Fag Hag (1998)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Gay & Lesbian Films, Religious Comedy  |   Run Time - 73 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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This ultra-low-budget camp-fest aspires to John Waters levels of audaciousness, but its stoner humor proves closer to Cecil B. Demented than Pink Flamingos. That said, Fag Hag is worth a chuckle or three. Director/co-star Damion Dietz overcomes nonexistent production values with clever-stupid dialogue, deadpan running gags, and a deliberately awful production number or two. Stephanie Orff, who would collaborate with Dietz on several additional pictures, gives a winning performance as a talent- and beauty-impaired pageant contestant with over-the-rainbow dreams. Dietz himself manages a credible Keanu Reeves impression as a perpetually dazed gay drifter with a knack for meeting sociopathic closet cases. The only cast member with mainstream name recognition is Wil Wheaton, who clearly relishes the opportunity to go way over the top as the owner of a Christian bookstore/nail emporium. It's a safe bet that viewers who find Fag Hag itself mildly amusing will absolutely love the DVD commentary track, in which Orff and Dietz dish about the perils of making a movie on a shoestring.