Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Girls Will Be Girls (Richard Day, 2003)

I have always loved drag comedy. I think it all started with Bugs Bunny, but cannot swear to that. I was trying to remember a drag stand up performer's name, and when I did I came across this film.

Girls Will Be Girls stars three drag queens, but they are portraying women. It is not To Wong Fu or Priscilla Queen of the Desert, but rather a dark comedy involving three women. Jack Plotnick is Evie, an aging actress with substance abuse issues and serious jealousy problems. Clinton Leupp (better known as "Miss Coco Peru") is Coco, a girl past her prime who wonders if she will ever find happiness. Jeffery Roberson is Varla, a newcomer to Hollywood with big dreams and bigger naivete. The three live together in a rather Golden Girls fashion, and it is soon discovered that there is a past evil that haunts them and threatens to destroy there world. Well, that is a bit melodramatic, but we are talking about drag queens here.

The movie is funny. There is a lot of very overt humor, but then some wonderful subtle touches that really make it enjoyable. You have to get past the theme song, which was atrocious... Kind of an Ethel Merman cabaret song. There is a lot of the bitchy, cattiness you expect from drag comedy, but it does not dominate. You do almost forget you are watching drag queens.

This one streams on Netflix.


The Vicar of VHS said...

This movie owes a lot to BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS imo, which is pretty hilarious on its own. A lot of absurd camp and some talented comedic performers over and above the conceit. I dug it.

Darius Whiteplume said...

I think inside every drag queen there is a little Russ Meyer. He certainly favored caricatures of femininity. I loved the bit with the guy who wanted to sleep with a movie star and needed porn even gay porn, to get it up for Evie.

Miss Coco Peru is a funny stand-up. Worth seeking out.

Lockwood said...

More IT buffoonery.

Darius Whiteplume said...

Good stuff :-D

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