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Butch Jamie (2007)

Jamie Klein is an out-of-work butch lesbian actor willing to try almost anything for a role. Femme, Butch, and Male Jamie all make appearances throughout this quirky, gender-bending comedy about struggling for success in Hollywood.

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Lola
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David
Andrea Andrei ...
Andi
Joe McDaniel ...
Dan
Mary Lynch ...
Francine
Nathan Edmondson ...
Glen
Fiona Hickey ...
Girl in Waiting Room #1
Nevada Stonbely ...
Girl in Waiting Room #2
Kirsten Ehlen Poppen ...
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Sherri A. Ruark ...
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Leah Williamson ...
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Matt Burnham ...
Man at Urinal
Willow Baer ...
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Jamie Klein is an out-of-work butch lesbian actor willing to try almost anything for a role. Not being a traditionally feminine woman, Jamie dresses up for auditions as "Femme Jamie," but has no success in landing roles. To add insult to injury, her roommate Lola's cat (named Howard) is also an actor, and he gets cast in virtually anything he auditions for. After watching Howard's acting reel, Jamie is ready to rise to the challenge and prove to herself that she can be more successful than a stupid cat. Jamie's best friend David convinces her that the way to do this is to simply be yourself, which in Jamie's case, is what she refers to as "Butch Jamie" -- short hair spiked up with gel, Doc Martin boots, a studded belt, and a neck chain. This unintentionally tips Jamie's perceived gender in the opposite direction, and she gets offered a role in a film as a man - Steve. Offended by the reality that there is little room for butch women in show biz, Jamie is reluctant to take the role, ... Written by Michelle Ehlen

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Jamie: They, uh, have this technology now - raccoon heart.
Jill: Yes, I'm familiar.
Jamie: OK...
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Straight On
Written by Harold Squire and Myriam Brioschi
Performed by Myriam Brioschi
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This is a sleeper - one of the way-better gay-themed films out there, in a pool of formulaic amateurishness
8 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

It's funny sometimes to read other people's reviews and they're bored when you're thrilled, or vice versa. I loved this movie. I consider myself a discriminating viewer and knowledgeable about film-making - plus I have a really low threshold for being frustrated or bored and annoyed by inferior film-making, acting, scripts, etc. This movie was a very pleasant surprise, due singlehandedly to the triple-threat actor, director, scriptwriter, not to mention other duties, Michelle Ehlen. I haven't seen her work before, and only after I watched the movie and read the credits and saw her name in so many roles I almost expected her to have catered the production (which she probably did). But that also explains the very unified vision. The film had a very solid through- line point of view, very consistent in its tone and presentation. The basic story, as you probably know, is the dual identity scenario where she's cast as a man in a film, and how it impacts her life and relationships and perception. She is flawless - her timing, her writing, both improv and scripted, her naturalistic acting ability, her wry wit. I'm a big fan. She's the type of performer who could read from a telephone book (yes, I know, there's almost no such thing anymore), and make it interesting. Others commented that they were bored. I was so thrilled at all the nuances and rhythm, the dialogue and reactions, the subtlety of the wit, that is totally was in sync with my sensibilities. I don't necessarily need broad humor - in fact the broad moments were the least impactful, like when she dresses really feminine for an early audition, a moment that doesn't quite ring true, and turns out was an exaggeration of what she experienced in her own life. I highly recommend this film. I've almost given up on gay films, they are almost always so formulaic, and have no resemblance to my life or what I see around me. And yes, Michelle is not quite believable as a man - oh, those sideburns - but ultimately, it's not critical.


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