“Admit it — you’re a chauvinist! You hate the idea that my career is just as important as yours.”
An aspiring actress (Carol Drake) working as a waitress at a hectic restaurant owned by her boyfriend (Jim Harris) will stop at nothing to convince a producer (Ed Fenton) to cast her as Joan of Arc; meanwhile, her naive co-worker (Carol Bevar) — an aspiring journalist — does “research” for a story on how to catch a man, while a young new colleague (Renata Hickey) resents being put to work by her wealthy father.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Feminism and Women’s Issues
Troma Studios is an independent production and distribution company whose B-films are “known for their surrealistic … nature, along with their use of shocking imagery”. The company’s most beloved cult hit is The Toxic Avenger (1985), but they’ve released quite a few other titles over the decades, including this excruciatingly unfunny “comedy” centering on the travails of three sexy waitresses. Purportedly written with a feminist sensibility in mind — two of the three women have bigger career goals, and must fight off either sexual aggression or unwanted male enabling — the movie is really little more than a trashy low-budget exploitation flick. To its credit, no matter how consistently awful the script is, it’s never exactly boring; the pace is truly relentless, and there’s always something going on in some corner of the screen to catch one’s attention (i.e., two bystanders using cables to jump-start a man who’s just had a heart attack on the street). But the humor throughout is far too low-brow to appeal to most film fanatics.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- A relentlessly zany sensibility
No; skip this one.