Hands full of women

LOUIS B. HOBSON - Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 3:31 AM ET

The scenario for John Hazlett's These Girls sounds like pure male fantasy. Three eager, nubile young girls offer themselves to a thirtysomething married man.

The girls are supposedly babysitting the stud's infant son while his wife works night shifts at the local hospital and he is off playing poker with his biker buddies.

The arrangement really works to his advantage because the girls refuse to take money for the hours they actually do babysit, giving him more money for his card games.

As far as plot complications, it's Hazlett who has the real aces up his sleeve.

The dream situation soon turns into a nightmare when the girls' sexual demands prove so exhausting the guy has to concoct a wild plan to end the arrangement.

If the adulterous Keith Clark (David Boreanaz) had watched the old 1968 Christopher Jones sex comedy Three in the Attic, he wouldn't have been so accommodating with his sexual favours.

Eventually the spirit will become more willing than the flesh.

What could have been a rather nasty dark comedy is a wildly funny satire on the art of seduction.

Boreanaz is hilarious as a man whose promising good fortune turns him into an unwitting and unwilling plaything.

Clark is almost twice as old as his young pursuers, but he turns out to be the naive one.

Wide-eyed anticipation gives way to disbelief, frustration and, finally terror as the cheating husband realizes he may have met his match in these three young ladies.

These Girls has a bit of a slow start, but once the games begin, it picks up a comic momentum Hazlett sustains until the end credits begin to roll.

The real fun with These Girls is how it becomes as much Clark's sexual coming-of-age story as it is Glory, Lisa or Keira's.

(This film is rated 14-A)


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