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The Agony of Being a Hooker
on December 12, 2011
This film should be retitled "The Agony Of Being A Hooker". This film takes it's message and theme very seriously. From beginning to end the script, the acting and the soundtrack all pound the point home about how unhappy everyone is to be a hooker.
The film begins with Erica (Josi Hunter) crying in her bed about how bad her life sucks, and I'm not sure I saw her smile for the rest of the film. Then we get to watch a series of fairly hot scenes of her living out her profession as a dancer, a lapdancer, and a hooker, in which she consistenly looks miserable and unhappy. (Apparently she serves a niche market of men for whom women who hate sex are a fetish. Who knew?) The scenes are good and well shot, but the repeated closeups of Erica-in-anguish get pretty old. Later, another dancer does a little side work, but she too looks unhappy throughout her scene.
The jazzy soundtrack features jumping hits like "She's A Victim Of The Night", and other less memorable titles by the same unknown band, ensuring we know that being a hooker sucks but it's not her fault.
On the plus side, the full-length scenes of the stage performances are pretty good (other than the downer music), and whatever club they are at clearly allows the full Monty. The highlight of the film for me was a fairly romantic and erotic scene between Jo (Amy Lindsay, billed as Lynsey Ames) and the club's owner. Sadly, this is the only intimate scene involving Ms. Lindsay in the movie.
The plot has holes you can drive a truck through, even if it is a bit more coherent than other movies of this type. It's never explained why the parents that drove Erica to a life of dancing and prostitution have custody of her daughter, and Erica is living pretty posh for supposedly scraping by (and obviously had the money for recent implants, as evidenced in several scenes that Ms. Hunter appears in. Makeup, please?). The ending is trite and difficult to believe. Also never explained is how Erica has managed to avoid the normal self-destructive routes of alcohol and drugs in her descent into misery, but maybe I'm thinking about it too much. Which is basically the problem with this film...I found my mind wandering around the set while the cast was still working, because who wants to watch someone being miserable?
Two stars for a good try, but really bad acting and a hamfisted message delivery hold it back. If she would just have smiled now and then I'd might have given another star...