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Yoga Hosers

Posted in Comedy, Horror, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2018 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

15-year-olds Colleen Colleen are on their smartphones constantly, sing in a small band and take yoga classes. They will do just about anything to receive an invitation to a senior party. But when they discover the leader of a Nazi splinter group has been raising an army of monsters beneath the store where they work, they team up with a legendary man-hunter to stop the world-threatening uprising.

What people are saying:

“Undisciplined, unfunny, and bereft of evident purpose, Yoga Hosers represents a particularly grating low point in Kevin Smith’s once-promising career.” 1 1/2 stars

“(Kevin) Smith seems to have soured to the idea of making films for anyone outside his circle of fans, podcast co-hosts, and family members. Yoga Hosers, the latest feature-length podcast digression from Smith, proves how small that circle really is.” 2 stars

“If you are not familiar with Kevin Smith’s podcasts; Smodcast and Hollywood Babble-on then, this movie will probably have you scratching your head and wondering what the hell Kevin was thinking when he made it. If you do listen to his podcasts, especially Hollywood Babble-on, then you’re in on the joke. Lots of inside jokes and Ralph Garmin manages to work in all his best impressions which might be the best work Al Pacino has done in a while. Hoo Ahh. Kevin Smith plays the Bratzis which could only exist because of recreational drug use and it’s just plain silly but still O.K. Then there is Johnny Depp. The best part of his character is keeping up with his mole count and catching some of his Jack Sparrow homage. That’s the best part of the movie is catching the inside jokes, references to podcasts, and other Kevin Smith films. Lots of Canadian jokes but nothing mean spirited and the closing version of “Oh Canada” rocks” 5 stars

“I am a huge Kevin Smith fan and I also generally enjoy stupid humor. That said, this was an hour and a half of my life I can never get back. I am not writing a review to slam Kevin Smith, I really love him and respect his work, I am writing it as a warning to others not to waste their time, literally. It didn’t have the feel of Smith’s work, it appeared to only be a vehicle to get his and Depp’s daughter into the industry. I don’t see either one of them getting any work from this, and I feel like it was an insult to Smith, even though it’s his film. If you’re like me and think, hey, it can’t be as bad as everyone says…think again, please. ” 1 star

“This movie, in the sense of being a serious movie, is not. You look at it like that and you’re going to have a bad time eh. You have to watch it like you would watch a B horror film that is meant to be a B horror film, like Jack Frost or Poultrygeist. You can’t lump this film in with Clerks or Chasing Amy, it’s not aboot that Kevin Smith. This film goes with Tusk, it’s aboot letting go of being serious and making something fun. If you like Doom Generation, Knights of Badassdom, Zombeavers and the like, you will love this film.” 5 stars

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Slums of Beverly Hills

Posted in Comedy, Drama, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 18, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Tamara Jenkins wrote and directed this comedy-drama depicting the experience of growing up poor in the 90210 zip code, told from the point of view of Vivian Abramowitz (Natasha Lyonne), a teen who lives a nomadic existence in the outskirts of Beverly Hills with her single, divorced father, Murray (Alan Arkin) and her two young brothers (David Krumholtz, Eli Marienthal). As Murray tries to keep the family in the Beverly Hills school district, the family moves into a one-bedroom apartment in a shabby complex. When sexually liberated Rita (Marisa Tomei), daughter of Murray’s brother Mickey (Carl Reiner), checks out of a drug rehab and moves into the apartment, she becomes a “role model” for the young Vivian.

What people are saying:

“Though hypocritical in the way it sensationalizes sexuality, this serious and funny 1998 movie about a 15-year-old coming to terms with her body and her family in 1976 is, refreshingly, never coy or ironic.” 4 stars

“The kind of comedy that could easily have been a dead-serious drama. Alan Arkin and Natasha Lyonne (drop-dead gorgeous face!) steal the show, with a little comic relief help from Marisa Tomei and Carl Reiner. Interestingly, the writer-director is telling about her own life as a “nomad Jew” in Beverly Hills, according to her interviews. So this has a ring of sad truth to it, but overall, it is a sweet and cuddly dysfunctional family tale.” 3 stars

“Nice little film, if a little unfocused. Treads a fine line with over the top wantonness out of the good taste’s ballpark or just plain silliness, but still at times manages to be genuinely funny. Natasha Lyonne’s sizzling hotness in this is undeniable.” 3 1/2 stars

