Aubrey Fleming is your average Teen Genius. She plays piano. She gets good grades. She has a boyfriend. Things are going insanely well for her, until one day when she just...vanishes.
She's found a week or so later, missing a hand and a foot. However, the person who winds up in the hospital bed insists that she's not Aubrey Fleming, but rather is an identical stripper named Dakota Moss. Aubrey's family decides to take her in, even after an unexplained cut appears on her arm. However, Dakota's still not convinced that she's really Aubrey, and starts to figure that the unexplained cuts and amputations might have also happened to the real Aubrey Fleming ...
I Know Who Troped Me:
- Adult Fear: Intensely so, for Aubrey's parents.
- All There in the Manual: Deleted materials were to show that the entire plot was merely a fiction piece written by Aubrey as a project.
- Always Identical Twins: Aubrey and Dakota. This is the cause of their synchronization, according to the film.
- An Arm and a Leg: Aubrey/Dakota lose a hand and foot.
- Artificial Limbs: Dakota gets some of these after being brought to the hospital.
- Artificial Limbs Are Stronger: Played with. Dakota's artificial limb is supposed to be a lot stronger (and she uses it as a weapon at one point), providing she remembers to charge it.
- As Himself: Art Bell, in one of the most WTF cameos ever.
- Buried Alive: Aubrey is, near the end of the film.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Taken to extremes. Aubrey is represented by the color blue, and almost every scene she's in focuses on all the things in the frame that are blue, just to make sure you get the point. Dakota is likewise represented by red.
- Color Wash: And how. As noted above, practically every scene with Aubrey has some form of blue lighting and a similar case occurs with Dakota and red lighting.
- Evidence Dungeon: You practically couldn't keep more incriminating evidence in one place if you wanted to get caught.
- Family-Friendly Stripper: Back then Lindsay was apparently still too big a star to get naked.
- Groin Attack: The villain gets a very brutal, though totally deserved, one via a broken bottle before he's killed.
- Informed Ability: Aubrey is supposed to be a great writer and piano player. Supposed to be.
- Mind Screw: And not in a good way. At one point, Art Bell of all people actually shows up in the middle of the movie to essentially explain what is happening.
- Ms. Fanservice: Why else have Lindsay Lohan as a stripper?
- Nested Story Reveal: The original ending revealed that it was all Aubrey's story.
- Police Are Useless: The police, thinking that Aubrey has been deeply traumatized by being kidnapped and having her limbs sawn off by a maniac. They respond to this by victim shaming her, being extremely aggressive towards her, and treating her as if she is deliberately keeping information from them.
- Rich Sibling, Poor Sibling: Audrey Fleming was raised by wealthy parents who bought her from her heroin-addicted mother, is a Teen Genius, and a prodigy piano player. Her sister Dakota was left alone after her mother's death and strips in a local club.
- Separated at Birth: Audrey and Dakota, identical twins who got separated. Neither knew the other existed, while Dakota finds it out only after she starts experiencing what Aubrey does.
- Switched at Birth: Daniel bought Aubrey from Dakota's drug-addicted mother after the death of his and Susan's baby.
- Synchronization: Aubrey and Dakota share injuries, to the point where Dakota starts suffocating when Aubrey's face is covered.
- Title Drop: Like everything else in the movie, it makes no sense at all, given that only one person dies, and she does not narrate the story or anything.