MOVIE REVIEW: Tamara 2005
Tamara (Jenny Dewan) is a shy, unattractive *cough* teen that is ridiculed by her fellow students. Her home life is no better, her mother took off years ago and she is stuck living with her drunken, abusive father. Tamara uses witchcraft as an escape vehicle. To make matters more complicated, Tamara has a crush on her English teacher, Mr. Natoly (Matthew Marsden). Mr. Natoly believes Tamara is a very bright girl and publishes her story of student athletes using steroids in the school paper. Because of this, jocks Patrick (Gil Hacohen)and Shawn (Bryan Clark) are forced to take drug tests by their coach. The boys set a plan in motion to make Tamara pay for writing the story. With the help of Shawn's girlfriend Kisha (Melissa Elias) and school geek Roger (Marc Devigne), they plan to record an interlude at a motel between Tamara and "Mr. Natoly"...which is actually Shawn wielding a video camera. Once Tamara is aware that she was set up, she fights her tormentors and is accidentally killed. The crew decides to bury her body and keep it on the hush. The supposedly dead Tamara shows up at school looking sexier than ever and this is when the fun really begins. No more spoilers from me y'all!
I find it hilarious that folks still feel the need to make "ugly girl" revenge films. Usually the "ugly girl" is just a pretty woman with a fucked up hairstyle, dowdy clothes, and glasses. In real life, the ugly girl stays ugly and either deals with it or gets extensive plastic surgery if she can afford it. Overall this film was not bad, it is reminiscent of countless other teen outcast films such as Carrie and May. The acting was decent, Jenny Dewan did a good job of displaying evil tendencies without overacting. The ending was pretty lame, I was expected more but it seems like the writers just ran out clever ideas. With the exception of one scene, the gore was pretty tame IMO. Suprisingly, there is no nudity in this film but there is strong language.
VERDICT: 2.5 Soul Claps
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