If there's one thing that the men of Rockford Texas love as much as their women, it's their guns. But when a gun incident at a neighborhood school spurs one stay at home mom, Jenna (Andrea ...
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If there's one thing that the men of Rockford Texas love as much as their women, it's their guns. But when a gun incident at a neighborhood school spurs one stay at home mom, Jenna (Andrea Anders), to rethink Rockford's obsessive gun culture, life in this idyllic town is turned upside-down. Much to the chagrin of her husband, (Matt Passmore), Jenna ignites a movement by recruiting the women to withhold sex from the men until every gun in Rockford is vanquished. A wild and hilarious showdown ensues between the sexes. As tensions and libidos rise, the men and women of Rockford must decide what's really important: keeping the peace or getting a piece.
This plot is loosely based on the ancient Greek play "Lysistrata" written by Aristophanes and first performed in 411 BC. In the play, Lysistrata persuades the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands until they negotiate a peaceful end to the Peloponnesian War.
A movie with a point its target audience can't get, played for light comedy laughs
In hindsight this movie hasn't made it easy on itself in how it's chosen to look at its topic. It's a light entertainment feel for a very heavy topic. The movie is pretty consistent within itself in that delivery and the actors are pretty good at hitting that vibe. They're playing for cheesy laughs based on a 70s and 80s comedy delivery and they do a good job in those characters. Maybe the director felt it was the only way to pick the scab off this ugly topic and maybe trick some of the hardcore gun nuts to consider the topic as the direct serious approach obviously hasn't worked. Judging by the adverse one star reviews he's failed to reach those people anyway, but is this a good movie in spite of the style they chose? It's not a hard hitting piece of cinema, which it almost needs to be, there is no deep realisation moment to its topic, and in that way perhaps it parallels the situation it portrays. The wives try a oblique blackmail approach to a problem that reason can't solve, and achieve unclear results. The movie plays it for 70s and 80s dukes of hazard laughs and even though they did it well they achieve unclear results. But it's not an unpleasant way to at least attempt to start thinking about the topic, and it's clear its target audience of gun resistance really isn't ready for that discussion, at all, so it highlights at least that. These people don't want to think about it even in a light comedy way aimed at an easy inroad to the type of film the director thinks they want to see. I liked a lot of the characters here, the sex stuff and language certainly didn't pull punches, they started the conversation, and so it succeeds somewhat, and fails somewhat, no fault of the actors I think. They did OK with the material and direction they received. Its an easy watch of an obviously uncomfortable topic.
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