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The New Women (2001)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi, Comedy | 15 March 2002 (Canada)
The New Women is a post-apocalyptic adventure about Lisa LaStrada (Mary Woronov) and her small town group of women friends who clearly haven't come a long way, baby. Lisa spends her nights ... See full summary »

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Todd Hughes
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Woronov ... Lisa LaStrada
Jamie Tolbert Jamie Tolbert ... Janet
Sandra Kinder ... Tabby
Jane Ray Jane Ray ... Claire
Roma Maffia ... Virginia VanUpp
Jenny Shimizu ... Lemongrass
Cheryl Dunye Cheryl Dunye ... Phaedra
Amy Hill ... Gaia
Tracy Reiner ... Dr. Fritzi Haller
Mary Scheer ... Nancy
Michael White Michael White ... Jay LaStrada
Matt North Matt North ... Steve
Thea Constantine Thea Constantine ... Koko
Laurel Green ... Dr. Richards
Dana Schwartz Dana Schwartz ... Pam
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The New Women is a post-apocalyptic adventure about Lisa LaStrada (Mary Woronov) and her small town group of women friends who clearly haven't come a long way, baby. Lisa spends her nights pining over the infidelities of her philandering sheriff husband who is having an affair with her nemesis, Virginia Van Upp (Roma Maffia). A recovering alcoholic, Lisa falls off the wagon and tries in vain to drown her sorrows in booze, drugs and RV fantasies until one day, at a local barbeque, along comes a huge rainstorm that quite literally puts everyone in the entire world to sleep. In a couple of days, slowly but surely, all of the women wake up to a world that has come to a complete standstill. Well, not a complete standstill, their men remain fast asleep in comas, getting erections every forty-five minutes. There was definitely something in that rain! Now Lisa and her friends struggle to rebuild their world (and face their issues of low self-esteem) until they realize by degrees, as their men... Written by <info@thenewwomen.com>

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You are now entering no man's land.

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Sci-Fi | Comedy

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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15 March 2002 (Canada) See more »

Filming Locations:

Claremont, California, USA See more »

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Interzone Inc. See more »
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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Connections

Version of Producers' Showcase: The Women (1955) See more »

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Sleep My Love
Music by Cary Berger
Words by Todd Hughes
Performed by Linda Thomas
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What a terrific premise! What a dreadful movie!
8 August 2003 | by restless111See all my reviews

What could have been a brilliant satire about civilization in a post-penile society gets mercilessly crushed under the weight of a clunky, wordy screenplay (NO one talks the way these characters do), horribly amateurish direction, and some of the worst production values since the days of 50s sci-fi. You'll laugh (but not at the jokes), you'll cry (out of agony), you'll wonder if it will ever end! Mary Woronov does an admirable job of trying to rise above the drudgery, but even her wealth of talent can't save this turkey. Filmed entirely in black and white (You know... "artsy!"), it looks like it was shot on video to save money. But no matter; even lustrous color wouldn't have helped. Lines fall flat. Cuts jump awkwardly. The action rolls along like a square wheel. Odd camera angles appear for no apparent conceptual reason. And when not speaking, the actors often look desperately hopeful but cruelly embarrassed. One has to hope that neither director Todd Hughes nor the producers quit their day jobs to make this, because from this effort it appears that none of them have ever actually seen a movie before, but have had one carefully described to them by a third party. With even a passing nod to semi-professional production or writing, this could have been a gem -- but the New Women smells like old fish. Run away, run away!


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