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While She Was Out (2008)

A young woman out late for Christmas Eve shopping is soon terrorized by a small gang of troublemakers, and she must fight for her life.

Director:

Susan Montford

Writers:

Edward Bryant (short story), Susan Montford

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Basinger ... Della
Lukas Haas ... Chuckie
Craig Sheffer ... Kenneth
Jamie Starr Jamie Starr ... Huey
Leonard Wu ... Vingh
Luis Chávez ... Tomas (as Luis Chavez)
Luke Gair Luke Gair ... Terry
Erika-Shaye Gair ... Tammi
Wayne Bernard Wayne Bernard ... Angry Driver
Ari Solomon ... Rent A Cop
Sadie Lawrence Sadie Lawrence ... Perfume Sales Lady
Alana Husband ... Lingerie Sales Assistant
Katie Messina ... Coffee Sales Person
Rachel Hayward ... Lynn
Lossen Chambers ... Pharmacy Sales Assistant
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Storyline

Della Myers is an overwhelmed upper-middle-class housewife who lives in a large house in the suburbs with her twin children and her abusive husband, Kenneth. Kenneth lets Della know that he thinks she gives all her attention to the twins and neglects her house and her appearance. Late on Christmas Eve, Della drives to the local mall to buy gift-wrap. While searching for a parking space in the jam-packed lot, Della notices an old car taking up two spaces. Frustrated and annoyed, she decides to leave a paper message on the windshield of the old car, writing, "Hey, Jerk. Two parking spaces. How selfish can you be?" After the mall closes, Della's car is held by the driver of the old car and she is threatened by four punks -- Chuckie, Huey, Vingh, and Tomás. When the security guard of the mall attempts to protect Della, he is shot and killed by Chuckie. Della tries to escape from the criminals in her truck, but the gang chases her. In the chase, she crashes in a nearby forest. What unfolds... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Edited and revised for clarity by JKS, United States

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Everyone has a breaking point. Tonight, she reaches hers See more »


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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 March 2009 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Mientras estás fuera See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Version of this story was filmed as a segment of the anthology series The Hidden Room starring Stephanie Zimbalist as Della. See more »

Connections

Remake of The Hidden Room: While She Was Out (1993) See more »

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While She Was Out is a really bad film
13 June 2009 | by ArgemalucoSee all my reviews

I remember the days in which Kim Basinger was nothing more than a pretty face who adorned movies with typical characters of dumb Blondie,romantic interest or damsel in danger.But,everything changed when she won an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress for her role in the excellent movie L.A. Confidential,and I think I was not the only one who was surprised by her solid performance.However,after that moment,her career did not follow the ideal path.Sure,the prestige she won thanks to that movie made her to participate on moderately prestigious movies (like People I Know or The Door in the Floor),but we have never seen her again on a substantial character.The movie While She Was Out does nothing to put her on that situation; and it is not only that her character is not too tasty,but also that the movie is really crappy.The screenplay from this movie could not be more hollow and basic.However,Basinger brings some conviction to her character,and that makes this poor movie to win a few points.This movie is full of clichés and generic villains.The work of director Susan Montford is truly disastrous for many reasons but mainly,because the movie never gets a good rhythm and tone.The ending from this movie is extremely ridiculous.I do not recommend While She Was Out at all.This film commits the capital sin of being boring.


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