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19 out of 25 people found the following review useful:
"A brilliant teenage comedy", 12 January 2005
Author: simon-trek from Sydney, Australia
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
'A Fate Totally Worse Than Death' is quite a provocative title. In my
country this film is called 'Bad Girls From Valley High' which I think
was made to hide what sort of film this really is.
This film is about three teenage school girls named Danielle, Tiffany and Brooke who are each the closest of friends. They are also vain, selfish and quite mean. They will do anything to get what they want especially Danielle who only has eyes for fellow student Drew and she will eliminate any other girl who becomes attracted to Drew.
Well now these mean and selfish young girls are about to suffer their worst nightmare. Someone has placed a curse on them, and the curse is rapid aging. Their hair turns grey, their skin goes wrinkly, and they become weaker and weaker. So these beautiful teenage girls change into ugly elderly women within a matter of days. They are literally rotting! For such beautiful girls this is a fate far worse than death!
This film had good performances by all the actors. I really liked the high school teacher in this film who is played by Christopher Loyyd a comedian who is best known for his role as Dr Emmet Brown in the 'Back To The Future' films. This film is based on a novel by Paul Fleischman who writes funny novels for teenagers and if his books are this good I might consider reading them. So I recommend this film for anyone who likes comedies about teenage girls.
14 out of 25 people found the following review useful:
Shamefully Good...Almost, 10 January 2006
Author: boyinflares from New Zealand
Having two actresses that I think are really good - Monica Keena
("Dawsons Creek", "Freddy vs. Jason") and Nicole Bilderbeck ("Clueless"
and "Bring It On") intrigued me to watch this film - plus it seemed in
the style of the fantastic "Mean Girls". Instead, the film was a bit of
a let down, though it had some good moments. Julie Benz gets most of
the screen time, and she is pretty decent, while Monica Keena and
Nicole Bilderbeck are good, this is not their best work.
The rest of the cast didn't fare much better. Suzanna Urszulay was uninteresting as the new girl, Jonathan Brandis (R.I.P) was nice to look at, but rather bland, and Chris D'Elia was only funny until he became annoying. Janet Leigh (R.I.P), gives, as usual, a terrific performance in her small role, though I wonder what she was thinking when she signed up for it. Christopher Lloyd is funny as the school teacher.
The film seems to try a bit hard in places, and fails. It also seems of poor quality, for example, when the three girls are in the school, there isn't the usual back ground noise you would expect, and it is very noticeable. There are far worse films that one could watch, but there are far better ones also. Only the actors redeem this film.
10 out of 18 people found the following review useful:
Mildly entertaining, 8 March 2009
Author: KolaBeforeCola from Somewhere Nowhere Everywhere
I watched this movie circa 2005/2006 and didn't think I wasted my money
on the rental... it was enjoyable.
Do not take it too seriously. It was filmed just off the mark from the 90s/00s boundary in 2000 (which is why it gives off that 90s vibe) and apparently ran into financial difficulties during post production and thus did not get released to the general public until 2005.
It's a typical high school teen comedy flick except with a supernatural / curse theme. The movie is pretty mundane in it's use of the "bitch girl" clichés but if you are seriously just looking for a way to kill some time and the chick flick genre is your penchant... this movie isn't half bad.
Definite acquired taste for a girls night in, 23 March 2013
Author: serenaespinoza11 from Alaska, USA
I give it a 4 for effort. This is not a great or meaningful l movie by
no means, but one for a girls night in and a bottle of wine. I actually
watched it with my very mature 8 year old son,
we thought it was funny stupid. He actually asked to change it, but when the girl *tooted* in the gym he got interested, LOL! I love how they threw in a great actor, Christopher Lloyd.
So I would NEVER suggest this movie to anyone, but if you are bored or have nothing to watch or you are just adventurous and curious and just want to watch another movie, then go for it!!!
I gave it a 4 out of ten for effort.
It's funny in a pathetic kind of way, 6 November 2012
Author: dekion45 from Canada
I wanted to watch this movie because it was Jonathan Brandis' "last
movie" so to speak. Well it has very little to do with him or his
acting. They don't even test his acting. Here are my main observations
on this movie.
1) This is a movie just reeking of mid to late 90's culture and it was released in 2005?! That had me rolling. I'm sure this was only released to the public based on the death of Brandis and Leigh which is sad. But dude, is this valley girl type movie dated or what? even for 2005 the people who saw it were shocked to see how much fashion had changed. Nobody cared about Valley Girl crap anymore. It was 10 years since Clueless! I think one girl had a cell phone, it was 2005. This is what happens when you release movies years later. The world goes and changes on you.
