Movie: First Period
My Rating: 3 stars
This is a really fun movie. It’s a spoof of those generic, 80s era, dramedies about high school misfits trying to curry favor with the cool kids. And, this one adds a new twist to the mix by prominently featuring gay themes. The two protagonists in the story, Cassie and Maggie, are played by a pair of outrageous and vivacious, cross-dressing men—Brandon Alexander III and Dudley Beene. And, I have to say, they really do capture the essence of awkward, insecure (yet strangely confident) high school girls pretty well. I think it’s their characters’ cluelessness that breeds this confidence to just go for their dreams. And, the script also pokes some fun at the kind of latent, sexual tension that sometimes exists between, cool, macho, football player types, that they are never socially allowed to acknowledge. This kind of guy dates the popular, beautiful, bitchy girls because that’s what’s expected of him. But, in his heart all he really wants is to just make out with his “bros.”
This description might make it sound like the film is pushing a pretty heavy social agenda. But, the story really doesn’t take itself too seriously. The tone of the movie is very light and fun. And, it actually features a hilariously dark sense of humor. I like it when comedy is particularly raw and cutting. And, the best part is that no subject is too sacred to make fun of here—women’s bodies, sexual politics, social hierarchies, feminism, responsible parenting, substance abuse—you name it. And, Cassie and Maggie are there to focus their fabulously critical eyes on each one of these things –all while rocking their hot pink, leopard-print leggings and enough makeup to spackle a house. And, I can’t emphasize enough how adorable these two actors are as high school girls. They’re just precious. They’re so unapologetic about their tastes, and bodies, and desires—and so brazen! The girls’ wardrobes in particular are pretty spectacular.
This movie is silly, sexy and funny. But, it’s definitely not for anyone who is easily offended by any kind of raunchiness. Because, this movie gets pretty lewd. But, who likes that kind of pearl-clutching scold anyway? Certainly not me. I’ve always been a fan of silly, rude humor. And, the movie is all in good fun. I’d recommend it if you’re in the mood for something light, fluffy, and gay-friendly. Heck—gay affirming!