Show Me Movie Review

Nice setup, sounds familiar: A woman is driving through traffic in a dense urban area (Toronto?) and two homeless "squeegee kids" hop into her car. First the beg for a ride down the street. Then a little further. Then one pulls a knife and demands to be taken to a lakeside cabin in the woods.

Sam (Allegra Fulton) is our yuppie heroine, and the gothy Carl (Gabriel Hogan) and moody Jenna (Ginger Snaps' Katharine Isabelle) are her tormentors. The kidnapping is a bit out of the blue, and neither of the teens has much of a plan on how to deal with Sam once she's tied to a chair in the living room. But eventually, the mind games begin and the trio starts to mess with one another as Sam tries to feebly escape and Carl and Jenna try to figure out how to react.

Things take a turn for, uh, the different when Jenna discovers a videotape in Sam's car indicating that she is actually a lesbian. Meanwhile, Carl has been putting the moves on Sam, which she invariably and repeatedly pretends(?) to willingly receive before bonking him on the head with something and running away. After Jenna gets a taste of womanly love, she figures she'll go for Sam too -- that is, when she isn't busy carving marks into trees or her own appendages.

The lesbian angle gives Show Me (awful title) an interesting spin, but for the most part this is a rehash of similar films like Knife in the Water and its indie remake, Kaaterskill Falls. though the stakes feel lower and the tension rarely ratchets up. Both Fulton and Isabelle severely outmatch Hogan in the acting department. His Carl is a one-note punk in black eye shadow, probably too horny for his own good. At least Jenna's doe-eyed innocence contrasts well with her semi-suicidal nature, and Sam's sexual secret is only one facet of an interesting character.

Still, too much of Show Me revolves around some extremely unlikely sexual shenanigans, and though these characters are fun to watch over the course of their escapade, it's hard to believe that any of this would ever really go down this way in the real world.

Cast & Crew

Director : Cassandra Nicolaou

Producer : Howard Fraiberg

Comments

Show Me Rating

" OK "

Rating: R, 2004

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