|REFORM SCHOOL GIRLS (director/writer: Tom DeSimone; cinematographer: Howard Wexler; editor: Michael Spence; music: Tedra Gabriel; cast: Linda Carol (Jenny), Wendy O. Williams (Charlie Chambliss ) Pat Ast (Edna), Sherri Stoner), Pat Ast (Edna), Sybil Danning (Warden Sutter), Charlotte McGinnis (Dr. Norton), Sherri Stoner (Lisa); Runtime: 94; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Jack Cummins; New World; 1986)|
|"Good for a few laughs."
by Dennis Schwartz
Tom DeSimone ("Hell
Night"/"Concrete Jungle"/"Chatterbox") directs and
writes this trashy spoof women's prison pic, that
strives for cult status and to be as unreal as
possible. A viewer can enjoy it for being so badass,
gratuitously sexy, and its stupid dialogue. Whatever,
it's good for a few laughs. It shows one bosomy inmate
Charlie Chambliss (Wendy O.
Williams, lead singer for the Plasmatics) wearing
black leather undies and into taking long showers with
other female inmates.
nice but disobedient teenage girl Jenny (Linda Caro)
is caught helping her boyfriend rob a convenience
store and ends up at Pridemore Juvenile
Facilities. The unsympathetic woman warden (Sybil
Dannings) is fond of quoting from the Bible and giving
the inmates a rough time while toting a rifle. The
leather-clad lesbian inmate Charlie greets all
new prison arrivals with intimidation, and is intent
on giving Jenny a hard time. Backed-up by her
jailhouse gang, the Death Rockers, their abuse of the
angel-faced Jenny, committed to blowing the whistle on
prison corruption, doesn't work. When the next new
arrival, the weak parental abuse vic, Lisa (Sherri
Stoner), is intimated by the gang, Jenny comes to her
Ast plays the fatty perverse head matron, and along
with Williams the two make for amusing heavies. Charlotte
McGinnis plays the sincere prison psychiatrist, who
tries to help
No original characters here, each is a caricature from other women-behind-bars pictures.
REVIEWED ON 2/6/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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