Ladies and Gentlemen: The Fabulous Stains

1981

Ladies and Gentlemen: The Fabulous Stains

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A troubled teenage girl and her two pals decide to vent their repressed and roiling emotions via a punk rock band, the Fabulous Stains. Though utterly devoid of talent, the Stains manage to get a gig touring with another punk band, the Looters (comprised of former-Sex Pistols Paul Cook and Steve Jones, Clash bassist Paul Simonon, and Tubes vocalist Fee Waybill). Thanks to clever promotions of their agent, the Stains become popular, even though they never waxed a single. The agent then exploits their popularity at every turn and transforms the talentless Stains into national sensations and causing them untold stress and inner turmoil.

Cast

Diane Lane
as Corinne Burns
Marin Kanter
as Tracy Burns
Laura Dern
as Jessica McNeil
Ray Winstone
as Billy - Vocals for The Looters
Peter Donat
as Harley Dennis
David Clennon
as Dave Robell
John Lehne
as Stu McGrath
Cynthia Sikes
as Alicia Meeker
Paul Cook
as Danny
Christine Lahti
as Aunt Linda
Vince Welnick
as Jerry Jervey
Barry Ford
as Lawnboy
Brent Spiner
as Corinne's Boss
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Critic Reviews for Ladies and Gentlemen: The Fabulous Stains

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  • There's no compromise in the film's bleak, often scabrously funny portrait of life on the road.

    Apr 11, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Unfortunately, while the movie does a good job of capturing the tedium and frustration of life on the road for a struggling band, the majority of the rest of the film is neither believable nor funny.

    Apr 11, 2019 | Full Review…
  • This "exposé" is too familiar and too sloppily filmed to shock anyone.

    Apr 11, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's a completely "new-fashioned" brand of humor, light years from the I-Love-Lucy zaniness of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes or the cool, sophisticated repartee of Stage Door.

    Aug 21, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Teasing their knee-jerk nihilism while taking just as many potshots at the band's detractors, the movie never really figures out if it's come to praise our proto-riot grrrls or to bury them.

    May 30, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The film is interesting in its portrayal of rock 'n' roll on the road, though it's unsuccessful as a whole.

    Apr 11, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ladies and Gentlemen: The Fabulous Stains

  • Jun 10, 2012
    A punk rocker who has very little talent becomes a cult icon. Netflix identified this film as a satire, and throughout most of the film, I tried to figure out what it was satirizing. I guess I can see it as a satire of our culture's gullible embrasure of fads, particularly fads that embrace the darker side of life: I can see bits of Kurt Cobain and the goth/punk movements in Corinne Burns and her followers. But if that was the film's subject, then I think there should have been greater attention paid to the fans and their foolish motivations for remaking themselves in Corinne's image. As it is, the film stays on Corinne and her relationship with Billy and the trials of stardom. But she strikes me as a thoroughly uninteresting character, most of the time acting like a petulant child and a hypocrite, claiming she doesn't "put out" but hopping into bed with Billy despite the lack of chemistry or feeling between them. If she's so willing to sleep her way to stardom, then how can she try to pass herself off as a feminist figure. Diane Lane's performance is solid; the mistake is in the character's construction by the writer and director. Overall, this is an uninspired film, and the focus of whatever satire is there wanders and is imprecise.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 04, 2009
    terrible and yet somehow good. the star-making machinery in action from a man who knew what goes on. bad acting, worse music, very limited production values but diane lane makes an adorable skunk
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 28, 2009
    This is twice the movie that pussy Almost Famous shit wishes it could be, and with an infinitesimally lower budget, mind you. Ladies and Gentlemen is pissed off and mostly shitty, just like its heroine and her excitingly awful band - which by the way is the point! Of course Diane Lane can't sing! She's supposed to be horrible, a single good stylistic choice perverted by the media and oversimplified groupthink to the point where she actually SEEMS good to the public. Despite her rage and her insistence otherwise, Corinne is a gimmick. Though she's young and naive and bound to eventually fail, she doesn't take shit from anyone, which makes her plummet all the harder to watch. The catalyst for The Stains' destruction may be a little difficult to believe, but if you view it as a pseudo-allegorical choice, meant to get out its message about fickle fans and empty hype, then it starts making more sense. Surprisingly eloquent for its pedigree, subject matter and length, Ladies and Gentlemen is necessary cult viewing. If you can get past the fact that the movie isn't very well made technically, riddled with performances far less convincing than Lane's, it is a surprisingly honest indictment of all of the fringe that surrounds something as pure and emotionally charged as music. We've taken something meant as expression, the movie might say, and turned it into a capitalist media-subservient bitch.
    Drew S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 31, 2009
    Better than what I expected previously. A good film showing the power of indepentant woman in a rock and roll world.
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer

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