A young, calm and innocent girl has to deal with her perverted mother bringing home young guys to have sex with them and it's driving her nuts. One day after falling asleep in sex ed class, a guy follows her home and at home her mother is ready to take another young man to her bedroom - unless she can get her daughter to sleep with him instead. Soon the daughter will have to face the fact that she is her mother's daughter and act accordingly.
"Cougars" is one of those very simple short films that aren't really made to surprise you, but still end up being a good time. In fact, it's very predictable for the most part, but that doesn't hurt it at all. I'd actually compare it to a film like "Ginger Snaps" in terms of the atmosphere that is somewhere between teenage drama, comedy and beastly horror. The fact that transformation and becoming the woman you are is part of the plot for both of them just adds to that, I suppose.
This one is about teenage girl Sasha, who lives with a mother who sleeps around with the youngest men she can find. In simple terms, she's a cougar. Her daughter is the opposite and is actually still a virgin. This makes it very hard for her to take guys home to meet her mom, of course. But one day after school, a guy follows her and she actually considers taking him home and see what happens. As expected, the mom starts to flirt. But eventually the mother gets Sasha to give it a shot. And hell breaks loose!
I'm not sure exactly how much to spoil with the film. For short films I usually don't restrain myself, and don't mind giving too much away. More often than not, short films work on different terms, and I suppose "Cougars" is part of that. As I said, it was fairly predictable, and the fact that the young girl will turn into her mother - a cougar, is done quite literally. Which is a fun scene too, actually. And it works well with the story, although it did make me want to see more of it.
It's hard to judge "Cougars" too hard, as it does everything "as it should". It's not wild and out-there, but it's also not doing anything wrong. It's a simple, classic and fun story that I could've seen a full feature of. It's somewhere between "Sleepwalkers" and "Ginger Snaps", and that's two films I enjoy. It's a fine mix of drama, comedy and horror, and I am very open to see more from the director Lonnie Martin because he seems to understand what he is making, and that's something I find important.