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Film / Breaking the Girls

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A crime thriller film from 2012 in the US. Its plot begins as a twist on the standard "Strangers on a Train"-Plot Murder but then goes another direction. Sara Ryan, a struggling college student, is attracted to Eric Nolan, who's taken. His girlfriend, realizing this, uses her influence to get Sara's scholarship revoked and end her study at the college. Sara meets a young woman in a bar, Alex, whom she has mutual attraction with. Alex has an issue with her stepmother, who she loathes, and when the two have then gotten involved proposes they each murder the other's "problem". Sara dismisses it as a joke at first, but then realizes Alex not only is serious but expects her to follow through with their supposed "deal" too...



  • The Beard: Nina pretended she's straight and married David since it would get her his money after he died. She complains of how disgusting it was to her having sex with him.
  • Better Manhandle the Murder Weapon: Sara comes upon David's corpse, and then foolishly handles the knife used to murder him-just as the police arrive.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Sara has relationships with both a man and a woman in the film. She also manipulates people into committing murder on her behalf.
  • Engineered Public Confession: Sara and Nina manipulate Alex into confessing her crimes while the police are listening.
  • Frame-Up: Sara reluctantly agrees to murder Nina as Alex insisted, but when she arrives at the house David has been murdered already, with it looking like she did this. The police were tipped off and arrive while she's there, arresting her immediately.
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  • Honey Trap: Alex seduced Sara, and it turns out this was precisely to manipulate her into committing murder. However, this was actually Sara and Nina's plan-they were manipulating Alex the whole time.
  • Karma Houdini: Sara and Nina get away with two murders by pinning everything on Alex.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Alex is a feminine lesbian, and so is Nina.
  • Missing Mom: Alex's mother drowned in their pool years ago-Alex says this was a suicide. Later though it's indicated that Alex's father killed her.
  • Modesty Bedsheet: Every female character keeps a sheet up to their breasts after sex.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Madeline Zima, Agnes Bruckner and Kate Levering all appear in swimsuits, underwear or near-nudity while kissing, just about to have sex or post-coitus while portraying their characters.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Alex says Sara can simply murder her love interest's girlfriend (who also has ruined Sara's life). Sara believes it's just a drunken joke at first, but Alex means it.
  • Queer Romance: Sara's relationship with Alex puts the plot in motion. Alex's with Nina moves it further.
  • Parental Abandonment: Sara's father abandoned her as a child. Then her mother died, so she lived with her aunt.
  • Patricide: Alex murdered her father David to gain her inheritance.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Alex and Nina. They are both manipulative and plot murder to get money. One means they use is seducing people while also being involved with each other.
  • The Reveal: Sara and Nina are actually half-sisters.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: Whenever a couple starts getting busy, the scene fades out to show something else, or them in bed together afterward (except for Nina and David, though it's not explicit).
  • "Strangers on a Train"-Plot Murder: Alex proposes this to Sara. At first the latter thinks she was joking, but Alex turns out to mean it and insists Sara fulfill her part (despite not having agreed). Then it's subverted as Sara gets arrested before committing murder and it turns out Alex set her up.
  • Toplessness from the Back: Alex shows this while lying in bed, with only a sheet covering her backside. Nina also has it while having sex with David on a lawn chair (as Sara and Alex watch). She also has some garment covering her bum.
  • Twist Ending: Sara and Nina were the instigators of the whole plot.