Girls Will Be Girls

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The confessional, behind-the-scenes showbiz melodrama goes under the knife -- so to speak -- in this drag comedy. Girls Will Be Girls casts three male performers in the roles of Evie Harris (Jack Plotnick), a has-been starlet of the '70s who has since gone to seed in her decaying Hollywood home; her best friend and domestic servant, Coco (Clinton Leupp); and Varla (Jeffrey Roberson), the daughter of a deceased peer/rival of Evie's who shows up to rent out a room in her home. The tension among the trio of women escalates as Evie prepares for a pull-out-all-the-stops television special commemorating her past career glories, which include sundry disaster movies and TV variety shows. What Evie doesn't know is that the naïve-seeming Varla has a debt to settle for her deceased mom, and will stop at nothing to seek vengeance. All three lead actors developed their characters in stage shows and cabaret acts; writer/director Richard Day wrote for such television shows as Ellen and The Larry Sanders Show before helming this film, his debut. After its 2003 Sundance premiere, Girls Will Be Girls was acquired by IFC Films for a theatrical release.



Evie (Jack Plotnick), an aging actress in the twi-dark of her career, drinks her way through the day, longing to jump-start her career and any man in the vicinity. Her roommate and verbal punching bag, Coco (Clinton Leupp), only yearns for one thing: to have a child with the doctor that performed her abortion. When Varla (Jeffery Roberson), a country girl with a bit of an eating disorder and her own dreams of making it as an actress, joins the household, their aspirations and sordid pasts come to an unforgettable boiling point.

 

AN SRO PICTURES PRODUCTION

 

JACK PLOTNICK

CLINTON LEUPP

JEFFERY ROBERSON

 

Girls Will Be Girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cast

Evie

JACK PLOTNICK

Coco

CLINTON LEUPP

Varla/Marla

JEFFERY ROBERSON

Stevie

RON MATHEWS

Dr. Benson

ERIC STONESTREET

Laurent

HAMILTON VON WATTS

Jeff

DANA GOULD

Dr. Perfect

CHAD LINDSEY

Asteroid Actor

GREG WHITNEY

Speci-mercial Director

DENNIS HENSLEY

Brad

SAM PANCAKE

Young Stevie

JAMIE MALONE

Young Varla

LURIE POSTEN

Michael

MIKE STOYANOV

Nurse

JAY FUENTES

Burn Victim

RICH AHREN

Diner Waiter

MARK CIRILLO

Receptionist

KRIS ANDERRSON

Guy on Street

EDWARD TUNNEY

Student

CLIFF CURRY

Priest

NATHAN LePAGE

Clown

MICHAEL WARWICK

Waitress

CHRIS ISAACSON

Whore at Restaurant

JUST JAN

John at Restaurant

RICHARD DAY

John in Alley

SIR TONY

Mort

MORT KESSLER

Mover

AARON EMMETT

Announcer Voices

PAT TOWNE

Magazine Cover Cher

GINGER SNAPS

Magazine Cover Madonna

RAPHAEL LOUIS MARINO

Poppy

SAMMY

Nipsy

CHESTER

Chester

ROSCOE

Crew

First Assistant Director JENNIFER LAI
Second Assistant Director MATTHEW OSBURN
Script Supervisor TRACY LYNN SCOTT

 

 

 

 

Video and Sound Mixer DAN ZIMBALDI
Camera Assistant DAVID MARKS
Audio/Video Technician DAVID KITZ
Gaffer EDWARD TUNNEY
Boom Operator ROBERT BACKUS
Key Grips BUCK ROGERS
BOB GOOD
JODY HUTCHINS
Best Boy JOHN RUTTER

 

 

 

 

Art Directors GABRIELLE NIETO
BRANDI HUGO
Property Master STEPHANIE ROBINSON
Set Painter EBLIN SIFUENTES
Art Department PA MIKE GUIMARY
Artwork Provided by GALLERY Z

 

 

 

 

