Variety NR

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(33) IMDb 4.5/10

Christine (Sandy McLeod) takes a job selling tickets at a porno theater near Times Square. Instead of distancing herself from the dark and erotic nature of this milieu, she develops an obsession that begins to consume her life. Few films deal honestly with a female sexual pointof-view, controversial and highly personal, VARIETY does just this.

Starring:
Sandy McLeod, Will Patton
Runtime:
1 hour 41 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Bette Gordon
Starring Sandy McLeod, Will Patton
Supporting actors Richard Davidson, Luis Guzmán, Nan Goldin, Lee R. Tucker, Peter Rizzo, Mark Boone Junior, Suzanne Fletcher, Peyton Green, Cookie Mueller, Norma Angelica Rodriguez, Sally Rodwell, Nancy Reilly, Scotty Snyder, Spalding Gray, Usharbudh Arya
Studio Kino International
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Slow paced and boring.
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I just don't have enough negative adjectives to describe this movie.
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I am re-evaluating or friendship.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dean Monti on October 13, 2010
Format: DVD
This is the second film I watched this week that was mis-marketed with a misguiding box cover and press. Variety is neither a "a Daring Departure Into the Dark, Obsessional World of Female Fantasy," nor is it a"sexually-charged tale" in the sense one thinks of sexually-charged tales. It's intent is not to titillate.

It's a character study and a very interesting one. I see parallels here to Taxi Driver; a depiction of urban (NYC) alienation and isolation and an individual's reaction to their environment. Here the character is turning to sex instead of violence. Which is to say Variety is not a sexually charged tale, in the same way Taxi Driver is not an action movie.

It's cerebral, character-driven, meditatively paced. It's not Scorcese ...but ... it's not boring.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Paul on March 5, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
A must for anyone who loves avant-garde author Kathy Acker since she wrote the script. The book centres on the world of pornography and draws an interesting feminist critique. Many film critiques deal with the "male gaze" but this film centres on the "female gaze": the protagonist's objectification of the men who are objectifying her by their pornographic interests. A long, slow meditation this film inverts male-female power structures and gives one a non-sensationalized look of the hegemonic male world of pornography. The film does aptly well for having been shot on a shoe-string budget, and the soundtrack is by the same guy that did Jarmucsh's "Down By Law."
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26 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Joseph L. Kolb on December 8, 2008
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the cover shows sandy mcleod in a nice leather outfit. that's about a 10 second clip in the movie. this thing is dreadful. it is not a sexually charged tale as stated in the synopsis. there is no nudity, no sex, and nothing close to either. it's about a woman who works as a ticket taker at an adult movie theater. she accepts her job and that's about it. again, the synopsis is not even close when it says she is gets obsessed with pornography. she basically stalks a date that stood her up. and that's it. if this movie is suppose to be an independent film about feminism, then this movie has pushed feminism back 50 years. the dialogue is dull and the filming is flat. rent this if you must, but i caution you about spending hard-earned money on a copy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. E. Griffin on March 4, 2013
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Slow beginning....even slower climax...so glad this was free because I would've requested a refund if it wasn't!!!!! Slow tired and boring!!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William A. Mccane on March 4, 2013
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Watched very little of this. Just did not like it. Glad I am a prime member so I did not pay for it
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JEFFREY WILLIAMS on February 28, 2013
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Don't waste your time. I just don't have enough negative adjectives to describe this movie. Bad acting, no script or plot
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Fuller on March 11, 2013
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After about ten mins in I was distracted by something far more interesting going on on youtube. Seriously the only reason I pushed pause on the latest Harlem Shake video was hearing Susan's monotone voice describe scenes from porno's that sound way more fascinating than what was going on in the movie. Her slow, listless descriptions were really creepy, but even creepier was the way her (boyfriend?) male friend would sit there silently listening to her. Not very good at whatever this movie was trying to do, it wasn't a descent into an obsession with the seedy world of 80's porn industry, it wasn't an exposé on corruption, it wasn't a woman's exploration of whatever chicks are supposed to be exploring. It just wasn't much of anything beside background noise. Glad I have Prime so I didn't have to pay for it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tiny Bubbles on March 7, 2013
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I started to watch this and the more I got into it the more it put me to sleep, wiped it off and called it quits
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