A rather incoherent post-breakup Sex Pistols "documentary", told from the point of view of Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, whose (arguable) position is that the Sex Pistols in particular ... See full summary »
The original title for the film was Desperate Teenage Runaways. Producer Kim Fowley who owned the name of the all-girl rock band The Runaways made director David Markey change it (because of the similarities). See more »
Similar to a punk rock "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" made on the budget of four bucks
"Desperate Teenage Lovedolls" is similar to a punk rock "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" made on the budget of four bucks. It was obviously made by a group of friends on several weekends. So don't expect decent acting, camera-work, or direction. This is below mediocre and often comes across as a post-dubbed home movie. Still, this is defiantly in the spirit of the early 80s punk rock scene and is constantly hilarious. Just like other no-budget classics such as "Deadbeat at Dawn" and "Combat Shock", this gives inspiration to film fans with no money or resources to make a potential cult classic. What Dave Markey lacks in polish he makes up for in enthusiasm and energy.
This film has a "so-bad-its-good" quality to it similar to exploitation films of the 60s and 70s. It was fortunately intended to be a campy send-up of those rising star soap operas (loved the "Valley of the Dolls" reference). The dialog is hilarious throughout the whole thing ("Thanks for killing my mom man") and the performances are suitably awful. The satire of the recording industry is both surreal and occasionally dead-on and the conclusion is a hilarious nihilistic "F.U." The soundtrack is great, including Red Kross and plenty of unlicensed rock 'n' roll classics ("Purple Haze", "Stairway to Heaven"). The film looks like crap but is hilarious throughout and completely punk rock. (6/10)
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