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"Desperate Teenage Lovedolls" was an entertaining cult film, but its sequel outdoes it in every department
"Desperate Teenage Lovedolls" was an entertaining cult film, but its sequel outdoes it in every department. The pacing is much better, the gags are funnier, and the satire is much more dead-on. This was one of the best satires on the music industry ever made and its a shame it never received the recognition it deserved (not even a cult following). This is one of the ultimate punk rock movies also. If you have any interest at all in the 80s hardcore scene in LA, this is a must see.
What makes it work so well? The humor this time around is much more hilarious. There are many classic moments in the film and it never slows down. Even though its a half hour longer than "Desperate Teenage Lovedolls", its much quicker. The satire is overall more skewed and directed, especially the absolutely brilliant Bruce Springsteen parody. Additionally, the budget is much higher (if still low). While "Desperate Teenage Lovedolls" was filmed for $250, this had a budget of $10,000. Fortunately, the home-movie charm is still there. Add to all this nice cameos from Garage Rock legend Sky Saxon (from The Seeds) and Dead Kennedys front-man / head of Alternative Tentacles Jello Biafra, and you have a cult gem! (8/10)
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