DENNIS SCHWARTZ Movie Reviews

WOMEN IN REVOLT (director/writer: Paul Morrissey; cinematographer: Jed Johnson/Andy Warhol; editor: Paul Morrissey; music:  John Cale; cast: Candy Darling (Candy),  Jackie Curtis (Jackie), Holly Woodlawn (Holly), Michael Sklar (Max Morris), Jonathan Kramer (Journalist), Johnny Kemper (Johnny Minute), Marty Kove (Marty), Duncan MacKenzie (Duncan), Dusty Springs (Dusty); Runtime: 99; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Andy Warhol; Images Entertainment (Media Home Entertainment); 1971)

"Stupid funny."

Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz

It's the last feature made at Andy Warhol's Factory in Manhattan. Paul Morrissey ("Spike in Bensonhurst"/"Flesh"/"Trash") directs this vulgar improv campy lesbian satire of the women's liberation movement with much mockery for the movement. It's a good example of 1970s hipster films. It reflects the feminism trends of the era, and is provocative, mindless, tiresome, crude, and stupid funny. So what if it peters out as a one-joke comedy!

It stars a trio of female impersonators grappling with issues over women rights: Candy Darling (a pampered rich girl, getting it on with her brother Duncan MacKenzie and obsessed with being a Hollywood actress), Jackie Curtis (a virgin and an intellectual) and Holly Woodlawn (a nymph model, who now hates men even though still attracted to them). The girls are trying to be liberated and form a militant feminist group, P.I.G. (Politically Involved Girls), but still do not find happiness. In the end Jackie ends up as desperate housewife, Holly a Bowery drunk and Candy finds her way to Hollywood playing a slut in B movies.

Candy has me rolling on the floor as she sings the insane song "Give Me A Man Who Does Things To Me."

It's a film meant for those whose DNA will allow them to kvell over a film that is not politically correct amateurishly made.

REVIEWED ON 1/9/2015       GRADE: B

Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"

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