Reviewed March 17th, 2002 by David Nusair
Midway through 100 Girls, I couldn’t help but think of a movie from a couple of years ago called 8 Days a Week. That movie featured a central character so obsessed with a girl, that he vows to spend the entire summer camped outside her house – in a creepy effort to get her to notice him. 8 Days a Week was chock full of movie references and various musings on the relationships between men and women. 100 Girls features a similarly girl-obsessed protagonist who, after spending a glorious night in a dark elevator (yes, you read that right) with his dream girl, becomes obsessed with finding her again – even though she’s one of 100 girls in a dormitory.
The film’s aimless structure – the entire plot can easily be summed up in one sentence – becomes a little tiresome after a while, though the enthusiasm of the cast and the occasionally witty script make up for it. Writer/director Michael Davis (who, not surprisingly, also wrote and directed 8 Days a Week) keeps things light and frothy, which gives the flick an air of carefree innocence – though really, how innocent can a movie featuring an apparatus for penile improvement be?
It helps that star Jonathan Tucker is so amiable; this is the sort of guy it’d be real easy to hate. His obsession with the fairer sex borders on creepy, but in the hands of Tucker, this character becomes endearing and even a little sweet. Ditto the girls, who run the gamut from butch to shy to ugly to goth. And as embodied by the various actresses (from Roswell’s Katherine Hiegl to On The Line’s Emmanuelle Chriqui), they’re an agreeable bunch.
100 Girls isn’t exactly a spectacular film on any sort of level, but given that the resurgence in teen flicks has churned out some real stinkers like American Pie and Scary Movie, you could certainly do worse.
Audio: 100 Girls is presented with a DD 2.0 soundtrack and it’s acceptable. Obviously, there are no impressive displays of aural amazement to be had here, but the ample dialogue comes through crisp and clear.
Video: In what’s becoming an increasingly rare sight, 100 Girls’ transfer is (horror of horrors!) non-anamorphic. But nevertheless, it’s not bad. The ratio of 1.85:1 looks good, with vibrant colors and deep blacks. Sure, an anamorphic transfer would have been nice, but I really doubt there’s going to be a huge uproar over its omission.
Extras: A trailer.
Conclusion: 100 Girls is a cute but inconsequential little flick. Worth a rental, at the very least.
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