A potential cult classic in dire need of an official release
Loreli Daly is an aging beauty queen who can't let go of the past... which still haunts her. Her daughter Corinne is now grown (and a beauty queen herself), and the pair embark on a road trip back to Texas -- with Tiffany and Liz, Corinne's childhood friends, and Loreli's boyfriend Lyle in tow -- so Loreli can oversee another beauty pageant. Not surprisingly, the road back to Texas is a bumpy one...
Several slightly different cuts of "Forever Fabulous" have been circulating deep underground for many years, and it's not hard to understand why -- this little black comedy has got cult movie written ALL over it. With its intentionally campy narration, dialogue and performances, endearingly tacky characters, quotable one-liners, candy colored production design, numerous references and homages to old Hollywood, and a cameo from b-movie legend Mink Stole, the movie's entertaining, lovable and has a high re-watchability factor. The film has its share of flaws too (most notably, a shift in tone as Loreli's un-shocking darkest secret is revealed), but the pros far outweigh the cons, and the performances from the entire cast are stellar.
Unfortunately, outside of the underground and a brief stint on the film festival circuit, it's barely been seen. The airplay rights for the movie were sold to LMN in 2001 (sadly, they cropped the picture for TV), but it seems the network barely aired it before locking it away in the vaults. Many years have passed, and still the film remains utterly obscure. I'd love to see it on DVD with commentaries and deleted/alternate scenes (the version originally screened at the Austin Film Festival ran nearly 20 minutes longer than the versions in circulation), but it doesn't look like that's EVER gonna happen. At the very least, it would be great if they'd resurrect the film for airings on Logo -- at least on that network, it might reach an audience who'll appreciate the film as the wickedly campy trashterpiece that it is.
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