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Female Perversions
(1996)
Reviewed by Nathan Johnston
Rating: 9.5 Beans

ell, this was a real… umm… interesting… uh… movie. It was a movie that was meant to be a lesson for all women to break free from all their stereotypes, perversions if you will. Instead it placed women in every type of perversion, stereotype if you will, imaginable. All from the hand of a female director no less.

That being said, the main lesson that I learnt from this movie is that Clancy "Starship Troopers" Brown looks scary with long hair.

I'm probably looking at this from the wrong point of view being male, but I can't help but think this movie does more harm than good in a sense. Every single woman in the flick is a complete flake. Not one of them would lead anything that would be called close to a normal lifestyle. For example, we have a bisexual lawyer named Eve - filled with so much self-doubt, that she would easily be the most insecure person on the planet. Then there is her sister, Maddy, a kleptomaniac in the middle of her doctorate degree. After that there is Maddy's neighbour/friend, Emma, who is more concerned about the way she looks for men than anything else. Rounding out this flake brigade is Emma's daughter; Ed. Ed is into self-mutilation.

From what I could gather, there is no real plot to this horribly pretentious movie. I think the film actually believed that because its intentions are so important and/or earth shattering, that it didn't need a real plot to hold it aloft. But for me, having the main character traipsing all around the place filled with self-doubt and watching various supposed stereotypes being persecuted upon or by the remaining female cast members without any real story unfolding around them, doesn't quite make it.

That last line pretty sums up the story of the movie, so I needn't discuss it further. Pretty slim huh?

I do not see how a movie meant as a "be free" lesson for all women, can hope to successfully get across its message by showing women being demeaned by every little female stereotype that has every squirmed its way into existence. Wouldn't it be better to demonstrate what women can do to break free of society's stereotypes, rather than showing all these evil stereotypes and insinuating that this can go on no longer? Isn't it better to have an optimistic message rather than a pessimistic one?

I really don't know what else to say, but this movie alienated me from the beginning via the extremely heavy handed way it tried not only to deliver its message, but to attach it to a wrecking ball and smack you in the face with it. Its hard for me to find any redeeming value in a movie that, while trying to act as a message for women, presents every female stereotype it is preaching against, and also plays a double standard by generalising pretty much all the males in the movie to be perverted sleaze bags.

Overall, I hope this tyranny is stopped soon, or else imagine what will happen to the next generation of women if history is allowed to repeat itself… they'll make a sequel.






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