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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Bad Girls From Valley High
Bad Girls From Valley High
Universal // R // March 22, 2005
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted April 4, 2005 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

Originally shot in 2000, "Bad Girls From Valley High" is just now hitting video shelves. The picture isn't great cinema by any means, but it's an occasionally amusing B-movie that merges "Mean Girls" and "Jawbreaker" with a bit of horror. The film focuses on Danielle (Julie Benz), the "Queen Bee" of the popular group at her school. She's followed by her two underlings, Tiffany (Nicole Bilderback) and Brooke (Monica Keena). One year after the death of a fellow student, Charity (Tanja Reichert), an exchange student from Romania, Katarina (Suzanna Urszuly), moves into the school and moves in on Danielle's territory.

Suddenly, the girls start to age rapidly, first becoming tired and then worse: one of them even begins to require adult diapers. The three come to the conclusion that Katarina is the return of Charity in some form, seeking her revenge. It's kind of a clever way to approach the teen genre, and one that I'm surprised hasn't been attempted before.

However, the production values are pretty low, and this definitely appears to have been a production meant for cable or video. The acting isn't anything special, as Benz doesn't exactly make for a strong lead, and the supporting efforts don't make much impression, either. However, director John T. Kretchmer (helmer of episodes of "Charmed", "Dark Angel", "Xena", "Buffy", "Veronica Mars" and others) has the right idea about the material and plays up the absurdity, not taking it seriously. This approach rescues some of the jokes and results in some so-so bits being funnier than they would otherwise be.

Overall, not a terrific movie - better casting could have helped - but those in the mood for a goofy, silly teen B-movie might find something to like.


The DVD

VIDEO: "Bad Girls From Valley High" is presented by Universal in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. The picture quality doesn't have any serious faults, but there's nothing particularly remarkable about it, either. Sharpness and detail are standard, as the picture appeared crisp and fairly detailed, but small object detail was a bit lacking. A little bit of shimmering and edge enhancement was present at times during the presentation, but the print appeared to be in fine shape, with no scratches, marks or other faults. Colors were bright and crisp, with no smearing.

SOUND: "Bad Girls" is presented with a 2.0 stereo mix. The audio quality is fine, with clear dialogue, music and effects.

EXTRAS: A couple of brief deleted scenes are included, that's it. Otherwise, there isn't even scene selections.

Final Thoughts: "Bad Girls" has some funny moments and a good concept, but better casting would have helped. The DVD doesn't offer much of anything in the way of supplements, but audio/video quality is fine. Those in the mood for a goofy teen B-movie may want to try it as a rental.

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