There’s good fun to be had in bad taste

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE - FILM BRIGIT GRANT

A(12A) DMITTING TO one’s en­joy­ment of a bad­taste movie can be as risky as re­veal­ing one’s po­lit­i­cal al­le­giance (un­less it’s to the far­left). Peo­ple judge you on your taste and I thought about that as I was watch­ing Ad­dicted to Fresno, Jamie Bab­bit’s film of Karey Dor­netto’s script about two sis­ters (one of whom is a sex ad­dict in re­cov­ery and re­laps­ing hugely) — cov­er­ing up an ac­ci­den­tal mur­der by dis­pos­ing of the body at a pet ceme­tery. Doesn’t sound too bad or too risky, does it, when you con­sider what the cast of the Hang­over fran­chise got up to on their trav­els? Add to this the rob­bery of an adults-only toy store, the per­for­mance of a four-let­ter hip-hop Holo­caust rap at a bar­mitz­vah and flip­pant al­le­ga­tions of rape and you might start to ques­tion whether this is your kind of film, par­tic­u­larly as the pro­tag­o­nists are women — and that for me is the rub.

Blokes can do all sorts of crass, dis­gust­ing things on screen and film crit­ics, who are al­most all male, have no prob­lem with it. But when the girls are call­ing the seedy shots…The girls in this case make up one of the best fe­male casts I’ve seen all year, which is ironic in the week that Suf­fragette is re­leased.

Des­tined to for ever be the co-star, Ar­rested De­vel­op­ment’s Judy Greer fi­nally gets cen­tre stage as ir­re­spon­si­ble, lust-ad­dict Shan­non who in­ad­ver­tently makes life hell for her gay sis­ter Martha, played by Jewish ac­tress Natasha Ly­onne from TV’s Or­ange is the New Black (both pic­tured left).

To­gether they rip up the screen with their ban­ter as two ho­tel maids in Fresno, which looks like the bit of Cal­i­for­nia you don’t need to visit; and then when Shan­non kills one of the guests dur­ing sex, they re­sort to some crazy an­tics out of ne­ces­sity. Funny and oc­ca­sion­ally touch­ing, the film bounces along — and if you judge me for en­joy­ing it, so be it.

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