Girls Will Be Girls (2003)



Critic Consensus: Vulgar but entertaining camp.

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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 naïve-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.
R (for sexuality, language and drug content)
Comedy , Drama , Romance , Gay & Lesbian
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Jeffery Roberson
as Varla/Marla
Ron Mathews
as Stevie
Ron Matthews
as Stevie
Eric Stonestreet
as Dr. Benson
Dana Gould
as Jeff
Chad Lindsey
as Dr. Perfect
Greg Whitney
as Asteroid Actor
Dennis Hensley
as Speci-mercial Director
Jamie Malone
as Young Stevie
Lurie Poston
as Young Varla
Mike Stoyanov
as Michael
Jay Fuentes
as Nurse
Rich Ahren
as Burn Victim
Mark Cirillo
as Diner Waiter
Kris Anderrson
as Receptionist
Edward Tunney
as Guy on Street
Cliff Curry
as Student
Nathan LePage
as Priest
Chris Isaacson
as Waitress
Richard Day
as John at Restaurant
Sir Tony
as John in Alley
Ginger Snaps
as Magazine Cover Cher
Raphael Louis Marino
as Magazine Cover Madonna
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Critic Reviews for Girls Will Be Girls

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (15)

An often hilarious, always surprising 79-minute burlesque.

Full Review… | November 26, 2003
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

While Day doesn't succeed in making us empathize with anyone on screen, he makes his characters definitely watchable and his dialogue crackles.

Full Review… | November 20, 2003
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

An unprecedented exercise in derangement.

Full Review… | November 7, 2003
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 7, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

Girls Will Be Girls is gross-out camp, much like the movies of John Waters.

Full Review… | October 30, 2003
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

There are more belly laughs here than belly flops.

October 24, 2003
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Girls Will Be Girls

Girls Will Be Girls thinks watching outrageous people acting outrageously is its own reward. It isn't.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

I am rating this 5 stars because nothing, NOTHING is better than pure, unapologetic, unadulterated camp! Love it!!!

Matthew Jacobson
Matthew Jacobson

This was ok; definitely quirky; some decent one-liners and wit. I'm surprised it doesn't have more of a cult following.

Jeff B
Jeff B

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