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Leaving behind the mundane grind of their jobs in a factory, a group of
working class women head out for a girls night out of drinking,
shrieking, laughing and female entertainment specifically a club
where a male stripper is performing. Although this short animation won
awards and was promoted as being hilarious, I failed to see the hype
pay off into delivery. The basic plot sees a bunch of terribly "council
estate" women going to a club where they drink and scream just like the
terrible trollops you see in the bingo at times it is amusing but it
is never "hilarious" and it certainly never gets any depth to it.
The animation is as broad and bawdy as the characters themselves but it mostly works and does show a real match with the material. I wasn't too taken by it myself but then I suspect that that was more to do with my dislike for the subjects. Overall this is amusing and noisy and I suppose does capture a type of person pretty well but I didn't see the value in it past this it had no real laughs and didn't have any insight into the characters that it gets right on the nose.
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"Girls Night Out" is a British 6-minute cartoon from 1988, so this one is almost 30 years old. This award-winning work is one of the most famous films by writer and director Joanna Quinn. And the title says it all basically. It's a woman's birthday and her friends take her to a strip club, where it all becomes pretty excessive and over-the-top. This is an unrestrained little movie and that's probably also the only reason why I would say someone should see it. It is certainly not the story. The animation is decent for the 1980s, depends on your subjective taste if you like it, looks a bit like a comic book. All in all, this film just does not offer enough. The woman took something from it, but I did not. Thumbs down and I suggest you to watch something else instead.
This is NOT a particularly subtle film and when it first begins your
senses are assaulted with very, very loud and boisterous singing. In
fact, everything about this film seems very, very loud--the art style,
the story and the ladies who constantly blather like they are drunk
frat boys! In fact, through much of the story, there isn't any real
dialog--just loud riotous noise.
As for the story, it might have been able to overcome the brashness of the art if it had been a very strong narrative. However, there just isn't much story---it's just a middle aged lady going out with her obnoxious co-workers to yell and hoot at a male stripper. None of this seemed all that entertaining. Watching the film was like going to a fancy dinner where they forget to give you the entrée. You are just kept waiting and waiting for more.
If you try "Dreams and Desires: Family Ties" (also by the same director), you'll probably leave more satisfied. This amusing cartoon will probably make you laugh and shows that her talents have matured over time.
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