Release Date: Sept. 22, 2000
Directed by: Michael Davis
Starring: Jonathan Tucker, Emmanuelle Chriqui, James DeBello, Katherine Heigl, Larisa Oleynik, Jaime Pressly, Marissa Ribisi
Box Office: n/a
After leaving a party, a college freshman named Matthew loses his virginity to an unknown woman during a blackout in an elevator. Upon waking up and finding she isn’t there, he begins searching for her.
At first, 100 Girls appears to be nothing more than an out-of-date sex comedy poking fun at the differences between men and women. Its attempts to defy those stereotypes make it a decent film, but its failure to really do anything with its deconstruction prevents it from being much better.
The plot is simple enough, following Matthew in his quest to find the woman he slept with. He gets to know all of the girls in the freshman women’s dormitory, butts heads with one girl’s egotistical boyfriend who believes he’s a gift to women and quips back and forth with his girl-obsessed roommate. At one point, he realizes he’d do better in his search if he dressed up as a woman and though it doesn’t help him find the mystery girl, it is the impetus in which the deconstruction comes about. As his alter ego, Matthew comes to understand the tribulations of women such as being hit on by both his roommate and the egotistical boyfriend. It also helps him speak up in a gender studies class, positing it would be better for men and women to understand each other if both parties would listen and try to come together as people instead of struggling with one another.
Nevertheless, where Matthew realizes all of this, the only thing it does is help him make an impassioned speech to all the women in the dormitory at the end of the film. He may find the courage to confront the boyfriend for sexual assault, which occurred as Matthew was dressed as a woman, prompting the women within earshot to mention he did so to them as well, but the film doesn’t follow up. There is also a scene detailing Matthew’s roommate hitting on him while dressed up. However, all that comes of this is a laugh. Matthew trips his roommate up, who gets confused and later brags about successfully picking her up.
A majority of the characters are one-dimensional cardboard cutouts too. Nearly all of the freshmen women have a single defining characteristic, including the tomboy good at foosball, the one who never leaves her room, the one with low self-esteem and the one who uses her good looks to get men to help her. One ends up having been in high school with Matthew and helps him find the girl. Out of nowhere at the end of the film, she declares herself a lesbian which is used as a way of setting her up with the tomboy. It does nothing to progress their characterizations or the plot in any way, and feels as if it’s in the film simply to get them to kiss.
In spite of its problems, the film does have some good comedic moments. The description of the egotistical boyfriend with visuals to go with every description is humorous. Further, Matthew’s initial attempts at getting into the girl’s dormitory are quite funny. He starts by tossing a backpack full of mice in one window and disguising himself as a janitor and it goes so far as to him breaking the air conditioning unit.
DVD Exclusive Awards
- Best Live-Action Video Premiere Movie
- Best Editing
DVD Exclusive Awards
- Best Actress (Emmanuelle Chriqui
- Best Original Score