“It would be hard to imagine suffering through a more improbable, half-baked, doughy cake of a movie than Slums of Beverly Hills. In the concept stage, the movie probably looked promising, including the fact that it includes proven players such as Arkin, Tomei, etc. But it stumbles and bores from start to finish. Even the title is nonsensical. There is no Beverly Hills venue pay-off to be found–surprising since Rodeo Drive, etc. should be ripe for comedic exploitation; the title could just as easily have been Slums of Pomona. Throughout the movie, the actors and actresses seem to be, well, acting; it’s almost like they are still rehearing their lines. Although the unlikely plot and predictable dialogue are so second-rate, great acting could never rescue this forgettable waste of 91 minutes.” 1 star

“An adorable, light hearted coming of age film with wonderful performances from Alan Arkin as a nice, but burned out blue collar father, Marisa Tomei as a loopy kinda-sorta-bad influence cousin, David Krumholtz steals his scenes as a wanna-be entertainer, swiveling his hips in his birthday suit as he croons away to Old Standards in the family’s bland, drab apartment while his sister (Lyonne) comes to terms with her ample bosom and her boring lifestyle as she mildly pines for a neighbor (Kevin Corrigan) It’s the kind of film that could easily be done too seriously or as farce, but strikes a successful balance between dramatic plot points and an overall light hearted, seriocomic tone. Natasha Lyonne steals the show as the beautiful, disaffected and wholly exasperated elder daughter of Arkin, looking for a breast reduction surgery and some direction in life. The film is light, fast, fun and suitable for the whole family- tweenage and up, of course. ” 4 stars

G.B.F.

Posted in Comedy, Independent, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2016 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Social warfare erupts when three high school clique queens battle for supremacy: drama diva Caprice, Mormon princess ‘Shley and blonde fashionista Fawcett. When unassuming Tanner is outted, he finds himself cast as the hottest new teen-girl accessory: The Gay Best Friend. The clique queens immediately pounce and makeover Tanner into their ideal arm candy, forcing him to choose between popularity and the true friends – including his own B.F.F. Brent – that he’s leaving behind.

What people are saying:

“It’s a frothy satire about adolescent social manners, a bit like “Clueless” or a tongue-in-cheek take on the 1980s-’90s “Degrassi” television series.” 4 stars

“Millennial nonsense. Hipster overload for the high school set. As an adult, and a gay adult, it took a week to get through it, cringing at every bastardized slaughter of the English language into text-speak drivel.” 2 stars

“G.B.F (Gay best friend) is witty, very good storyline,and acting was solid. This is a good intake on how to deal with ignorant people. Loved this film.” 5 stars

“Predictable and very stereotypical, but light hearted and easy to watch. Quite funny at times and even endearing. I probably wouldn’t watch it again but if you have time to waste, it’s not the worst movie to put on.” 3 stars

“No, this is not a phenomenal movie. It’s purposefully tacky, predictable, and overdone. However, in the end it proves to be quite sweet and sends out a good message.” 3 stars

Die, Mommie, Die!

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews, Spoofs & Satire with tags , , , , , , on April 6, 2014 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

The film opens with Angela Arden kneeling in front of her twin sister Barbara’s grave. Angela is a lounge singer who is attempting to resuscitate her floundering career, which became obsolete around the same time Barbara committed suicide. She’s unhappily married to her film director husband Sol Sussman, with whom they have two children–Lance, who is gay and emotionally disturbed, and Edith, a “daddy’s girl” who is openly contemptuous of her mother. Also living in the house is the snoopy maid Bootsie, who is infatuated with Sol. Bored and unhappy, Angela begins cheating on her husband with Tony Parker, a tennis-playing “lothario” and failed actor who is reputed to be well endowed.

Sol finds out after hiring a private detective to follow Angela around. He confronts her about it but he refuses to divorce her. Instead, he gives her “life in prison”. Not only does he cancel all of Angela’s credit cards, he forbids her from performing at an engagement in New York, destroying the contract before she has a chance to sign it. Feeling trapped and eager to get her hands on her husband’s money, Angela poisons an ever-constipated Sol with an arsenic-laced suppository.

Despite the fact that Angela receives virtually nothing in Sol’s will, her children, along with Bootsie, begin to suspect Angela’s involvement. And the suspicious circumstances of Sol’s death bring old questions about Angela’s sister’s death to light. Edith–and later Lance–hatch a plot to get her to confess. Meanwhile, Tony successfully seduces both the children, taking an unusual interest in the details surrounding Aunt Barbara’s death. After Bootsie is found dead, the children eventually get Angela to confess her crimes by lacing her evening coffee with LSD.

