If anything, Brokedown Palace proves that the Unwitting Yanks Trapped in Foreign Prisons genre is even more tired than Danes’ ”So-Called” rebellious shtick. To wit, it’s strangely enjoyable to see her and Beckinsale busted on a bogus heroin-smuggling rap and thrown in the slammer with bad ‘dos and no makeup (like a ”Road Rules” mission gone awry) – the girls are so annoyingly innocent that they kinda deserve to be incarcerated. So does the usually dependable Bill Pullman, who, as a Bangkok-based ambulance chaser, fails to help acquit the brokedown plot.
Reel Goodies Rocker John Doe makes a heartfelt cameo appearance as Danes’ poor trucker dad. The Last Detail Producer Adam Fields based this fictional tale on the plight of American women serving long drug-running sentences in Thai prisons.