Alexander Polinsky (PUMPKINHEAD 2) is Dick; a near-disaffected SoCal Average Joe on every conceivable level. Maria Ford is Perry, the physical embodiment of every male heterosexual fantasy wrapped up into one tidy little package. She's beautiful, intelligent, wild, witty, spontaneous, faithful, sexy, surprisingly accessible and makes great arm candy on the club circuit (having her by your side automatically gets you into all the A-list night spots). There are only two catches; she gets what she wants when she wants it and she's something of a sociopath. And when you disappoint her, she doesn't hesitate to prove that you are quickly and easily replaceable by some other drooling schmuck who has no clue that they are dealing with a calculating woman who can destroy their lives with the flick of her wrist. Her weapon of choice is emotional manipulation; she knows just how men work, just what she will represent to them and just how to use this to her advantage. Dick does indeed get Perry (in the process, shunning the more homely girl who truly is in love with him) and by the films end he and his 'dream woman' indulge in multiple murder on their quest to camouflage Dick's imagined inadequacies with that elusive pair of perfect fitting blue jeans.
Polinsky does a fine job in the lead role (his well-written voice-over monologues about the underdog condition are surprisingly compelling and insightful at times) and Maria Ford sinks her teeth into this role. For once someone has given her a role with a little substance, and she makes the most of it. The film is oddly paced, a bit disjointed (a subplot or two needlessly intruding into the core) and refuses to find a consistent rhythm or tone to hang its satirical jabs on, but more often that not, a refreshing and sincere look at the quest for love, stability, identity and notoriety in a world where an article of clothing can be just enough to put you over in the superficial fast lane. The wonderful Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov from EATING RAOUL fame both have funny cameo roles as Dick's parents, as well.
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