Girls Will Be Girls (film)
|Girls Will Be Girls|
Girls Will Be Girls film poster
|Directed by||Richard Day|
|Written by||Richard Day|
|Music by||Stephen Edwards|
|Edited by||Chris Conlee|
|Distributed by||IFC Films|
Girls Will Be Girls is a 2003 comedy film written and directed by Richard Day. Starring Jack Plotnick, Clinton Leupp and Jeffery Roberson as three actresses at various places in their careers, the film is a parody of Hollywood-related movies like Sunset Boulevard, All About Eve, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Mommie Dearest and Valley of the Dolls.
Evie Harris (Jack Plotnick) is a washed-up, alcoholic, aging C-List actress (star of kinescope, stage, television, and film in such works as the TV special Christmas Evie, vaudeville-era appearances promoting 'Dr. Vim's Miracle Elixir,' Court TV: Celebrities Who Kill, Tabitha and the sad 1970s disaster epic Asteroid [tagline: 'Earth Might Get Crushed!']). She lives in a tackily out-of-style bungalow with Coco (Clinton Leupp), a homely, lonely, doormat of a spinster who carries a torch for the handsome young doctor who performed her abortion years ago.
Evie's life is turned upside-down by the arrival of a new roommate, Varla Simonds (Jeffery Roberson), the voracious, starry-eyed daughter of Evie's rival, late actress Marla Simonds (whose claims to fame included playing Chesty on Fill Her Up, the short-lived but widely acclaimed spinoff of C.P.O. Sharkey, and almost being cast as the lead in "Asteroid" before Evie captured that "breakout" role). Evie acts very competitive around Varla, especially as she recognizes the growing chemistry between the young up-and-comer and her sweet, handsome and microscopically endowed son and "ambulance chasing" lawyer, Stevie (Ron Mathews). When Varla snags a plum starring role in commercials for "Bizzy Gal dinners," tensions and jealousies amongst the three women reach a boiling point and treachery soon rears its ugly head.
- Jack Plotnick as Evie Harris
- Clinton Leupp as Coco Peru
- Jeffery Roberson as Varla Simonds/Marla Simonds
- Ron Mathews as Stevie Harris
- Eric Stonestreet as Dr. Benson
- Hamilton von Watts as Laurent
- Dana Gould as Jeff
- Chad Lindsey as Dr. Perfect
- Sam Pancake as Brad
In a 2008 interview, Leupp said that the origin of the film was a drag event benefit co-hosted by Plotnick and himself. Leupp noted, "we were such a hit that everyone said we should do something else together. Out of that we created Girls Will Be Girls. We decided we needed that third person — the formula is Varla makes Evie crazy, Evie starts acting out and ends up hurting Coco." He went on to say that Day had originally written the movie as a situation comedy for Showtime, but the network had passed on it at the last minute, so it was made as a film "hoping that the new gay networks would be interested."
Awards and nominations
Girls Will Be Girls was released on Region 1 DVD on March 16, 2004.
The first official episode of the internet shorts, "The Jizz Party" premiered on December 21, 2007. The series continues the story of the three women after the events of the film. Coco has divorced her husband and moved back in with Evie, and is going through life as a single mother. Early in the series, Varla is experiencing a backlash of fame: she is being stalked by someone she considers undesirable.
- The Jizz Party (December 21, 2007) – featuring Jay Johnston as Bill
- Delivering Coco Part I (February 5, 2008) – featuring Scott Thompson as Coco's mother
- Delivering Coco Part II (March 14, 2008) – featuring Scott Thompson as Coco's mother
- Girl Stalk, Part I (March 27, 2008)
- Girl Stalk, Part II (June 2, 2008) – noted as being the season finale
"Girl Stalk" was re-edited and featured on YouTube in 6 smaller parts; however, there is no additional content.
- "Sundance Archives: 2003 Film Festival – Girls Will Be Girls". Sundance.org. Sundance Film Festival. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
- Nesti, Robert (August 19, 2008). "Undaunted Coco Peru Comes To Ptown". Edge Boston. Retrieved December 28, 2013.
- "Girls Will Be Girls 2012 - a sequel to the cult film". Kickstarter.
- "Girls Will Be Girls 3012". gwbg2.tumblr.com.
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