Our Rating: ★★★☆☆
L Factor: Major lesbian characters
Short Take: 4 girls. 3 days. 2 cities. 1 chance.
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Year: 2010
Duration: 117 min
Language: UK/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Noel Clarke, Mark Davis
Writer: Noel Clarke
Starring: Emma Roberts, Noel Clarke, Ophelia Lovibond, Tamsin Egerton, Shanika Warren-Markland

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Stolen diamonds tie together the stories of four young women who are friends but go their separate ways for three days, only to have their lives collide again. Most of the time in the film is spent on their four stories, meeting at the beginning and the end.

Shannon (Ophelia Lovibond) is the misfit artist. Her world starts to really fall apart when her mother leaves her father, but Shannon’s friends don’t seem to have time to listen to her. One night she is spray painting a wall when a bunch of guys jump her. She is rescued by a woman (Kate Magowan) who kicks the shit out of the men, but what the woman really wants is the diamonds that Shannon accidentally picked up, hidden in a Pringles can.

Casssandra (Tamsin Egerton) is flying to New York to meet her long distance internet boyfriend. There she gets a big surprise – and gets everything stolen. But with the help of a woman on the street (Eve), she gets revenge on the man who betrayed her and flies back to the UK in time to meet her friends.

Kerrys (Shanika Warren-Markland) is a lesbian whose brother is in on the diamond smuggling. She and her girlfriend Jas (Susannah Fielding) stay at Cassandra’s apartment while she is out of town so that they can have some privacy. The two make love and are very hot! Afterwards, Kerrys accidentally wrecks her brother’s car into the shop where their friend Jo (Emma Roberts, The Winning Season) works.

Jo has to work overnight at a convenience store to help support her family. Some men come by to pick up the diamonds from the store manager, one of the guys in on the heist (writer/director Noel Clarke, Metrosexuality) when Shannon comes in. She knocks over the Pringles cans and takes one – by chance the one that holds the hidden diamonds.

Shannon ends up on a bridge contemplating suicide, but somehow the other girls find her, turn in the diamonds and are ready to party, leaving all of their troubles behind … or do they? The end is so cliché that it was disappointing even for this movie.

What’s odd is that there are a number of cameo roles in the film from Kevin Smith, Mandy Patinkin, Eve and more.

The plot in which diamond thieves hide the loot and an unsuspecting person picks them up and gets chased down by the bad guys is hardly original. But this version of that story is just so unlikely that it’s ridiculous. (AB)