The "message" and sense of humor definitely feels like the mentality of naive freshman film students willing to die for their art! I love the idea that mainstream cinema has gotten so bad we need cinema terrorists to take it back! So yeah, I thought this was pretty lovely and funny! I don't get why this is seen as lesser Waters, its better than Cry Baby and Dirty Shame. More around 4.5 stars but I'll give it 5!
Many people, including some hardcore Waters fans, shit on this movie. It's one of his lesser films for sure, but I love almost all of them so that's not so bad. The style is somewhat cheesy at times, but it's better than Cry-Baby! Waters' dialogue is as clever as ever, especially if you know his influences. I love the idea of a movie star being kidnapped and forced to make underground films, and Griffith is amusing.
A minor issue with Water's post-Desperate Living career is the attempted continuation of the edgy trash aesthetic without the trash (or indeed much of the edge): that is the naive earthiness of earlier films. Perhaps the cheapness atoned for thin plots, but I think it was more the hectic joie de vivre (or saleté) that was missed (except Hairspray). Not to be too po-faced though as there are always laughs with Waters.
I was so shocked when I saw this movie as a kid, but so glad because it shaped my taste for the weird and made me see through all the bullshit Hollywood is trying to sell to you. Thank you mister Waters, you are truly a gem among the demented <3
Non è sicuramente di impatto come i primi lavori di Waters,ma riesce cmq a mantenere una certa freschezza che conduce tutto il film ad una discreta godibilità.Punta forse troppo sulla dicotomia blockbuster-indipendente,ma le scene di azione e i surreali dialoghi (con una Griffith in partissima) fanno sorridere e non risultano mai fastidiosi.
Kind of like a calling card to cinema that's both hysterical and oddly inspiring. God, we need more John Waters before it's too late. The man's a treasure. And he just gave me a crop of directors to check out.