Bitch Slap Movie Review
by Earl Brown
Mix three bad girls, one desert, a ruthless crime lord, 1,473 exotic weapons, $206 million in stolen diamonds and more cleavage than you can shake a stick at, and you'll get Bitch Slap - a rip-roaring, sexy mashup of the audacious sexploitation films of the sixties and seventies. Like Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! injected with a lethal cocktail of estrogen, pheromones and steroids, Bitch Slap hits hard with machine-gun battles, corny jokes, knock-'em-out fisticuffs and even a refreshing slow-motion water fight. When three busty babes arrive at a desert hideaway to steal over $200 million from a ruthless underworld kingpin, things quickly spiral out of control. Hel (Erin Cummings), the caper's mastermind, is a corporate bombshell with a taste for vengeance. Trixie (Julia Voth) is the bait, a gorgeous stripper with a heart of gold and a dress to match, irresistible to men and women alike. Camero (Ameríca Olivo) is the drug-running, man-hating psycho killer who trusts nobody but herself. Allegiances are switched, truths are revealed, criminals are unmasked (and undressed) and nothing is quite what it seems as the fate of the world is precariously balanced among this trio of smouldering, sexy femmes fatales.
Bitch Slap knows never to take itself too seriously. Thanks to its tongue-in-cheek script, the film flips tired sexual stereotypes and clichés. Director Rick Jacobson wrote and produced this latest feature with partner Eric Gruendemann, with whom he first worked on the cult TV sensations Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The three strong-willed leads are also to be credited for Bitch Slap's wild thrills. They were put through their paces by action director Zoe Bell, Uma Thurman's stunt double for Kill Bill, who starred in Death Proof and can be seen at this year's Festival as a roller-derby hellcat in Drew Barrymore's Whip It.
The cast tossed aside any prim, ladylike mannerisms for a tough rumble in the dirt, and it's clear they're having a grand time whooping it up in this femme-tastic fight fantasy. Bitch Slap is full of clever nods to the down-and-dirty sexploitation classics, but these saucy minxes are no copycats - they're prepared to grab the old genre by the balls, drag it, kick it, crush it and mix it all up.
I saw BitchSlap at the second showing at the Toronto Film Festival. It is
extreme at at least in language, anyone with sensitive ears should avoid this
one. It is action action action, high volume and beautiful to look at, the girls
were nice to.
In Ontario it was rated (14A) Persons younger than 14 years must be accompanied by an adult.
We missed a lot of visual quality watching Renee's Movie (we loved it anyway) at the con because of the media we were watching it on but with that new camera that they were using in her movie and this one the colour and detail was just amazing to see on screen, it was just vivid jump in your face colour and detail.
There was a lot of skin on screen but nothing you wouldn't see at the beach. The violence was graphic at times and there was a lot of chic fights. Zoe had a lot of work in this one, the fighting was very well done.
I also learned a lot of new words for personal body parts that I hadn't heard used in that context and how these body parts could be used sepertatly and together in a pleasing or paid for act. Those descriptions were meant as insults and were hurled around quite a bit, especially in the first half.
Renee and Lucy's parts were small and we've seen about 70% of them already, in bits and pieces, just not in sequence.
I really liked this movie and will buy it when it comes out, hopefully in BluRay.