During her bender, Angela not only reveals that she poisoned Sol, but that she is not Angela but really Barbara. In flashback, Barbara reveals how as Angela’s career flourish, her own fell apart, culminating in her arrest for jewelry theft. After serving her sentence, Barbara arrived at Angela’s mansion, greeted with scorn and ridicule from the immensely egotistical Angela. Watching the physical and emotional abuse Angela doled out to Sol and the children, Barbara devised a plan to poison her sister and take over her life, her family and, most importantly, her career. The children watch with confusion as Barbara announces she killed Angela.

As they turn the tape over to Tony, Edith and Lance fight over who will be the one to run away with him, while he respectfully refuses both of them. Meanwhile, a masked assailant pops up and tries to dispatch Barbara; in the scuffle, Barbara pulls off the assailant’s mask, revealing Sol underneath. With all the primary players in the room, Sol reveals how he and Bootsie faked his death for him to escape outstanding mob debts he couldn’t pay back and how he was forced to kill Bootsie to protect his secret. Tony then reveals he is really an FBI agent who’s been heading a case investigation Angela’s murder before arresting Sol. The children – finally understanding Barbara’s motives and desperation – hug Barbara while Tony says he will destroy the evidence to protect her from an eventual prison stint and trip to the gas chamber. But Barbara tells them, as she walks to her waiting police escort outside, that by finally being herself, she will finally gain her freedom from living under her sister’s shadow

REVIEW:

I told a friend that I was watching a film called Die, Mommie, Die! and they joked that I should’ve waited until Mother’s Day to do this one. The irony of that statement is not lost on me. As a matter of fact, I kind of wish I had held it off. So, I’m sure you haven’t heard anything about this film, but maybe my words here will encourage or discourage you from hunting down a copy.

What is this about?

The year is 1967, and Angela Arden (cross-dresser Charles Busch) is a washed-up pop singer who’s married to Sol (Philip Baker Hall) but is involved with an unemployed actor named Tony (Jason Priestley). When Sol turns up dead, all fingers point to Angela. Leading the charge is Angela’s daughter Edith (Natasha Lyonne), who’s eager to get even by killing her mother. Edith’s brother (Stark Sands), however, is not so sure that mom is to blame.

What did I like?

Homage. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In that case, the likes of Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, and actresses that have played similar characters should be very flattered after they watch this. Not only does it pay respect to those film, but it also serves as a bit of a spoof on the genre, or subgenre, I should say.

Kind of a drag. Looking at the star of this film, you would never guess she was a guy in drag, until he starts talking and you get a closer look. It is that deception which is important to sell this film. Let’s face it, some people are just too closed-minded to accept watching a film that stars a guy in drag, but if they can be tricked into picking this up, not knowing what they’re getting into, then that is a feat in itself. What is remarkable about having the star be a bit of a gender bender is that none of the supporting casts seems to acknowledge that she is a he. As a matter of fact, Jason Priestly even kisses him, showing that there is no weirdness there.

Overacting. At first, I thought the overacting that these actors were doing was a bit much, but as the film went on, it dawned on me that it was part of what works for this film. The overacting was a spoof on old films of the era that this flick was spoofing. As someone who had spent quite some time watching films from the bygone era, I can appreciate the film having fun with what was a different way of acting and performing.

What didn’t I like?

The play’s this thing. At times this seems like it is a play translated to the big screen. The irony about that is that it would be another 4 years before this would become a play. I am taking into consideration the fact that the acting throughout the film is wooden and over the top, which is partly done on purpose, it is the delivery of these lines that bothers me, as it doesn’t come off as natural, but rather like they might as well have been reading the teleprompter, rather than memorizing their lines.

I remember him. Back in the 90s, Jason Priestley was a teen heartthrob. After Beverly Hills, 90210 ended, though, he seemed to have disappeared from public view, appearing in sporadic guest appearances but nothing notable, at least that comes to mind. It was good to see the guy working again, but I wonder if this was nothing more than stunt casting, meant to bring in a “name” actor. I’m not so sure they got the desired result, despite a fairly solid performance from Priestley.

Plot. Had this been a more, shall we say, respectable flick, this plot would not have seemed so bad, but because this is in a spoof that seems to be trying to take itself a little too seriously, it just doesn’t seem to work as well as it should. This is the kind of melodrama that we see from films that this flick is spoofing, but the difference is they do it well. By the time this film finally gets into a groove with the plot, it then rushes things in the final scene so that everything can be wrapped up in a nice little package, just like almost every other film seems to do.

