GO GO CRAZY is content to offer up nothing more than an idea that sounds like it could be sort-of fun (a mockumentary about a meager, would-be dance competition in a seedy Philadelphia gay bar) and then gives us exactly that with barely a trace of talent (in front of or behind the camera), little genuine humor or even a dash of pizzazz.
Fred M. Caruso (shown at right, of The Big Gay Musical fame), the movie is so bad that my companion beat a hasty retreat after maybe 10-15 minutes, muttering "This is awful!" Feeling duty-bound to sit through the whole thing, as I'd been sent a free DVD to watch, I also hoped the film would get better. It didn't. The big problem here is simply that everything we see and hear seems third-hand: the whole idea, the characterizations, dialog, situations and jokes. If you haven't seen and heard all this sort of thing before, a number of times, then you're probably very young. Or very forgetful. Or maybe just very forgiving.
Michael Cusumano (above) and the very good impersonations and singing voice of Christina Bianco (below, an alumnus of the terrific Forbidden Broadway).
Hedda Lettuce, limned by Steven Polito, below, about whom I have heard a good deal over the years and have actually seen a few times, though not at the great length shown here. Which proves too much of a bad thing. Ms Lettuce mistakes nastiness and a foul mood for humor. While these can sometimes align, in Go Go Crazy, we get much of the former and little of the latter.
Breaking Glass Pictures and running 84 minutes, is available now on DVD.
Jean-Luc Bideau); various couplings, like the one below, that speed the plot along, defy logic and coincidence but are nonetheless very pointed and funny; and situations that show us quietly and sweetly how important family -- all kinds and extensions of it -- really is.
Amira Casar (below, left), Clément Sibony (center) and Jean-François Stévenin (right).
Zeitgeist Films, a company that usually offers more serious fare) opens this Friday, January 11, in New York City at the Quad Cinema, and on January 18 in the Los Angeles area at various Laemmle theaters. Click here to see all currently scheduled playdates across the country.