The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls 2011 NR CC

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You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll yodel. New Zealand's favorite yodeling twin sisters and cultural icons take you on a journey of social change through music and comedy.

Starring:
Jools Topp, Paul Horan
Runtime:
1 hour 25 minutes

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The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

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Genres Music, Documentary, Comedy
Director Leanne Pooley
Starring Jools Topp, Paul Horan
Supporting actors Jean Topp, Peter Topp, Bruce Topp, Don McGlashan, Billy Bragg, John Clarke, Nancy Kiel, Charmaine Pountney, Mereana Pitman, Helen Clark, Donna Luxton, Mary Massara, Greg Fahey, Clare Hillier, Rosie Horton, Mark Trevorrow, Lynda Topp
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Their love of life and the changes and challenges it presents are inspirational.
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The film tells a world-wide wonderful story of inspiration, of music, of laughter, of activism, of politic and of course... of incredible yodeling.
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Untouchable Girls, titled after the Topp Twins' song of the same name, has won more than 20 Best Documentary awards.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stacy Harris on November 7, 2011
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Leanne Pooley's 2009 award-winning documentary about New Zealand's Jools and Lynda Topp, billed as the world's only yodeling, country-singing, twin lesbian comediennes (though they prefer to be known as singers who are funny), has just been released on DVD.

The documentary profiles the Taurean twin sisters (born May 14, 1958 in Huntly, located in the Waikato region of the North Island of New Zealand); real cowgirls, who grew up singing to the cows on the family's dairy farm near Huntly.

Patriots with particular political passion for social justice and nuclear disarmament, Lynda and Jools left home at 17 to join New Zealand's rough equivalent of the United States' erstwhile Women's Army Corp. Reflecting on their New Zealand military service "before it was integrated," Lynda describes the three-month training experience as "sort of like a pajama party with guns."

Natural-born entertainers, the twins' harmony singing and comedic bent resulted in their developing a cast of characters including Camp Mother & Camp Leader, Raylene & Brenda, and the cross-dressing Ken and Ken. But the sisters don't flaunt their sexuality so much as embrace it and, as a result, they have a worldwide, mainstream appeal.

As Comedy Writer Paul Horan says of the Topp Twins, "On paper they should not work. On paper they should be commercial death. But they totally deliver to the audience time and time again."

In their native country, the Topps have used humor to both make a point and defuse controversy when they assert their penchant for activism. Such was the case when the twins dealt with their government's position on gay rights: "The law had said it was illegal for consenting adult males to engage in sex. But it was an injustice. We felt like it was an injustice.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Compusurge on September 26, 2011
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There is something about Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls that is bigger than you think. Maybe even bigger that it ought to be... but bigger nonetheless. There is something grand about this film, and there is something magical about Jools and Lynda Topp and the lifelong career they assembled.

From a comedy perspective, there are scenes in the film that will leave you laughing on the floor...(sheep coloring? doggie doos?)... and that's great! But Jools and Lynda Topp are undeniable characters that rival anything you might have seen in vaudeville, anything you may have experienced in political activism, anything you might have seen at the local music house and then some. Jools and Lynda Topp are country...Jools and Lynda Topp are rock & roll. Jools and Lynda Topp are comics and characters. Jools and Lynda Topp are open lesbians and Jools and Lynda Topp marched to a drumbeat they developed... and the fans followed from down under to the U.K to the U.S.A. "Untouchable Girls" captures all of their multiple layers, and their layers were not simple personas that they put on like masks for the sake of the show, but layers that these sisters lived by and allowed their audiences to see vividly.

If the Topp Twins were American, Untouchable Girls would be an American story of living your dream and finding success. Oddly, despite the accents, and despite the New Zealand locale, when you watch Untouchable Girls you feel America all over it even though it's not there but for a glimpse. The film tells a world-wide wonderful story of inspiration, of music, of laughter, of activism, of politic and of course... of incredible yodeling.

Jools and Lynda Topp had natural guts, and this film does, too. I loved it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mj Fleck on November 14, 2011
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I love the Topps Twins. However it is often hard to get stuff in the US by them since they are out of New Zealand.
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I enjoy this documentary because it so much runs parallel to my own life, but much more fun. I watched it with my granddaughters.
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By Jane M. Scott on April 28, 2014
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This is such a "feel good" video! Great music, great story . . . amazing women. I ordered extra copies to send to my daughters and give as gifts. Everyone loved it!
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By Editor Reviewer on December 27, 2013
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This is one of my favorite films to show students when I teach Lesbian Texts. Even hard-edge urban students come to love the Topp Twins. It's a must-see.
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By stepho on August 3, 2013
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What a delightful show. I had never heard of the Topp Twins, but now that I've seen them, I want everyone to know about them. These farm raised lesbian twins, born in 1958, have made a grand life out of having fun. They are unabashedly silly, unexpectedly talented free spirits, who's voices blend "like one voice in stereo". One wouldn't think that 2 lesbian twin political goofy gals would win over a country, but they are clearly as beloved to New Zealand as Elton John is to England. I just ordered their TV series and can't wait to see more of them!
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I enjoyed learning about these two women very much. They are extremely funny and in touch with their audience. What they champion happen to be similar beliefs as mine so that makes them all the more likeable. Their actions reflect their commitments and they don't participate in movements because they think it is good for their career but because they truly believe. Their love of life and people shines through in this documentary. Their story will make you laugh, cry and rejoice. Their love of life and the changes and challenges it presents are inspirational. Not only is this informative but entertaining as well. Highly recommended and a documentary you can watch several times and still enjoy.
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