Brief summary: This movie is yet another reason I started this blog in the first place. Judging by the DVD box artwork above, it looks god-awful, right? Another dumb, perverted comedy about a young guy who wants to have sex with every pretty girl he sees? You’re dead wrong!! There’s a lot more depth to this film than meets the eye.
Sure, it’s cheesy. And some of the characters are absolutely idiotic (James DeBello, as the roommate of the main character, immediately comes to mind). But, inside the cheese, is a lot of heart, philosophy, and the science of girls and guys.
The basic plot is as follows— Jonathan Tucker plays “Matt”, a dude in college… living in a guys-only building, right next to the girls-only building. One night, Matt is returning to his dorm from a great party in the girl’s dorm, and a girl (with her face completely obscured by a very full laundry basket she’s carrying) steps into an elevator with him. All of a sudden, there’s a major blackout and they’re both stuck. After a friendly conversation in the dark, they take their new friendship to the next level, even though they never introduced themselves to each other, by name. They fall asleep after having sex, and Matt wakes up to the girl long gone, and the power restored in the building. This chance encounter sets Matt on an obsessive course to reveal of the identity of the elevator girl he truly feels is “the one” (he words it as his “kismetic destiny.”).
There are 100 or so different girls who live in the girls-only building, and Matt narrows his search down to a handful of girls… he may be right on the money, or completely off the mark, about the girl’s identity.
Will he be reunited with his kismetic destiny? Or will he get into deep shit, spending too much time in the girl’s building, where he is obviously not allowed?
As mentioned above, the film has its share of cheese, without a doubt… but… it brings up so many interesting, fascinating, and funny points about the differences between men and women, and the different stereotypes of each gender… and nearly all of their quirks and eccentricities. Everything Matt (Jonathan Tucker) narrates with voiceover in the film is pretty damn funny, intelligent, thoughtful, and true! Because of this, the writing of the film is definitely top-notch, and makes it worth watching. If any romantic comedy could nail down the mystery and personalities of men and women, just from the voiceover/narration alone, I would say it’s 100 Girls.
It deserves at least one full viewing, even with all its cheese. And there’s a lot of eye-candy (I mean, you gotta have that, with a movie like this)…. for the women, there’s Tucker (who is without a doubt, the good-looking boy next door)… and then there’s “Crick”, the resident douchebag with the sweet girlfriend he doesn’t deserve at all (he’s a great-looking guy, make no mistake– and I say this as a straight male… I’m sure girls will appreciate the relatively unknown actor who plays him)…. and then, for us guys, there’s the forever-girl-next-door Larisa Oleynik as “Wendy”, Katherine Heigl as the busty and bitchy “Arlene”), the always perfect Emmanuelle Chriqui as “Patty”, and the gorgeous Jamie Pressly, as “Cynthia” (nice plot twist with her, later in the film).
I can’t really say much about the film other than for you, dear reader, to give it a shot. If you dig 80s-influenced romantic comedies, or high school romantic comedies with heart, soul, and intelligence under the cheese…. you’ll love this film.