Down & Out With the Dolls

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Cat fights, backstabbing, and lesbian passion are all hallmarks of Down and Out With the Dolls, Kurt Voss' ribald tale of an all-girl band's rise to the top and subsequent tumble to the bottom. The band in question is The Paper Dolls, a Portland quartet formed from a desire to make music collaboratively that quickly falls prey to ambition-fueled rivalry and tension. Comprising the band are Lavender (Melody Moore), a bass guitarist and relative innocent (and the film's narrator); Kali (Nicole Barrett); Fauna (Zoë Poledouris), the beautiful but Machiavellian lead singer; and Reggi (Kinnie Starr) a bisexual drummer whose interest in men is gradually subsumed by the attentions of her comely female fans. The band's music is forced into the back seat by jealousy, drugs, debauchery, and greed, with everyone in separate corners, sharpening their claws. Down and Out With the Dolls screened at the 2002 Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.


Critic Reviews for Down & Out With the Dolls

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  • What the film lacks in production values, it makes up in authenticity and comic moxie, using real musicians in many key roles -- and they can actually play.

    Oct 17, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The movie's post-grunge Portland, Ore., quartet is almost laughably cliched -- which seems in direct opposition to the anti-authoritarian attitude of the movie.

    May 28, 2003 | Rating: 2/4

    John Anderson

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  • The music is sensational, the energy level high, and Down and Out With the Dolls is a wise and funny treat.

    Mar 27, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Like a good punk tune, the filmmaker's focused energy distracts from compositional flaws.

    Mar 27, 2003 | Full Review…
  • A meritless and exasperating film experience, lacking any insight, drama or humor regarding its subject, the underground music scene.

    Mar 24, 2003
  • A lot of the acting is amateurish, and most of the plot feels like a rehash of a rehash.

    Mar 21, 2003 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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