Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Lipstick Thespians: The Clever and Caustic Girls Will Be Girls Offers More Than the Usual Drag Shenanigans

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Lipstick Thespians: The Clever and Caustic Girls Will Be Girls Offers More Than the Usual Drag Shenanigans

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This is so not your auntie's drag movie. Sure, the dialogue's as bawdy as ever--"I met Fred MacMurray at the Brown Derby when they were casting Flubber, and he threw me a juicy part," recalls Evie Harris (Jack Plotnick), to which Coco (Clinton Leupp) harrumphs, "And then he put you in the picture"--but the film's stars deliver it in that minimalist deadpan style that marks turn-of-the-millennium humor. Both outrageous and restrained, Girls Will Be Girls borrows from the classic showbiz melodramas--All About Eve, Valley of the Dolls, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?--but still feels fresh and inspired.

The same, alas, can hardly be said for washed-up actress Evie, who spends her days puttering around her past-its-prime Hollywood mansion (complete with Bicentennial Room) chain-smoking, chaindrinking, and abusing her put-upon maid, Coco. Into this maelstrom of malaise wanders wide-eyed ingenue Varla (Jeffery Roberson), a would-be actress-singer whose mother just happens to be the rising starlet whom Evie screwed over years ago to get the lead role in the disaster movie Asteroid.

Has Varla sworn revenge? Will Evie rekindle her career with her "speciamercial"? …

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