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A comedic tale which charts the fast rise and fall of an all-girl, four-piece Portland rock band, The Paper Dolls. Working day jobs while dreaming of success, aspiring young rockers Kali, Lavender and Reggie get the jump start they need when local legend Fauna, singer for the obscure band The Snogs, joins them as lead singer. But Fauna, street-wise and opportunistic, just wants to use them on her way to stardom. The commercial direction in which Fauna is leading the band begins chipping away at their friendship. All comes to a head during a two-day party at the Doll House--a house into which they all have recently moved. The next morning, a body is found, someone is dead, and the Dolls' world changes forever. Written by
Sujit R. Varma
I rented Down and Out with the Dolls on a whim, and I was sorely disappointed. The idea of a film based on the Portland indie music scene appealed to me. Unfortunately, this movie fails to fulfill the promise.
Almost all of the cast are non-actors and it shows. Much of the dialog and delivery falls flat. The film looks like it was shot straight to video and overall has an amateurish hand-held feel to it. I was surprised to see the director has ten previous films to his credit, because the level of this movie barely surpasses that of a student film.
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