D.E.B.S. (Discipline, Energy, Beauty, and Strength) is a secret paramilitary academy which produces the very best secret agents that the world has to offer, young women who embody all of these qualities.
No one who attends D.E.B.S. actually applied to the school. Rather, they were chosen based on how well they did on a secret test embedded within the SAT. The best team of D.E.B.S on campus consists of ambitious and assertive Max (Meagan Good), former kleptomaniac and current people-pleaser Janet (Jill Ritchie, the only actress who reprised her role from the D.E.B.S. short), chain-smoking and free-loving Dominique (Devon Aoki), and brilliant but bored Amy (Sara Foster), the school’s star pupil.
Amy is dating Bobby (Geoff Stults) a Homeland Security agent. She’s totally over their lackluster relationship while he fancies himself completely in love. The two butt heads when the D.E.B.S. are sent to survey criminal mastermind Lucy Diamond (Jordana Brewster) who is rumoured to be in town and is said to be meeting Ninotchka (Jessica Cauffiel), an ex-KGB assassin. Bobby and his team of agents have orders to take Lucy down and bring her in for questioning.
Unbeknownst to either party, Lucy and Ninotchka aren’t conspiring to commit any crime, but are on a blind date, a date which was going terribly to begin with but only gets worse when Amy decides to break up with Bobby and their arguing alerts the pair that they’re being spied on.
After a brief tussle, a few words, and electric chemistry exchanged with Lucy, Amy can’t stop thinking about her, and the feeling is mutual. The spark is instantaneous and undeniable. Lucy runs home to tell Scud (Jimmi Simpson), her BFF and right hand man, all about it and the only thing that bothers him more than Lucy ruining yet another blind date is the idea that she’s entertaining sleeping with the enemy. However, even he can’t deny how enthused and happy she is and begrudgingly goes along with her harebrained ideas to get Amy’s attention.
As Amy gets closer to Lucy, and her farther from her friends, she finds an unlikely confidante in chatty Janet, who is soon hiding a secret romance of her own. As the two comb through their feelings, in this charming comedy, we can’t help but be pulled into their bumbling web of lies. One of the most hilarious spy flicks in the genre, D.E.B.S., which is a bit like Clueless spliced with Charlie’s Angels, also simultaneously gives audiences an action flick, a coming-of-age story, a coming out story, and an opposites attract romance.
I give this one 3.5 stars.