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Kim Basinger, Lukas Haas, Craig Sheffer, Jamie Starr, Leonard Wu ... see more see more... , Luis Chavez , Ari Solomon , Erika-Shaye Gair , Luke Gair , Wayne Bernard

A suburban housewife heads out for a quick trip to the local mall, only to find herself trapped in the forest and forced to fend for herself against four murderous hooligans. Kim Basinger and Lukas Ha... read more read star in a thriller produced by Pan's Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro and directed by Susan Montford. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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R, 1 hr. 30 min.

Directed by: Susan Montford

Release Date: December 12, 2008

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DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009


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  • September 20, 2010
    What a piece of dog shit. This has to be the cheapest, most thrown together movie I have seen in a very long time. It's like crap sandwich week around here. If you like garbage, you're going to love this rotten movie.

    Della (Kim Basinger) is a housewife. It's Christmas Eve an... read mored after her asshole husband comes home, commits some domestic violence, she goes to the mall to buy wrapping paper. The kids are in bed so either the kids go to bed at six o'clock or she lives near the only mall that stays open all night on Christmas Eve. She gets harassed by a group of thugs led by Creepy Witness Amish kid Lucas Haas, leading to them murdering a rent-a-cop before her eyes. She gets chased to the trashiest sub division under construction I have ever seen. There is just shit lying around everywhere. OSHA would have a field day in this place. She takes a red metal tool box with her and it's a fight for her life, though most of the film ends up in the woods. Blah, blah, blah.

    I'm just going to list the problems with this movie. Just a list of shit I noticed while viewing it.

    1) This is the most ethnically diverse gang I've ever seen. You have the Hispanic guy, the Asian guy, the Black guy, and the Amish Kid. Does Affirmative Action count for street toughs?

    2) The fact that said group of thugs are more like The Three Stooges than The Warriors. There is one scene where one of them falls and rolls like a damn bowling ball into the others that follow. I shit you not. We also can't forget that wonderful scene where one of them says "Let's split up." and they all go into the same fucking house! And who can forget how the first thug bites the bullet in this thing.

    3) In the woods, why does Della keep following the flashlight? Wouldn't you go the other damn way? How many times does she have to stop and eavesdrop on what's going on? She's not Rambo or MacGyver. Run the other damn direction Vicki Vale.

    4) Dead cell phone battery=cheap screenplay ploy on eliminating technology that would have ended most thrillers made before 1995 end in 20 minutes.

    5) Finally, I'm going to talk about the damn tool box. That red metal toolbox she feels the need to cart around with her throughout the film. Now I own two tool boxes just like Della's. I'm hear to tell you that they are the loudest fucking things on the planet, especially when someone is trying to kill you. You look at them funny and they make banging noises from the tools inside. I challenge anyone to go for a run through the woods with one of these sons of bitches and try to hide from some sadistic guys wanting your head on a pole. It can't be done.And there can't be many tools in it either because she flings it around like it's her purse.

    Add in the crap acting, direction, and everything else you get a waste of 90 minutes. It's a good movie to make comments during, but other than that it's shit. Dog shit.
  • June 13, 2009
    This was kind of dumb. Kim Basinger is fine as a downtrodden housewife who gets attacked on Christmas eve and has to run for life against four thugs. It runs out of steam about halfway through and becomes a bit boring - which probably isn't great for a thriller! I had the most ... read moreproblem with the stupid ending. All through it you get the impression she is determined to survive so she can get home to her kids, which is fine, then it's implied that she does something that can guarantee she won't be seeing those kids for quite some time. I mean for goodness sake, the husbands a pig, we get it... why didn't they just have her leave him with her new found strength?!
  • May 22, 2009 Had a great premise, but then it decided to have the characters all act like unbelievable retards. Seriously, Kim Basinger's character was so ridiculously stupid, that about halfway through the movie I just wanted the bad guys to win and kill her. If ... read moreanyone deserved it, she did for being so stupid. It's like she wanted to be caught the whole time. Not only that, I like how the moron bad guys all of the sudden gain Aragorn worthy tracking skills, and how they always seemed to go the direction she did in a huge forest (even before she started doing genius stuff like screaming to God in the middle of the stream..and then peeing?) BOOOOOOO.
  • May 4, 2009
    Suspenseful in parts and dull in others. Kim Basinger was quite likeable in this role, but it was a pretty predictable storyline and one that seems to be a recurring theme recently, so needed some originality to go along with it.
  • November 9, 2008
    This file is worth a look
  • May 20, 2009
    This was one edge of your seat thriller that never lets up until it was over...Get this flick...Kim Basinger takes care of all of the problems she encounters one Christmas night with some rubber boots and red tool box...Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!! Pick this is relentless and... read more doesn't give up until the very end.
  • September 19, 2010
    I found "While She Was Out" predictable and not containing the best acting. There are a few memorable brutal death scenes and the red toolbox was a nice touch.
    The film might be worth check if you want a bit of suspense and blood.
  • January 21, 2010
    Really dumb... However it did make me laugh. It's one of those movies that's just really fun to make fun of!
  • August 21, 2009
    It's the characterisation that screws up this film. It starts well with Haas proving himself to be a total psycho and Basinger as the repressed suburban housewife. Suddenly she becomes Ms Rambo, stands in a pond asking where God is, Haas monologues for half an hour, they kiss, sh... read moree shoots him and then returns home and shoots her husband.
  • June 27, 2009
    Della (Kim Basinger) running away from some thugs,with a toolbox full of tools tours the forest,and turn out to be this Rambo chick.This film made me laugh & shake my head too.Such a bad script & then Lukaa Haas wasn't the right choice to play the part.Also surprise to see that G... read moreuillermo Del Toro was one of the producers of this film.There was some decent death scenes,specially one of the kills.After this film,not so sure how Kim Basinger will do with her career.This was a bad move for her in my opinion,hopefully this doesn't take her to do original movies for the Sci-Fi channel.

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Critic Reviews

Gary Goldstein
December 12, 2008
Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

Writer-director Susan Montford eschews all plot and character development for the hackneyed action scenes and grade-Z dialogue, while struggling to stretch the paper-thin story into a feature length f... Full Review

Ernest Hardy
December 11, 2008
Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly

The emotionally bruised air that's frequently made Kim Basinger tabloid fodder is also a defining characteristic of her acting style. Full Review

Andrew Sarris
December 10, 2008
Andrew Sarris, New York Observer

The spectacular ending will make every harried housewife in the world ecstatic. Full Review

David Nusair
June 4, 2010
David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews

...boasts a seemingly can't-miss premise that's slowly-but-surely squandered by filmmaker Susan Montford. Full Review

Christian Toto
July 8, 2009
Christian Toto, What Would Toto Watch?

Never mess with an Oscar winner reduced to straight to DVD rubbish. Full Review

Jeffrey M. Anderson
May 1, 2009
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

It's filled with fascinating ideas, bringing it just a notch above your standard-issue exploitation flick. Full Review

Staci Layne Wilson
April 5, 2009
Staci Layne Wilson,

Imagine a Lifetime revenge-themed movie of the week intercut with a few death scenes from the cutting room floor of a Final Destination flick. Full Review

Avi Offer
January 31, 2009
Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru

starts out quite compelling, but quickly it quickly loses steam because it lacks imagination and fails to maintain any credible suspense or thrills throughout. Full Review

Andrew L. Urban
January 23, 2009
Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile

Lots of edgy night chasing and some tense moments, but the resolution is a tad disappointing Full Review

Ryan Stewart
January 12, 2009
Ryan Stewart, Slant Magazine

A half-assed re-filming of First Blood. Full Review

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