In the mood for a spoof featuring a guy dressed up as a woman who embodies the characteristic of the strong, evil type women from films such as Mommy Dearest? Die, Mommie, Die! is the perfect film for you. Unfortunately, that was not to be the case with me. I didn’t hate this picture, but it sure didn’t do anything for me. As a matter of fact, other than a fresh-faced Natasha Lyonne and some nice jazz vocal charts, there really isn’t much that interested me. Still, if this is the kind of flick that appeals to you, go ahead and give it a shot.

2 1/2 out of 5 stars

Blade: Trinity

Posted in Action/Adventure, Horror, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Superhero Films with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2010 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

The film begins with an opening narration about Dracula:

In the movies, Dracula wears a cape and some old English guy always manages to save the day at the last minute with crosses and holy water.
But everybody knows the movies are full of shit.
The truth is, it started with Blade and it ended with him. The rest of us were just along for the ride.

The film starts with a collection of vampires looking for “Drake”, a.k.a. Dracula, they find him in Syria in a tomb where he retreated to sleep for a time. He is ultimately woken by the group.

The vampires succeed in framing Blade (Wesley Snipes) for the killing of a familiar posing as a vampire. A few days later, the FBI attack the hideout. During the siege, Whistler destroys the hideout after being mortally wounded and dying in the ensuing explosion. With his mentor gone Blade allows himself to be captured.

As the police prepare to hand Blade over to a group of vampires, Blade is rescued by Hannibal King (Ryan Reynolds) and Abigail Whistler (Jessica Biel). The two head a group of vampire hunters called the Nightstalkers, formed by Blade’s mentor to assist him. King and Abigail reveal that Danica Talos (Parker Posey), who was the vampire who bit King, has located the first vampire, Dracula, now called Drake. Talos hopes that by resurrecting him, Drake (Dominic Purcell) will help save the vampire race by producing more daywalkers, and eliminate Blade. In his first confrontation with Blade, Drake shows a sort of affinity for Blade, as they are both “honorable warriors” (ironically, while Drake is delivering his speech about honor, he is hiding behind a baby he has taken hostage). During the chaos, King is incapacitated by Drake.

Blade eventually learns of a bioweapon the Nightstalkers had created called Daystar. The weapon is capable of killing any and all vampires in a nearby area. However, there are two catches: The first is that Drake’s blood must be infused with the virus. As he is the first vampire, his DNA is still pure, which, infused with Daystar, will make it work to its maximum efficacy. The second: the virus has a possibility of killing Blade, as he is a half-vampire.

Blade and Abigail learn of the vampire “final solution”, which involves several hundred homeless being kept “alive” in a chemically induced coma, trapped in body bags. This keeps in line with vampires needing live food sources if the entire vampire race were to take over the world. Blade has all of them put out of their misery, shutting down their life support.

The two return to find the Nightstalkers have been all but wiped out. The only exception is King who has been kidnapped by Drake and a young girl named Zoe (Haili Page), the daughter of one of the Nightstalkers. Blade and Abigail go to the Talos building to save their friends.

Meanwhile, King is chained and tortured for information about Daystar. When this fails to get any information from him, Talos threatens that she will bite King and leave him to feed on Zoe. Blade and Abigail eventually enter the building and the fighting begins. Abigail kills Danica Talos’ brother Asher (Callum Keith Rennie) and King kills Jarko Grimwood (Triple H) while Blade engages Drake in a sword battle. In the end, Blade impales Drake with the Daystar arrow, and releases it into the air, killing all the nearby vampires, including Danica Talos. As Drake dies, he praises Blade for fighting with honor and tells him that through Blade the vampire race will survive. Dying, he offers Blade a “parting gift”, he also warns him the thirst will eventually win.

REVIEW:

Blade: Trinity brings an ending to a saga started in Blade and continued in Blade II. This time Blade faces off against Dracula, who apparently is some sort of super vampire.

Wesley Snipes has said that he loves this character and would love to do more Blade movies, of course he has to rid himself of his tax problems, first, but I would love to see more Blade films myself. Especially after the bad taste the TV series left in my mouth. I’m not talking about some sort of reboot or remake, either. I want a full on Blade 4. Wishful thinking, though. Chances are if they do make another Blade picture it’ll be a remake or reboot. SAd…but true.

