Girls Will Be Girls (2003)
The confessional, behind-the-scenes showbiz melodrama goes under the knife -- so to speak -- in this drag comedy. Girls Will Be Girls casts three male performers in the roles of Evie Harris (Jack Plotnick), a has-been starlet of the '70s who has since gone to seed in her decaying Hollywood home; her best friend and domestic servant, Coco (Clinton Leupp); and Varla (Jeffrey Roberson), the daughter of a deceased peer/rival of Evie's who shows up to rent out a room in her home. The tension among the trio of women escalates as Evie prepares for a pull-out-all-the-stops television special commemorating her past career glories, which include sundry disaster movies and TV variety shows. What Evie doesn't know is that the naÔve-seeming Varla has a debt to settle for her deceased mom, and will stop at nothing to seek vengeance. All three lead actors developed their characters in stage shows and cabaret acts; writer/director Richard Day wrote for such television shows as Ellen and The Larry Sanders Show before helming this film, his debut. After its 2003 Sundance premiere, Girls Will Be Girls was acquired by IFC Films for a theatrical release. … More
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Critic Reviews for Girls Will Be Girls
While Day doesn't succeed in making us empathize with anyone on screen, he makes his characters definitely watchable and his dialogue crackles.
Humor that takes as its apparent premise the assumption that all women are catty, sexually voracious, weight-obsessed whores ... is more than anyone in this day and age, even in the context of a cartoonish farce, should be expected to take.
Girls Will Be Girls is gross-out camp, much like the movies of John Waters.
Girls Will Be Girls is every bit as dull and offensive as it is frequently hysterical.
The laughs in Girls Will Be Girls are cheap laughs, but when you assemble this many of them in one place, they're worth a lot.
...an explosion of bad taste swallowed, and occasionally spit back out, over and over again, culminating in fashionable she/he cat fights by the pool.
A relentlessly mean picture that will tickle those tired of sweet comedies whether in drag or plainclothes.
Vile characters plus a bad script doesn't add up to girls just having fun - it's more like you've been drugged and raped without the fun part.
There is a level of glee in the film's silliness that dependably entertains.
Even the acerbic wit slowly eats away at the story line until, at the end of the 82 minutes, there is little left but an acid-washed Lifetime movie.
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