By Hook or by Crook

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Two women find love while trying to learn the fine art of bank robbery in this independent comedy-drama. Shy (Silas Howard) is a young butch lesbian from a small town in Kansas who has never figured out what she wants to do with her life. After the death of her father, Shy decides it's time she did something with herself; unable to think of a better career option than becoming a bank robber, she decides to hit the road for California, where the banks have more money than those at home. Along the way, Shy meets drag king Valentine (Harry Dodge) while rescuing her from a beating by a pack of rednecks, and for Shy and Valentine it's love at first sight. Shy and Valentine decide to join forces and head West like a same-sex Bonnie and Clyde, while Valentine also hopes to track down her birth mother along the way. But if Shy and Valentine are to become career criminals, it would be helpful if they had guns or knew anything about bank robbery, and the voyage teaches them a few practical lessons about living on the wrong side of the law. By Hook or by Crook was written and directed by its leading actresses, Silas Howard and Harry Dodge. Howard is best known as a member of the radical feminist punk band Tribe 8, while Dodge is a performance artist who appeared as one of the "Sprocket Holes" in John Waters' Cecil B. Demented.

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Harry Dodge
as Valentine
Carina Gia
as Isabelle
Cash Askew
as Little Shy
Joan Jett
as News Interviewee
Tina Marie
as Ms. Re
Kris Kovic
as Crazy Nut in Park
Machiko Saito
as Gun Store Clerk
Nancy Stone
as Lucky Penny Waitress
Jimmy Broustis
as Hardware Store Clerk
Sunny Haire
as Bartender
Samuel Sheng
as Tired Cop
Josh Zinn
as Morose Cop
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Critic Reviews for By Hook or by Crook

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (5)

  • [By Hook or by Crook] has a topical resonance rare even in recent releases.

    Jan 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A ragged but endearing buddy movie.

    Jun 27, 2003 | Rating: 3/4
  • It quickly becomes tiresome and cliché-ridden -- not to mention depressing and pointless.

    Oct 25, 2002 | Rating: 1/4
  • The title ... must be alluding to the possibility that large parts of the movie are begged, borrowed, and stolen from early Gus Van Sant.

    Oct 25, 2002 | Rating: 2/4
  • By Hook or by Crook is, like its principal characters, a bit messy and maladroit but not without a certain charm.

    Oct 24, 2002 | Rating: 3/5
  • Refreshingly, this tale of stone butch blues is rarely treatise-like; sexuality never devolves into agitprop.

    Oct 22, 2002

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