THe good parts of the film…well, when you have a film about vampire hunters, you’re expected to eventually bring in Dracula, so having him in the final chapter was a stroke of genius. Their sword battle is reminiscent of the swashbuckling films of yesteryear. There are a lot of explosions and technical gadgets and whatnot that bring Blade into the present, whereas in the first first film he was using alot of antiquated  weapons, primarily (that may have had something to do with the budget, though). Jessica Biel was obviously brought in to be the token eye candy ,but her character had a lot of depth to it, especially being Whistler’s daughter. There is scene after Natasha Lyonne’s character dies that Blade stands over here and tells her to “use it”. It brought to mind the possibility that now he was the mentor to her, as this was probably a similar scene he went through in his youth.

The bad…as with Blade II, they have decided to pair Blade up with a team. Now, while this team actually has good intentions and all, it just takes away from his character. It’s like The Punisher joining the Avengers, it just shouldn’t happen. normally, I’m a fan of Ryan Reynolds, but he came off as a tad annoying here. Strangely enough, the same characteristics here, he uses as Deadpool. Parker Posey just doesn’t seem to fit or convince me that she can lead this group of vampires or be a sexy vamp. Couple that with her funky hairdos and you have to wonder who she slept with to get this job. The film starts with this massive chase scene that is wicked cool, but in the context of the film, it doesn’t really click. Apparently it was meant for Blade II, but was cut, so I guess that makes more sense, but it still doesn’t fit. Neither do these random FBI agents who seem to have it in for Blade. They go through all the trouble of catching him, then after the interrogation, we don’t see them again until the last scene. Lastly, in all 3 films, Blade’s headquarters, which are located down by the pier have been infiltrated and blown up. You’d think he’d find some other kind of warehouse or something as a base of operations.

Be honest, when was the last time the last film in a trilogy was actually on the level of its predecessors? Even the final chapter of the holy trilogy, Return of the Jedi, doesn’t stack up. Does that mean its a bad film? No, but it isn’t as good as the other two films. Blade: Trinity follows that same pattern. I’m not a fan of the story, but it does make for a fitting end to the trilogy. I wouldn’t watch it as a stand alone film, though, unless you’re a woman who has a thing for Dominic Purcell or Ryan Reynolds, otherwise it is one of those films you can catch on TV. Personally, I’m a huge fan of Blade. While I didn’t love the film, I really did like it and would recommend it to anyone who is into these kid of pictures, but if you can only see one Blade picture, I’d go with the first.

4 out of 5 stars

Comic Book Villains

Posted in Comedy, Independent, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2009 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Comic book collector Archie (DJ Qualls) is an innocent bystander caught in the rivalry between two comic book shops. One owner (Donal Logue) runs his store because he loves comics. The other shop, owned by a husband and wife (Michael Rapaport and Natasha Lyonne), is run strictly for profit. The tense situation blows up when a sneak collector discovers a large amount of perfectly preserved classic comics and both shops fight to own them.

REVIEW:

I bet you’re wondering what the heck this film is about, right? Well, that little plot you see above pretty much sums it up. There is nothing fancy about this flick, its quite simplistic and doesn’t have any big name actors to hog the spotlight.

The story is fairly decent, but, as with most films like this, it falls flat. When you have a story about rival comic book ower vying for why amounts to the ultimate comic book collection, which the deceased’s mother doesn’t want to sell, could have gone in so many directions other than the one that was chosen.

Even worse than the direction this film took, was the fact that the picture doesn’t zero in on the tone it wants to take…at least not for the entire film. For the first half of the film, it seems to be your typical independent comedy, remisnecent of early Kevin Smith films, but the second half goes off in a direction similar to murder movies. This disconnect is what ruins the film for me more than anything else.

The acting, well, to put it nicely, they get an A fr effort, but honestly, they give some bad performances worthy of their careers. Cary Elwes, who is the biggest name in the flick, is dragged down by the cast and writing, which is a shame since he is the most talented person associated with this atrocity.

There are a few good things about this picture, though. For instance, Natasha Lyonne looks the best I’ve seen her in any film, except Blade: Trinity. The comic book lore in the film ,as well as the shots that are used between scenes add a nice touch. Of course, who is gonna complain about a strip club being a major part of the flick, even if nothing is shown?

