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Dumb 'D.E.B.S.'

By Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 25, 2005; Page WE35

A hideously unfunny spy spoof with pretensions to social satire in its treatment of a lesbian relationship, "D.E.B.S." can at least be said to have its heart in the right place. Unfortunately, its head is so far up its own you-know-what, it can't see straight.

Based on her 2003 short of the same name parodying "Charlie's Angels"-type films and television shows, writer-director Angela Robinson's feature debut is well intentioned but dumb. Flatly written, stiffly acted and directed with less sense of pacing and visual composition than a real estate agent training video, the movie centers on the efforts of an elite squad of bodacious, college-age super-agents known as D.E.B.S. (Sara Foster, Meagan Goode, Jill Ritchie and Devon Aoki) to bring a dangerous criminal mastermind named Lucy Diamond (Jordana Brewster) to justice. As luck and Central Casting would have it, Lucy also happens to be a hottie with tight abs, and when she and top-performing D.E.B.S. agent Amy (Foster) wind up in a standoff with guns pointed at each other's pretty little head, love, or something like it, blossoms. Soon Lucy and Amy are sneaking off for open-mouthed kisses and clandestine bra-snapping sessions when they should be trying to kill each other.

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This, in any other film, would lead to complications or, at minimum, high jinks. Here, it only prolongs the tedium of a film that seemed stagnant at the 10-minute mark. The best thing I can say about it? In a way, it reminds me of two-thirds of "The Wizard of Oz." Heart and courage it's got, but unfortunately, no brains.

D.E.B.S. (PG-13, 91 minutes) --Contains obscenity, cartoonish violence and sexual themes. At Cineplex Odeon Shirlington and Cineplex Odeon Dupont Circle.


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