Bitch Slap (Review)

(1/08/10; Comedy, Action)
Julia Voth, Erin Cummings, America Olivo, Michael Hurst, Lucy Lawless, Kevin Sorbo
SCR: Eric Gruendemann, Rick Jacobson
DIR: Rick Jacobson
MPAA: R for brutal violence, strong sexual content and language throughout, and brief drug use.
1 hour 49 mins
BOX: $17,365

According to Wikipedia, “Three girls, a down-and-out stripper named Trixie, a drug-running killer and ex-convict named Camero, and a corporate powerbroker nicknamed Hel, arrive at a remote desert hideaway to extort massive riches from a ruthless sword-wielding killer named Pinky, who is also a notorious underworld figure.”

The only problem: that sounds more exciting than what goes down.

This throwback to exploitation flicks like Faster Pussycat Kill Kill gets off to a rollicking start with a colorful credit sequence but then hits the skids from the first scene – a whopping 15 minutes of desert-set exposition with three babes and a sadistic weirdo (Hurst).

The movie clearly wants to titillate – with endless slow-motion sequences of buxom women stepping out of cars, girls making out, water fights and bad girls talking tough. And despite the abundance of style slathered over the entire film, there is still has no snap or attitude, and certainly no payoff.

You’d think a movie with so much cleavage could make good on a tease or two. (Summit)


Author: Dennis Willis

Dennis Willis is an award-winning producer, TV host, producer, director, editor (he preferred Avid until a torrid affair with Adobe Premiere, and the rest is history), author and film critic (print and radio). Dennis produced and hosted the TV programs Reel Life, FilmTrip, Soundwaves (1983-2008) and produces the annual Soundwaves Xmas program. He is currently the film critic on KGO Radio in San Francisco, and a member of both the San Francisco Film Critics Circle and the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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