As a big comic book fan from back in the day, I see a movie called Comic Book Villains, and I expect something related to villains from the pages of my fave comics such as The Joker, Lex Luthor, Venom, Red Skull, Doctor Doom, The Mandarin, Magneto, etc. Instead, this film gives the viewer two warring comic book shops with psycho owners. Such a disappointment. I can’t, in good faith, recommend this to anyone, especially comic book fans. It just isn’t worth it. Unless you’re a fan of one of the stars of the picture, there really is no reason to waste your time.

2 out of 5 stars

But I’m a Cheerleader

Posted in Comedy, Independent, Movie Reviews, Spoofs & Satire with tags , , , , , , on June 24, 2009 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Seventeen-year-old Megan (Lyonne) is a sunny high school senior who loves cheerleading and is going steady with football player boyfriend Jared. She does not enjoy kissing Jared, however, and prefers looking at her fellow cheerleaders. Combined with Megan’s interest in vegetarianism and Melissa Etheridge, her family and friends suspect that Megan is in fact a lesbian. With the help of ex-gay Mike (RuPaul), they surprise her with an intervention. Following this confrontation, Megan is sent to True Directions, a reparative therapy camp which uses a five-step program (similar to Alcoholics Anonymous’ Twelve-step program) to convert its campers to heterosexuality.

At True Directions, Megan meets the founder, strict disciplinarian Mary Brown (Moriarty), Mary’s son Rock, and a group of young people trying to “cure” themselves of their homosexuality. With the prompting of Mary and the other campers, Megan reluctantly agrees that she is a lesbian. This fact, at odds with her traditional, religious upbringing, distresses her and she puts every effort into becoming heterosexual. Early on in her stay at True Directions, Megan discovers two of the boys, Dolph and Clayton, making out. She panics and screams, leading to their discovery by Mike. Dolph is made to leave and Clayton is punished by being forced into isolation.

The True Directions program involves the campers admitting their homosexuality, rediscovering their gender identity by performing stereotypically gender-associated tasks, finding the root of their homosexuality, demystifying the opposite sex, and simulating heterosexual intercourse. Over the course of the program, Megan becomes friends with another girl at the camp, a college student named Graham (DuVall) who, though more comfortable being gay than Megan, was forced to the camp at the risk of otherwise being disowned by her family.

The True Directions kids are encouraged to rebel against Mary by two of her former students, ex-ex-gays Larry and Lloyd, who take the campers to a local gay bar where Graham and Megan’s relationship develops into a romance. When Mary discovers the outing, she makes them all picket Larry and Lloyd’s house, carrying placards and shouting homophobic abuse.

Megan and Graham sneak away one night to have sex and begin to fall in love. When Mary finds out, Megan, now at ease with her sexual identity, is unrepentant. She is made to leave True Directions and, now homeless, goes to stay with Larry and Lloyd. Graham, afraid to defy her father, remains at the camp. Megan and Dolph, who is also living with Larry and Lloyd, plan to win back Graham and Clayton.

Megan and Dolph infiltrate the True Directions graduation ceremony where Dolph easily coaxes Clayton away. Megan entreaties Graham to join them as well, but Graham nervously declines. Megan then performs a cheer for Graham and tells her that she loves her, finally winning Graham over. They drive off with Dolph and Clayton. The final scene of the film shows Megan’s parents (Stole and Cort) attending a PFLAG meeting to come to terms with their daughter’s homosexuality.

REVIEW:

If you’re  regular reader of this blog, then you’re probably confused as to why I watched this. Well, it wasn’t my choice. Having said that, this thing didn’t suck.

In this day and age when so many cannot seem to be acceptiong of homosexuality, a spoof on these attitudes is just what the doctor ordered.

Natasha Lyonne has to be one of the most underrated actresses ever. She takes her character, Megan, and gives her emotional depth and attempts to make her likable by the audience. As weak as the script is for this film, her acting is pretty good.

Cathy Moriarty portrays a strict headmistress. She really gets into her character, especially when it comes time to do some disciplinary stuff. Mary is one of those by-the-book conservative type authority figures that we all love to hate and Moriarty helps the process along.

RuPaul also stars in this independentt satirical comedy, but most won’t know it’s him, unless you know what he looks like outside of drag.

I think this film could have been better, but it lost me somewhere around the time we met Mary. From that point on, the entire film is set at the True Direction school that exists solely to degay these poor kids. I can’t help but wonder how many of these places really exist and how many parents have literally given up their kids because they suspected them of homosexuality. I can’t say you should go rush out and try and see this film. It isn’t that great, but it is worth a view once in a awhile.

3 out of 5 stars