D.E.B.S., about a group of schoolgirl secret agents, originally debuted in 2003 as a short and did quite well, scoring wins at a slew of festivals (mostly fests of LBGT films). In 2004, director Angela Robinson (who most recently brought us Herbie Fully Loaded) remade the short as a feature using some of the original cast members, and the result is the glorious bit of cinematic silliness known as D.E.B.S.

If you've ever seen D.E.B.S., you know exactly what I'm talking about, but if you've never seen it, well, imagine this: Charlie's Angels in high school, with short-skirt schoolgirl uniforms, high kicks, and lesbian love scenes. What makes D.E.B.S. a not-so-horrible film is that it doesn't take itself seriously in the slightest, and so when you laugh, you're really laughing with it and not at it. Mostly. I mean, there's only so much you expect to get out of a film with the tagline: "They're crime-fighting hotties with killer bodies."

The basic plot involves this group of schoolgirls (the lithe and sexy kind, natch, because it wouldn't be fun with pimply schoolgirls wearing neck and back braces ala Joan Cusack in Sixteen Candles) who are chosen for training in an elite national-defense group. Ahem. Now, honestly, the plot is just ridiculous, but that didn't stop me from loving Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I also admit to occasionally paying attention to the Cartoon Network's squeaky-clean, lesbian-free schoolgirl-spy show, Totally Spies. D.E.B.S. starts picking up when perky blonde team leader Amy (Sara Foster) discovers she's having nefarious feelings for sexy brunette bad girl Lucy Diamond (Jordana Brewster, in a great performance).

However silly it may be, D.E.B.S. is just plain fun. You just know, don't you, that bad-girl Lucy is going to tempt super-spy Amy away from the path of goodness, and that Amy will find the badness good (there's probably an adult-film knock-off of D.E.B.S. out there somewhere -- not since Princess Leia pranced around in that gold bikini has a film so blatantly pandered to the "hormone effect"). D.E.B.S. is as much fun, in its own way, as a John Hughes teen flick or a Grease/Grease 2 double-feature -- a campy good time with a sly wink on the side. If you haven't seen it, get a group of friends together with some beer or wine, and have fun.

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