A Tijuana getaway turns into terror for three photogenic actresses in this unpleasant, direct-to-video mishmash.
Three girlfriends drive to Tijuana for a bachelorette weekend. Nora (Tia Carrere) is oldest and leader of the group. Maureen (Tricia Leigh Fisher) is the wildest, and naive Caroline (Lisa Dean Ryan) is the one getting married. Invited to a party by two guys they meet at a bar, Caroline samples
some bad cocaine and gets sick, but the sleazebag hosts won't let the ladies leave. They manage to escape only to be stopped and arrested by Mexican police. Two officers try to rape Maureen in the jailhouse, but Nora grabs one assailant's gun and kills them both. The women go on the lam with
another prisoner, Juan Delgado (Carlos Gomez), who says a man named "Coyote" can get them across the border for $300, but all their money is back at the house where the fateful party took place. After a shootout with its occupants, Juan and Nora get the cash, but, upon returning to Juan's casa,
discover some of his family and friends massacred by the treacherous "Coyote." With Maureen and Caroline they try to hop the border anyway--and run into a border patrol. Juan is killed, but the heroines and Juan's son successfully make it into the USA.
HOSTILE INTENTIONS doesn't know if it intends to be a feminist action movie, expose of illegal aliens and Mexican police corruption, or pandering rape-and-revenge exploitation. It ends up a pretentious mess that won't satisfy any demographic. The message seems to be that men are pigs, especially
Mexican men with badges. The depiction of Mexican society looks like something out of a wartime propaganda film, while the feminist angle might be a little more convincing if the female characters were given any depth or substance beyond an unlikely transformation from Valley Girl bimbettes to
pistol-packing dynamos with a social conscience. Even after rape and murder, the script still finds time for an insipid jealousy scene where Caroline accuses Maureen of sleeping with her fiance. That it was written and directed by a woman only makes the caricatures and stereotypes more egregious.
(Graphic violence, nudity, sexual situations, substance abuse, profanity.)
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- Released: 1996
- Rating: R
- Review: A Tijuana getaway turns into terror for three photogenic actresses in this unpleasant, direct-to-video mishmash. Three girlfriends drive to Tijuana for a bachelorette weekend. Nora (Tia Carrere) is oldest and leader of the group. Maureen (Tricia Leigh Fis… (more)