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100 Girls
Trimark // R // September 11, 2001
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted October 2, 2001 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

The teen comedy genre has taken up where the teen horror genre has left off. Although things seem to be winding down, there's the occasional title that sneaks under the radar. "100 Girls" was essentially off any radar, not even getting a theatrical release, except for a limited European outing. It's fairly suprising, given that the film has a fairly creative plot and at least some limited star power.

The film stars newcomer Jonathan Tucker as Matthew, a college freshman who has a rather interesting experience one night. He leaves a girls' dorm party and gets in the elevator with a girl he doesn't see. The power suddenly goes out and the two get to talking and go much further than that, but Matthew never manages to get the girl's name. Still, after talking (and more) with her, he believes that the girl he was with is the girl he's meant to be with - that whole "destiny" thing.

So, he sets off to find his Cinderella, but there's only one problem: no guys are allowed in the girl's dorm. So, he creatively decides to become the janitor for the dorm and comes up with ways to get the girls out of their room long enough to search for clues that will lead him to believe that he's found the right one.

Although "100 Girls" is just as sex-obsessed as any of the other teen comedies ("American Pie", etc), it actually does occasionally come up with some clever dialogue discussing the nature of relationships. It also boasts a very fine female cast, including Emmanuelle Chriqui ("Snow Day", the upcoming "On The Line" starring 1/2 of N'Sync), Katherine Heigel(TV's "Roswell"), Jaime Pressly("Poison Ivy 3", "Joe Dirt"), Larisa Oleynik("10 Things I Hate About You") and others. Although there's certainly a lot of characters (although it didn't seem like there were the 100 girls the film talked about), the great majority of the characters are nicely developed and have fairly distinct personalities.

It's too bad that the film (apparently shot in late 1999) was never able to work out a better distribution deal - the language and situations may have been a bit much, but yet, the film was still apparently able to get an R. Good-natured, well-acted and boasting a fairly strong cast and respectable production values, "100 Girls" is certainly one of the better teen films that I've seen in recent memory.


The DVD

VIDEO: Trimark presents "100 Girls" in a non-anamorphic 1.85:1 transfer. As with most of the studio's titles, their efforts are only mildly successful. Sharpness and detail are fairly weak throughout the picture, with some of the indoor sequences looking almost hazy at times. Some of the brighter indoor and outdoor sequences do look somewhat more well-defined, but the overall look of the movie still comes up short of expectations on detail.

Some further problems do appear, but nothing as serious as the softness. I noticed some minor print flaws in the form of speckles and the occasional mark, but these certainly didn't present that much of a problem and only appeared infrequently. Only some minor pixelation was seen and I didn't notice any instances of edge enhancement. Some of the darker sequences appeared mildly grainy, but not horribly so.

Colors varied up throughout the picture, but still managed to look fairly good. At times they appeared somewhat bland, but otherwise they looked natural and accurate. This is an okay transfer, but I'd be pleased if Trimark was able to start putting in more effort.

SOUND: The box says 5.1, the disc offers 2.0. The movie is essentially dialogue-driven for the most part, but the musical score occasionally comes in with a fair amount of power behind it. Dialogue sounded clear and easily understood throughout the picture. There's not a lot going on and I sort of doubt a 5.1 presentation would have made much difference, except for opening the music out somewhat.

MENUS: The menus really can't get anymore basic then they are, blandly using film-themed images.

EXTRAS: Trimark has been preparing some special editions on a slightly more frequent basis lately. This title is not one of them. The only thing that's included on "100 Girls" is the film's theatrical trailer.

Final Thoughts: Although the dialogue and situations of "100 Girls" focuses on what all teen comedies focus on, the filmmakers were able to add some intelligent dialogue and characters that aren't fully-realized, but certainly aren't one-dimensional, either. It's a good-natured and well-acted comedy that should entertain those who enjoyed films like "American Pie". The quality of Trimark's DVD release doesn't exactly make a case for the film, but it's still worth a look as a rental.

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