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Lindsay Lohan made a bid for stardom in a grown-up role with this overripe thriller, in which a serial killer's attack causes her personality to shift from model student to sultry stripper. The burlesque queen (named Dakota) may or may not be the subject of a writing exercise by student Aubrey, but once the latter is abducted and mutilated by a vicious killer, the former takes over, much to the consternation of Aubrey's parents (Julia Ormond and Neal McDonough). Director Chris Sivertson (who proved his knack for suspenseful material with The Lost) works hard to gild the nonsensical script with as much visual panache as possible (and he's mostly successful), but there's no getting past the dreary violence or Lohan's performance, which flounders in its attempt to deliver raw sexuality. Lohan's off-screen difficulties helped sink the picture during its brief theatrical run; undoubtedly, her stage routines (which are featured in an extended version on the disc's extras) will be the DVD's chief point of interest, as the movie itself is too flimsy to draw much attention on its own. The supplemental features also include an alternate opening and conclusion (which add nothing to the final product) and a blooper reel. -- Paul Gaita
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