Key Make-up and Hair ADAM CHRISTOPHER
SIR TONY
Special Effects Make-up SERGIO PICASSO
KEN NIEDERBAUMER
Prosthetics JEFFERY COLBERT

Additional Make-Up Artist

KARI SLOBOM

 

 

Evie's Wardrobe Consultant BRANDT HUSEBY
Evieís Wig Cap PERI SOREL
Coco's Wardrobe GREGG COOK
CHRIS NEWLANDER
KAT THOMPSON
RENEE BARDOT
Varlaís Wardrobe PHILIP HECKMAN
RAMONA PONCE
Varlaís Wigs GERARD KELLY
STANLEY TINES
Set Costumer STACY STAGNARO

 

 

 

 

Production Consultant ANDREW COLON
Key Production Assistant CHRIS BUNKER

 

 

Production Assistants,
Interns, and Painters
PETER BINNINGS
JEN BURKLEY
MARCO CORREA
NATALIA HENDERSON
JEREMY HILT
BRAD JIMINEZ
ISAAC KLOTZ
DAVID KOLODNY-NAGY
ROB NOWICK

 

 

 

 

Still Photographer JILLIAN McALLEY

Evie Photos by 

BILL SANTORO 

Graphic Artist

CLIFF CURRY

 

 

 

 

HD Camera Equipment ELLIOT PORTER, BIG ZIG VIDEO
Location Representative ARMANDO BOQUIREN, EIDC
Insurance DICK BARRY, MIB, INC.
SAG Representative KAREN BORELL
Studio Teacher JAN CITRON
Set Rentals OMEGA CINEMA PROPS
Flat Rentals Bill at COMPANY, INC
Walkie Rentals ANYTIME
   

 

 

Background Casting ALL LOCATIONS CASTING
UNLIMITED CASTING, INC.
Extras Wrangler ALISHA SPIVAK

 

 

 

 

Production Business Manager MORT KESSLER
Production Accountant BETH GOTHRICK
   
   
Craft Service ILONA SZABO

 

FLERI VELASQUEZ

 

 

 

 


SUZANNE W. ZADASpecial Thanks to

MARC WARE & BOB NUNES
MARIA SEMPLE
MELISSA PAPP GREEN

MARC ALLEN
THE SILVER SPOON RESTAURANT

 

 MUSIC

ìGirls Will Be Girlsî
ìI Need Youî
ìLook at Meî
ìDream Loverî
Music and Lyrics by Steve Edwards
Performances by
Jack Plotnick, Clinton Leupp, & Jeffery Roberson
Courtesy Sixfeetfive Music
Mixed by Steve Shepherd at Extreme Mixing Studios

 ìWork Me to the Boneî
Music by Dewayne Satterfield
Published by Source in Sync Music
Provided by 5 Alarm Music

 ìChampionship Banner Logoî
ìFigaro Flourishî
ìPixie Dust Announcementî
Composed by Hiram Bronklestein
Published by Source in Sync Music
Provided by 5 Alarm Music

 ìYou Cast an Elevatorî
ìKennies Penniesî
Composed by Homer Greencastle
Published by Source in Sync Music
Provided by 5 Alarm Music

 ìFlying Highî
ìFighting Rapî
ìChance on Loveî
Music and Lyrics by Danny Camaro
Published by Source in Sync Music
Provided by 5 Alarm Music

 ìPiz Staccatoî
ìFlowing Watersî
ìMonster Mayhemî
ìUltimate Hollywoodî
ìPiano Wavesî
ìA Touch of Heartî
ìOboe Soliloquyî
Performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic
Music by Steven James Edwards
Published by Source in Sync Music
Provided by 5 Alarm Music

Filmed Entirely in
LOS ANGELES, CA USA

Cameras by
SONY

Lenses by
FUJI

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ALL RIGHTS RESERVED USED UNDER AUTHORIZATION

NO ANIMALS OR WOMEN WERE INJURED IN THE MAKING OF THIS FILM

THE PERSONS AND EVENTS IN THIS FILM ARE FICTITIOUS. ANY SIMILARITY TO ACTUAL PERSONS OR EVENTS IS UNINTENTIONAL. THIS MOTION PICTURE IS PROTECTED UNDER THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER COUNTRIES. ANY UNAUTHORIZED EXHIBITION, DISTRIBUTION OR REPRODUCTION OF THE MOTION PICTURE OR VIDEO TAPE OR ANY PART THEREOF INCLUDING THE SOUNDTRACK MAY RESULT IN SEVERE CIVIL AND CRIMINAL PENALTIES.

