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Awesome: 12.5%
Worth A Look: 6.94%
Average: 25%
Pretty Bad34.72%
Total Crap: 20.83%

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Brokedown Palace
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by DarkHorse

"A tried and true formula gone horribly wrong..."
2 stars

If you are looking for a "prison movie", look elsewhere. This is like Melrose in Prison, which could be good except in this movie it really just isn't.

First off, the name Brokedown Palace comes from an off-hand comment by a no-name actress real early in the movie. This phrase is used once. This is as deep as this movie gets.


Is this really what it is like in a women's prison in Thailand? As long as you don't touch the fruit you are free to roam around, smoke grass and bribe prison guards???

As I watched this movie I kept thinking of Chained Heat (1983), starring Linda Blair.

In Chained Heat, Linda Blair is a woman who killed someone (by mistake) and has to serve a minor prison term. While in jail she encounters lesbians galore and is involved in at least two solid catfights.

In Brokedown Palace, Claire Danes (oddly resembling Dumbo here) sits behind a chain link fence and cries earnestly. There are no catfights and the lesbianism is latent, at best. Perhaps in the sequel Claire could work on her dyke side.

Actually, Danes doesn't do too bad with what she has to work with. There are no signs of the compulsion she has of constantly brushing her hair behind her ears (a talent displayed so prominently in My So Called Life.)

The problem with this movie is that it is mind-numbingly predictable. It has no edge whatsoever. You know from the start that nobody in this movie will escape a happy ending.

When Bill Pullman decides to come to the rescue (after officially dropping the case) it is already a forgone conclusion where we're headed.

The whole thing is such assembly-line bullshit that it makes me want to retch even now. I had to watch Zero Effect again to remind myself that Bill Pullman is a GREAT fucking actor. In Brokedown Palace he might as well be a prop. Nobody could have acted himself out of this shitty role. I'd like to see Nicholson in this role, to watch him sweat.

Save your money and rent Chained Heat. Sybil Danning is hot and Linda Blair shows just a whole lot of cleavage.

Brokedown Palace is a tepid and uninspiring story of two women unjustly sent to a Thai prison. The acting is just good enough to recommend to fans of the genre. As long as you're sure you know what genre you are in.

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User Comments

2/18/10 art IT STINK"S! 1 stars
9/22/08 Shaun Wallner Boring! 2 stars
1/14/07 Dave P. The Royal Thai Police are not as stupid as this movie portrays them. 2 stars
11/18/04 jessica i like it. I vegged out to it. It reminded me of my devilish days as a teenager. 4 stars
10/30/04 Vince Not bad, not great. 4 stars
10/26/04 silver the acting was good, but everything else was bad! what is up with the ending? 1 stars
7/10/04 Confessions Of A Teenage Trauma Queen C'mon Eric, being picky eaters who don't speak Thai is enough to make you "ugly Americans"? 3 stars
3/02/04 Get cast's names right, for pete's sake It's Kate Beckinsale, NOT Beckinsdale! Movie so-so. Depressed see the Thai that binds. 3 stars
9/22/03 Paul I really liked the drama from the director. 5 stars
7/01/03 Dr. Bitterpants Attention next film festival: A double feature with this and "Caged Heat" is a bad idea. 2 stars
5/01/03 WALMART iz KRAP Dis movie wus Krap, but Kate Beckinsale (a name no one's ever heard of) iz still pretty hot 2 stars
5/17/02 Darlene Groetz The movie where Claire Danes became a zombie of the tragic wands. 3 stars
3/28/02 Pretty good! I liked it a lot! But the whole Cockroach thing...GROSS! 5 stars
2/27/02 Good God!!!!!!!! Maybe if this movie was a little less friendhisp & more lesbianism, it coulda not sucked! 2 stars
7/10/01 Piz very engaging and well performed..was a little "out there" at times. 4 stars
6/19/01 hmmm This movie is not about lesbianism you moron, it's about friendship. Grow up. 5 stars
4/25/01 Cruelhuntsman Kate and Amanda make the film special. 5 stars
2/27/01 Peter Lloyd A little bit lightweight, but a very watchable film 4 stars
1/29/01 Ashley Snelgrove This is a wicked movie, this and "save the last dance" are my favorites 5 stars
12/07/00 robyn so sad in the end!! 5 stars
10/02/00 Madoc69 a good cautionary tale of travel and trust 3 stars
3/14/00 brentley Lackluster movie. Rent it if you have no other choice. 2 stars
1/05/00 Joel Harwood What a movie 5 stars
1/02/00 Anthony Burroughs Nothing to brag about here, see it for Claire Danes 3 stars
12/09/99 Mike Nugget Yep...the lump in my throat .....Claire Danes is defintely good at what she does 5 stars
9/05/99 Weird Andy I hoped to see Claire Danes caned. Let down by Hollywood yet again. 2 stars
8/21/99 Tristynn Clare is amazing. Very scary movie..must see for any potential travellers to Asia..WOW!! 4 stars
8/19/99 David U. ( Sucks Ass 1 stars
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  13-Aug-1999 (PG-13)



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