Mad Cowgirl

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A disturbed health inspector begins a surreal descent into madness when her marriage fails, her mental health begins to plummet, and her obsession with kung fu movies drives her to seek vengeance against the Ten Tigers from Kwangtung in director Gregory Hatanaka's experimental psychological thriller. Therese's (Sarah Lassez) life is falling apart; her husband has abandoned her, her affair with a sleazy televangelist has left her sexually frustrated, and her brother may have poisoned her with some particularly bad meat. Now, as Therese begins to succumb to her all-consuming nymphomania and her doctor begins to suspect that there truly is something wrong despite her outwardly healthy appearance, the delusional slaughterhouse inspector begins the rigorous training that will allow her to take on the dreaded Ten Tigers from Kwangtung in an all-out bloodbath that could claim the lives of more than a few of her recent lovers.

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  • This indulgently puerile waste of time plows ahead with pointless mayhem masquerading as 'art.'

    Oct 6, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It gives screenwriter-director Gregory Hatanaka an excuse for a lot of scene jumping -- and a chance to make the case for adopting a vegan diet.

    Oct 5, 2006 | Rating: 2/4
  • There's a lot happening here, perhaps too much.

    Jul 20, 2006 | Rating: 2/4
  • Mad Cowgirl is an underground movie with little sense of grounding, and lots of a multicultural weirdness and inchoate meat metaphors.

    Jul 19, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/5
  • It's safe to say there will not be another movie this year like Mad Cowgirl. Whether that's a good or bad thing depends on your tolerance for copious bloodletting, hardcore pornography, and C-SPAN.

    Jul 18, 2006
  • Fiercely personal and unique.

    Jul 23, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mad Cowgirl

  • Nov 14, 2016
    Pleasantly surprised by this zany underground film about the downward spiral of a meat packer suffering from mad cow disease. It took influence from Hong Kong cinema with some erotic thriller and a touch of religion. It's hard to describe the film but it is a must watch for people interesting in cult films.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 11, 2009
    Strange, confusing, disturbing. But you gotta hand it to the director, he creating a low budget but very watchable film. Oh, and what's needed in films these days: originality. It's low budget, but understandably so, as it is something you won't see out of "Hollywood", which is why we should have actual independent films. Anyway, it's done with competence and although I was confused and disturbed, I still enjoyed and appreciated it.
    Patrick D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 13, 2007
    This movie really stands out from all the rest that screened in San Francisco. Enough buzz to gain a special third screening! My husband and I were stunned when we saw it. It's was such a refreshing experience! It totally shakes your mind as the movie leads to more sweet madness and hilarious absurdity for Therese (played with such bravery by Sarah Lassez). And, despite its novelty, it's a well-acted and, surprisingly, dramatically-driven movie, too! When we thought it was all over, the last part of the movie totally pays off! Whether it's a statement of our current socio-political culture or our fascination of all things entertainment, it's just riveting. A food for thought, perhaps? One thing for sure, this movie totally rocks!
    Cassandra M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2007
    Experimental film with a good lead performance. It's weird, which is usually a good thing in my books, but it never really seems to go anywhere. Worth a look if you like this kind of thing, it's never boring.
    Christopher B Super Reviewer

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