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The wickedly funny story of three sisters' coming of age in a wildly dysfunctional family, set against the backdrop of the 60's, free love, the Cold War, LSD and the dawn of feminism. Affectionately dubbed "Little Women on acid", this is a story about the destructive effects of secrecy and the bonds of duty between parents and their children. Written by
This is billed as a comedy, but it is not. It is a story of a highly dysfunctional family.
The house is decorated in the most ugly 1960s style you could conceive. The furnishings came from a thrift store.
The father is a bully, though he stops just short of beating his family. He threatens them with guns. He is a bit like the Great Santini, pushing his family around as if he were a drill Sargent. He later becomes an alcoholic.
Mom is an alcoholic, barely conscious.
The three daughters are fat, and not very bright. One smokes non-stop. One gets pregnant by a gross older man. They are selfish and unkind to each other.
Only one character is in the least sympathetic, the fattest daughter, a lesbian, with a flair for carpentry.
There are a couple of awkward sex scenes which are funny in their dreadfulness.
The movie opens with mom in a casket. The film winds back in time to explore how that came to be.
It is a bitter film, not a funny one.
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