Girls (1986) is an indie "day in the life of" film about a
relatively upscale New York whore house, and centers around Molly
(Louise Smith) who works two days a week, is in a committed lesbian
relationship with a black woman, is co-parenting her lovers daughter,
is college educated, and is also a photographer. Keeping in mind that
this is one of the better places for a "working girl" to be,
it still doesn't come off as someplace you would want to work. They
did their best to de-eroticize the film, and succeeded. As a matter of
fact, the MPAA didn't mind the nudity, but was livid about a scene of
Molly trying to insert her diaphragm
|Two other girls get naked
in the film, Helen Nicholas and Marusia Zach. Amanda Goodwin showed
some very skimpy panties. The women are mostly portrayed as people who
think their job sucks. Three of the women quit, including first timer
Mary (Nicholas), and an aging hooker has become less in demand and
hard to get along with. The madam is the prissy bitch from hell, and
has totally forgotten that before she owned her "dating
service" she was also a working girl.
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||Leonard Maltin loves it, praising its
honesty. Indeed, it is so realistic, it seems more like a documentary
than fiction. The film was made for under $100K, and was shot in the
writer/director's flat in New York on super 16.
The DVD transfer has a feature length
commentary that is worth listening to.
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters
score it 6.5.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics - or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a C+.
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