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While She Was Out (2008)

A woman out late for Christmas Eve shopping is soon terrorized by a small gang of troublemakers, and she must fight for her life.

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Susan Montford

Writers:

Edward Bryant (short story), Susan Montford

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Basinger ... Della
Lukas Haas ... Chuckie
Craig Sheffer ... Kenneth
Jamie Starr Jamie Starr ... Huey
Leonard Wu ... Vingh
Luis Chávez ... Tomas (as Luis Chavez)
Luke Gair Luke Gair ... Terry
Erika-Shaye Gair ... Tammi
Wayne Bernard Wayne Bernard ... Angry Driver
Ari Solomon ... Rent A Cop
Sadie Lawrence Sadie Lawrence ... Perfume Sales Lady
Alana Husband ... Lingerie Sales Assistant
Katie Messina ... Coffee Sales Person
Rachel Hayward ... Lynn
Lossen Chambers ... Pharmacy Sales Assistant
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Storyline

Della Myers is an overwhelmed upper-middle-class housewife who lives in a large house in the suburbs with her twin children and her abusive husband, Kenneth. Kenneth lets Della know that he thinks she gives all her attention to the twins and neglects her house and her appearance. Late on Christmas Eve, Della drives to the local mall to buy gift-wrap. While searching for a parking space in the jam-packed lot, Della notices an old car taking up two spaces. Frustrated and annoyed, she decides to leave a paper message on the windshield of the old car, writing, "Hey, Jerk. Two parking spaces. How selfish can you be?" After the mall closes, Della's car is held by the driver of the old car and she is threatened by four punks -- Chuckie, Huey, Vingh, and Tomás. When the security guard of the mall attempts to protect Della, he is shot and killed by Chuckie. Della tries to escape from the criminals in her truck, but the gang chases her. In the chase, she crashes in a nearby forest. What unfolds... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Edited and revised for clarity by JKS, United States

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Taglines:

The hunt is on. Run for your life! See more »


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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 March 2009 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Mientras estás fuera See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$498,088
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Version of this story was filmed as a segment of the anthology series The Hidden Room starring Stephanie Zimbalist as Della. See more »

Connections

Remake of The Hidden Room: While She Was Out (1993) See more »

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The Twelve Days of Christmas
Traditional, arranged by Frederic Austin
Arranged by Alain Leroux
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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The Magic Toolbox
3 November 2008 | by pmdawnSee all my reviews

This is what you need to know about this movie, besides the fact that I recommend it as solid thriller: Kim Basinger, suburban mother of 2, lives with abusive husband. On Xmas she decides to go buy some stuff at the mall and while she's out, a series of bad things happen - getting her into serious trouble.

I wouldn't read more before watching the movie. Not because there are any great twists, but because it's worth watching without any, even minor, spoilers. It's also filled with irony - sometimes it reminded me of Predator and Home Alone - being a horror movie only in the sense of the cat-and-mouse game hunt.

In a role that's surprisingly physical, Kim Basinger does a good job as the protagonist. I can't help but remember what Kim went through with her marriage problems and all, and somehow connect this movie as a catharsis of sorts for her.

"While She Was Out" might not be very well-known, but it should, in my opinion. It's a refreshing take on a genre that's been tirelessly explored, and most important of all, fun.

6/10


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