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A Gun for Jennifer

If it's gender turnabout you're after, skip the ludicrous and unwieldy G.I. Jane and check out this spare and tightly wound 1996 actioner about a band of women who execute vicious male criminals, reserving particular zeal for those who are wealthy and well-connected enough to think they're above the law. Jennifer is the alias of Allison, who leaves Ohio for New York and is drafted by these vigilantes after they rescue her from an assault. Reluctant at first, she gets mad and even along with her cohorts, who also run a strip bar, rationalizing this enterprise as they sit around a campfire in the woods after a day of target practice. The politics aren't particularly coherent, but writers Deborah Twiss (who also produced and stars) and Todd Morris (who also directed) handle the contradictions with integrity, underscoring the complexity of the themes they touch on even as they exploit them.

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