1 item from 2002
Hollywood Film Festival
Hungry Productions Inc.
In this turgid tease of a comedy, three jaded showbiz femmes and a heavily medicated ingenue turn a Beverly Hills party into the gig from hell for a gourmet cook/former male hooker. With good looks and presence, S. Greg Gardner as the lone male in a house of horny but suicidal women goes begging for decent dialogue, while the film unwisely tries to microwave cultural leftovers and scraps of humor into a black farce.
Directed by Rolf Schrader and written by Glenn Benest and Timothy Wurtz, the mercifully short 83-minute movie is a clunky showcase for the quartet of actresses led by Susan Blakely as a company-town widow throwing what appears to be the last party for herself and three friends.
If only the movie didn't hit all the low notes it does and indulged in more sex given its constant attention to the subject, the project might have had a chance. As it is, there's lots of raw female banter and lecherous attitude to spare, but Gardner's gullible lug beds only one (Kristen Shaw) of the gals. Pauley Perrette and Marjory Graue play the other tragic divas. When the filmmakers resort to a predictable trick ending, one lets out the big yawn that has been building up the entire movie.
1 item from 2002
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