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Viva (II) (2007)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Musical  -  2 May 2008 (USA)
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Two suburban couples experiment with sex, drugs and bohemia in early 1970's Los Angeles.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Biller ...
Barbi / Viva
Jared Sanford ...
Mark
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Sheila
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Mr. Humphrey
Damon Wellner ...
Hippie
Chad England ...
Rick
Corky Parks ...
Sailor / Hot Tub Nudist
Evan Spector ...
Sailor
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Miss Marker
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Model (as Barbara Duffy)
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Model (as Deirdre Gaffney)
Barry Morse ...
Sherman
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Reeves
Rob Scott ...
Doctor
Morgan Blair ...
Man at Party
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VIVA is about a bored housewife in 1972 who gets sucked into the sexual revolution. Abandoned by her husband, Barbi is dragged into trouble by her girlfriend, who spouts women's lib as she gets Barbi to discard her bra and go out on the town. Barbi becomes a Red Riding Hood in a sea of wolves, and quickly learns a lot more than she wanted to about nudist camps, the hippie scene, orgies, bisexuality, sadism, drugs, and bohemia. Saturated to the hilt with vibrant color and exquisite period detail, and full of the kind of innocent nude romps you see before censorship codes lifted, VIVA looks like a lost film from the late '60's, and is a tribute to the best of exploitation cinema, from Herschell Gordon Lewis' Suburban Roulette to Radley Metzger's Camille 2000. Written by Anonymous

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They were housewives seeking kicks, in a world of swingers, orgies, booze and sin that was the sexual revolution!

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Rated R for sexual content, nudity and some drug use | See all certifications »
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The Japanese Mae West in the orgy scene who says, "Murray, peel me a grape" is 'Anna Biller (I)''s mother Sumiko, dubbed by Bridget Brno. The guy at the bar in the brown plaid suit behind Rick is Anna's father Les Biller. He originally had one line as a drunk. See more »

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Atrocious
19 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Most of these comments are definitely by cast and crew, obviously. This movie is absolutely atrocious, and not in a way that's fun to watch. It's taking itself too seriously to be considered an 'homage' or 'send-up'. One gets the feeling that the actor/writer/director (and review writer) thinks she's making a populist exploitation film, however, even most exploitation films had an actual story. The acting is probably the most offensive thing, but once again, not so bad that it's fun to watch and poke fun at. It's just bad. Like, someone got all their out of work hack actor friends together, threw in some family members, and then pulled a few people off the street kind of bad. But then again, one can hardly blame them when they're being forced to say the most ridiculous lines in the history of people talking to each other. The one redeeming thing in this film is the art direction; the costumes, color, and even the film stock are reminiscent of the 70's in a pleasant way.

If you want to watch an actual 70's period movie with genuine camp, sex, and a reasonable story, watch "Beyond The Valley of the Dolls". If you want to burn your eyes out with bleach, then perhaps watch "Viva" instead.


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