Get Me Some Secrets whispers the tagline for Beautiful, a film that oozes sexuality from its cover and it’s promotional blurb. And whilst there is indeed a beautiful, sexually aware teenage girl living in Sunshine Hills, her nature is anything but beautiful.
In a film that starts out looking like a twisted take on Rear Window, sixteen year old Suzy uses her sex appeal to lure the shy, introverted, 14 year old boy next door, Daniel to help her get over the boredom of a suburban summer.
But this is not your average boredom busting adventure, and with the cool, collected and meticulous planning not dissimilar to Hard candy’s Hayley Stark, Suzy sets Daniel on the slippery road to disaster by getting him to play peeping tom on the neighbours, snapping their secrets with his camera.
But there is one house in particular that Suzy is interested in, and she’ll keep pushing Daniel till wither he, or the occupants stumble past the point of no return.
Beautiful is on the one hand an engaging thriller with an interesting twist and social commentary on open and honest relationships with your children. Unfortunately it also lacks the firm direction and plausibility that is required for a thriller of the calibre O’Flaherty is aiming for with his debut.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Release date: November 12th, 2009
Stars: Peta Wilson, Aaron Jeffery, Asher Keddie, Erik Thomson, Sebastian Gregory, Tahyna Tozzi, Socratis Otto, Deborra-Lee Furness
Length (Minutes): 103
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Director: O’Flaherty, Dean