2) Julie Benz as a high schooler? She was 28 playing a 17 year old and when you first see her on film there is no getting around the fact she does not belong in high school. Neither does Brandis for that sake. It's so sad. **It's funny to note a year after this came out on DVD she plays Dexter's girlfriend in the hit Showtime show of the same name. That's how dated this movie was, even then.
3) Christopher Lloyd. His pratfalls were relentless and pathetically hilarious. If he died right after this movie we would have felt so bad for him when we saw this. Maybe he was really in the red that year and had to do what it took. Why cast him in the first place? Way too qualified.
4) Chris D'Elia and Aaron Paul are actually very funny in a sub moronic way. Aaron's character is insanely hyperactive to say the least.
5) The end is just cruel and goes against the grain of this thing. Give it a try, it has be seen to be believed.
However, I do like that this movie doesn't take itself seriously and the director clearly used a light hand with this one.
I rate this movie a 5 out of 10. It's just too pitiful and funny to hate this popsickle stick movie. Watch it for Aaron's performance alone.
Late Night Movie Fare, 24 June 2012
Author: peace63 from Valencia, Spain
This is the kind of movie that you want to see late at night, when you
just want some mindless entertainment. I almost fell of my chair when I
saw Jonathan Brandis was in this film, since he had passed away two
years before it was released. I guess Bad Girls was on the shelf for a
while. It certainly seems dated.
The teenage high school girls are played by a cast is that mostly around thirty years old, or older. Julie Benz is the oldest of these high school girls, and I have to agree with the reviewer that mentioned that she looks around forty in this flick. I thought she was one of the teachers when she first appeared.
Christopher Lloyd is in this film to do pratfalls, and it is a sad waste of his talent. I wonder why he would be in this movie. Aside from walking into doors, he is occasionally oogling the girls. I felt sorry for him, as he was playing the role that usually goes to some unknown college student-actor.
Overall, there is not much to recommend this film. If you missed seeing the Valley Girl movies of the 1990s, then this dated after-thought might fill the bill. If you have a bag of potato chips and a case of insomnia, and Bad Girls happens to be on the tube, then you can kill 90 minutes looking at Julie Benz trying to remember what being a teenager was like.
30 out of 63 people found the following review useful:
Thanks Jonathan!, 10 December 2005
Author: Rodan Thompson from United States
It's good to know that Jonathan Brandis and Janet Leigh's finals films
are available for their many fans. Both actors had such talent. Janet's
long career strewn with gem's of her stellar talent. And Jonathan's
shining efforts, tragically cut short, a loss to the film making
community. Final films of many artist are not always what we'd call the
finest examples of their craft. But the fact that two years after their
deaths, that the public still want's to see their work must mean a lot
to their family. I had the pleasure of knowing Jonathan for a brief
period in the 90's and he was the most charming and friendly of
~Jonathan thank you for all your gifts you've left us.~ ~Janet--- you sure could scream!
2 out of 10 people found the following review useful:
Really bad may be a bit of a spoiler, 17 February 2008
Author: DanniBarrow from United Kingdom
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OK first things first, everything just looked so fake, it was the most pointless movie i ever had to watch , there was barley any story line and the main character looked about 40 at the start anyway, then wen she got changed to look older . u could hardly notice the difference, i watched this movie 4 times because i thought that there may be something to get that only i was not getting, on the final time i watched it with a friend and she was sat there like :S errrrr why are we watching this.. and then it dawned on me ... i really do not know why i would watch this once let alone four times.. this probably will not be useful but all I'm trying to say is. Do not watch it, don't waist you time, its not worth it . you could make up a better movie in your head.
8 out of 23 people found the following review useful:
Terrible, 30 June 2007
Author: sallyfifth from the great north
Put this in the same category as "Death to Smoochy" a movie about
characters that are incapable of eliciting audience sympathy both the
good guys and the bad guys alike. Everyone is wasted in this, and the
prat falls of Chris Lloyd are below Disney Channel standards. The
actress who plays Katarina, though nice to look at, is just a confusing
and ugly mess of traits that seem arbitrary and wholly unrealistic.
This smacks of a cheap Mean Girls cash in, but where Mean Girls had a
heart this has a gaping black hole.
Not a likable or intriguing character among the bunch. Just absolutely terrible. The twist is obvious from the outset, and the ending is beyond cruel given the tone of the film prior to it.
Just an embarrassing mess.
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