A movie doesn’t necessarily have to be “good” to haunt you and stay in your head after you view it. Last night my insomnia was in full swing, so I was perusing Netflix at 2:00 in the morning (this isn’t out of character for me). I randomly settled on an understated film full of actors I had never heard of called “To Get Her.” I had no idea what I was in for considering the summary of the film was completely misleading.
The summary on Netflix read like this:
“In this mystery-thriller, five teenage friends descend on a beach house for an evening of debauchery funded by a stolen credit card. The girls hope to party their troubles away, but things take a dark turn.”
So, naturally I assumed it was a group of over-privileged teen girls partying on the beach for a night, and one of them disappears, or something along those lines. Kind of cliché, but whatever I was tired and I wasn’t looking for anything riveting or life-changing, just something to pass the time until I fell asleep.
Within the first five minutes of the movie it was clear why I had never heard of it before. The film was obviously extremely low budget, pretty poor quality, and possibly foreign, I’m not sure because half the characters had accents and half did not. Throughout the entire film I don’t think they ever said where they actually were, so there’s a strong possibility it wasn’t even set in America.
The film opens up with a voice-over of a young girl. She says that she and four of her friends went to the beach for a night of fun, and she is the only one who lived through it.
Then it shows the main character, and seemingly leader ordering plane tickets for four girls and emailing them to the girls. She forces her creepy step-dad to pick up her friends at the airport and drop them all off at the beach-house, and leave them unattended and go stay at a motel. By this point it was beginning to be obvious that her step-dad was a little on the weird side and the main character, Ana, was a little on the wacky side.
She and her friends drink … A LOT and chain-smoke like it’s their jobs. They decide to have a fun-filled night of “No Consequences,” and they each embark on their own little mission for the night. Ironically, they spend the night living like it’s their last night on Earth. Throughout the night each girl reveals they are extremely troubled, Ana has been molested by her creepy step-dad, one of them is pregnant, another didn’t get into college, one is trying to come to terms with her homosexuality, and the last girl was recently in a car accident where she killed her little sister.
The next day after their night out on the town they are all satisfied from their previous night’s debacles. Ana becomes a little creepier. She slowly begins picking off her friends. Literally. First she throws one off a roof, she poisons two of them, and cracks the pregnant friends in the head with a stick and rolls her unconscious body off from a boat into the ocean.
Meanwhile her Mom is in a sleazy motel cheating on her step-dad while her daughter is on a slaughtering spree. The man she is sleeping with reveals that her fiancé is a child molester and most likely abusing her daughter, so she jumps in her car and heads to the beach.
When she arrives she finds her fiancé dead in his car (where he had apparently been hidden the entire weekend, he had never made it to the motel). Ana climbed into the car with him, rolled up the windows, and gassed herself, conveniently dying seconds before her mother arrived.
It turns out the girl doing the voice-over was the pregnant girl, not Ana, at the beginning of the movie. She is shown in a hospital gown with a bandage on her head, obviously someone came along and rescued her.
Now, this is the part of the movie that I can’t get out of my head. At the end, after all the girls are dead. It flashbacks to them all sitting at home on their laptops and talking to each other in an online chat-room, a suicide chat-room. Throughout the entire film I was under the impression that these girls were life-long friends and when they arrived at the airport they hugged and took photos like they were extremely close. These girls met each other in a suicide chat-room though. Their weekend at the beach-house was the first time they ever met each other in person. In the chat-room they all talked about wanting to end their lives but they didn’t have enough courage to do it and didn’t want to shame their families with a suicide. They all WANTED to be murdered; they wanted their lives to end but didn’t want to do it themselves. Ana basically takes one for the team and kills them all, but unfortunately has to commit suicide because there is no one left to kill her.
So, I know I basically ruined this film for you and it will contain no shock value if you sit down and watch it, but it still is an interesting film just because it adds a unique viewpoint from people who wish to end their lives. Suicide is a touchy subject, but “To Get Her,” tackled it with as much class as possible with this story-line.