Any film that starts off with a scene of an attractive woman in a state of undress is clearly trying to grab the audiences attention from the get go. The biggest test for a film is how long it can “grab” an audience and make them care. Sadly, for Cam Girl, there was nothing to keep me interested after the production logo and opening credits. There was a lot here that didn’t work. While I respect the effort as a film maker myself, because I understand how hard it is to make a film, Cam Girl just wasn’t up to par with other independent films I’ve seen lately. Director Phillip Gardiner may agree with me, as Cam Girl is the only film that doesn’t appear on his IMDB credits.
Cam Girl centers around a young woman who struggles to pay her rent each month. To help alleviate some of her worries, she takes up the role as a girl who strips and teases men via webcam for a certain fee. Throughout the film, she makes other bad choices, ones that usually have a consequence that warps her mind and makes her feel more uneasy about her life. Eventually, one of her subscribers starts to get a little to personal and she suspects her land lord is breaking into her apartment. Could they be the same person?
I feel that the film was trying to be artistic and poetic, yet trashy and scary at the same time. Certain themes definitely showed an artistic view of sexuality, and other scenes were just…weird. I think the director should have stuck to one of these choices instead of alternating between the two. At the end of the day, I don’t think I would consider Cam Girl a horror film. It’s more of a Lifetime Movie meets late night HBO with some random suspense elements thrown in. I actually think this film would have been better had it lost all the suspense elements all together and just focused on the inner struggle of the main character.
Speaking of the main character, Layla Randle-Conde, I enjoyed her British accent and that her character was a Catholic girl gone bad. However, for this role she was definitely resting on just being pretty. While she was wonderful to look at throughout the whole movie, she was never convincing and never ‘sold’ the role. I’m not sure if she was ready to be a main character in a film yet. Whether she wasn’t speaking loud enough or the volume was low, in some scenes you couldn’t hear what she was saying. Although, it appears she models frequently, and should stick with that.
Again, I feel bad knocking someone else’s film. You should see some of the things I’ve done in the past. On the other hand, I’m not submitting my short films for other people to criticize. So, I hope no one’s feelings were hurt with my review of this website. I thought that the plot was really creative and had high hopes for it based off that note. But, the execution of the script was not done in a way to show off the potential of Cam Girl. Cam Girl is a flop, but Phillip Gardiner has continued on with other films that have done much, much better. I think it is safe to say that Cam Girl was a good learning experience, but no one is surprised it didn’t make it to DVD.