Women in Revolt (1971)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Satire, Absurd Comedy, Trash Film, Feminist Film  |   Run Time - 97 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Brian J. Dillard

As shrill and one-dimensional as the militant feminism it purports to satirize, this drag extravaganza would have made a far better short than it does a full-length movie. Candy Darling, Holly Woodlawn, and Jackie Curtis all give good va-va-voom, but their visual appeal quickly wanes after endless plodding scenes of faux-political kvetching. All of the Andy Warhol/Paul Morrissey hallmarks are there: the trash-pop aesthetic, the unglamorous male nudity, and the yakety-yak dialogue. There's just far too much of everything -- and not enough plot. Every potentially funny (or, less frequently, pointed) idea or scenario gets padded out into eternity, which is exactly how long the viewing experience seems to take. Women in Revolt may talk like a feature, but it rarely walks like one. It's as much a dull formal exercise as any of Warhol's earlier non-narrative experiments.