Here is a fun oddity that throws a lot at us and ends up making some sense. This is a film about acting and emulating.
Theresa Randle plays a wanna-be actress who is in a top your top off audition with QT (played by QT at a time when Lee was finding racist fault with Pulp Fiction and QT was so overexposed it was disgusting). who is directing “a black film.” This is the best film QT has been involved in. Anyway, Randle is auditioning and walks out because she does not want to take her top off under these circumstances, even as she dresses like this in the next scene.
She wants to do things on her own terms.And when that sort of pride leads her into needed to do phone sex (as girl 6) to get by, she does what we all do when working a job we don’t love, try to pretend its a job we love. She equates it to acting (and it is voice work) . She puts on costumes, fantasies, herself, that she is Foxy Brown or on the Jefferson’s cast.
She is a dreamer. The callers are dreamers, some pretend they have the guts to show up and some just pretend they are people that they are not, rich business men pretending to be scummy losers or married men pretending to be single. To the film’s credit, not many of those scenes are played for laughs.
The men physically in her life are pretending as well. Her ex husband is a klepto who carries around an empty baby carrier to fill with items. Her neighbor played by Spike is pretending his baseball card collection does not have to be sold in order for him to survive. In terms of actors (cause this is a film about acting) Lee’s character is similar to an actor only interested in legacy and 6’s ex is more like a method actor.
Well directed scenes are numerous. I would single out the Coney Island scene and the office meeting scenes which have a wonderful look and bluntness to them.
There is a great scene where Halle Berry (as herself) uses her fame to please a make a wish type kid. When 6 quits the phone sex business and sees herself as a success, she seeks out a girl that fell down an elevator (from the news) and tries to brighten her life. It is a great scene about how people emulate those they admire.
Spike, is that you?
nope, I’m Native American