Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
Paul Morrissey, working under Andy Warhol’s take-no-prisoners raggedy producing style, makes a hilarious satire about the women’s movement using the three drag superstars of Warhol’s coterie at the lead. Candy Darling is the snotty rich housewife who goes on the war path towards sell-out celebrity, Holly Woodlawn finds herself needing to rid herself of the shackles of male oppression (thanks to countless hours on a couch with her naked boyfriend), and Jackie Curtis is an idealistic virgin who spouts slogans with men and has idealistic conversations with the other women. The ladies do a terrific job enacting their favourite old movie heroines, with situations that reference classic soap opera as well as lampooning the breakthroughs in civil liberties making headline news at the time (of course, in their version there is a LOT more male nudity, bad makeup, and bitch-slapping). Roughly shot and poorly acted, it is wonderfully campy, though anyone unfamiliar with the style and method of this now historic aspect of meta-cinema will be bored to tears.