AN SRO PICTURES PRODUCTION

2003

 
 

Crew

Producer MICHAEL WARWICK

Artwork / Design

NEW WAVE ENTERTAINMENT

Layout

JACOB ELLIS

Photographs

JILLIAN McALLEY

 

From imdb.com:

A campy and catty blend of melodrama and comedy


Author: johnnysugar from Minneapolis, MN
15 December 2003

Like the love child of "Absolutely Fabulous" and every novel Jacqueline Susann's ever written, "Girls Will Be Girls" is an 80-minute festival of campy trash, hilarious one-liners, and bitchy, catty women. The only catch this time is that the women are all played by men.

Evie (Jack Plotnick) is a washed-up B-movie actress who is decidedly not aging gracefully. She lives with Coco (Clinton Leupp), her more grounded friend who functions mainly as Evie's maid and abuse magnet. Into their lives walks their new roommate Varla (Jeffery Roberson), an aspiring starlet whose late mother Marla (also Roberson in flashbacks) was also Evie's most hated acting rival. All of them have dreams, of course. Evie's dreams involve drinking as many martinis as she can and then having plenty of sex with anyone available. Coco still pines for the hunky abortion doctor that operated on her many years ago. Varla hopes to become the actress that her mother couldn't while dealing with the advances of Evie's gorgeous but microscopically-endowed son Stevie (Ron Mathews). Of course, there are hidden motives galore, and more than one mean-spirited one-liner.

The gimmick of this film, that all the women are played by men, is never as overstated as you may think. After all, the characters are all female, and they are treated in the story as if they are female. It's only slightly different than young boys performing the female roles in Shakespeare's plays. The camp value of the movie focuses not on the drag spectacle, but on the unrelenting melodrama and silliness of the plot, taking the elements of ridiculous films like "Valley Of The Dolls" and upping them to a level so ludicrous, they can only be considered comedy. That the framework of the film makes all of these developments seem perfectly natural and realistic is a credit to director and writer Richard Day.

The actors are all quite game and in on the absurdity of their surroundings. Plotnick is quite humorous, dropping the most mean-spirited one-liners you'll ever laugh at, and the clips of Evie performing in the 60's stinker "Asteroid" resemble nothing less than Morgan Fairchild on quaaludes. Leupp reprises the role of Coco from his scene-stealing moments in the movie "Trick", and he imbues the character both with a humorous sense of bad luck and an immediately sympathetic personality. Roberson is not quite as spectacular as his co-stars, but he gives the naive, trusting Varla a great heart and a hilarious scene involving opera and cheese in a can. Even Mathews is great, all melodramatic soap hunk and hair product. Noticed that a number of tight fitting Batman Tees get a lot of attention - wondering if there was a placement fee involved since there is no real reason for them. Coco does reference both Robin and The Joker in a couple of stale jokes, but the context makes them hilarious.

While the movie receives high marks for style, including efficient and effective set design and a very nice score, it's a very loud movie in the sense that every scene is turned up to 11. While this works most of the time, even at the film's short running time, it tends to strain. The ending veers sharply away from comedy into deep melodramatic territory, and even though it is diffused quite handily, the film almost drowns in TV-movie-of-the-week sap before the mood lightens again. Also, some may find the hostile attitudes of some of the characters, mainly Evie and to a degree Coco, to be too off-putting for comfort. Evie, especially, is one of the most unsympathetic characters you'll meet in a film this year.

Regardless, the film is hilarious and immensely entertaining. A high recommendation for anyone who likes divas, camp, or catty fun. And don't forget to bring the cheese. 8 out of 10.

 

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