on the plus side, at least in some respects. As usual, this film takes the stance on the female side of the coin to a fault at times, it even plays like a feminist propaganda flick at times. This is due not only to the material, but also the miscast Jonathan Tucker, who can’t sell his lines very well and a result, is always upstaged and outshined by the various females (and males) around him. So we have a weak male lead in a sea of spot on female workers, which should signal from the start, this one isn’t going to make the male mind look too good and of course, it doesn’t. But some of the material works well enough, the girls are terrific, and above all else, James DeBello is great in his role, the film’s highlight, I think. If you like teen comedies and need a new one, then I recommend that you give 100 Girls a rental.
He is often used as a negative element here, but James DeBello is hilarious in his role and in the end, I think he steals the show. It almost seems like we’re supposed to see his character as the enemy at times, but he seems much more natural than our true lead, who usually seems like an ass kisser. So he isn’t always likable, but DeBello’s character has some of the flick’s best lines and of course, DeBello delivers with zest and they work to full impact. I’ve enjoyed several of DeBello’s turns and I look forward to more of his work, especially in comedies. You can also see DeBello in such films as Detroit Rock City, Scary Movie 2, American Pie, and Crime & Punishment in Suburbia. The cast also includes Marissa Ribisi (Dazed and Confused, Lip Service), Katherine Heigl (Valentine, Wish Upon a Star), Jaime Pressly (Poor White Trash, Joe Dirt), Larisa Oleynik (The Baby-sitter’s Club, 10 Things I Hate About You), Emmanuelle Chriqui (Snow Day, Cruel Intentions 2), and Aimee Graham (Perdita Durango, Jackie Brown).
Video: How does it look?
100 Girls is presented in a 1.85:1 widescreen transfer, which is not enhanced for widescreen televisions. I am a little let down here, as Trimark has been consistent with anamorphic treatments, but has dropped the ball with this release. The image is still solid and more than watchable, but I think a full 16:9 enhanced version would have improved the visuals. As it stands, things look a little soft at times and unrefined, both symptoms of a normal letterbox transfer. The colors and contrast come across well enough however, so the image remains stable, even if not too impressive. I am not totally disappointed with the end result here, but let’s hope Trimark sticks with anamorphic transfers in the future, as these letterbox ones simply don’t cut it.
Audio: How does it sound?
As this is a dialogue driven comedy, the audio remains front channel based, aside from some sporadic presence in the rear speakers. Most of the surround use comes from the pop rock soundtrack, but some other use also surfaces, though not too much. The included Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is a good one however, very natural in tone and when needed, it supplies the extra boost to ensure it all sounds smooth. No issues with dialogue in the least, as vocals are clean and crisp from start to finish. This disc also includes subtitles in English, Spanish, and French.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This house the film’s trailer, but no other supplements have been included.