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This parody of early-70s nudie exploitation features is a real tour de force for Anna Biller, who starred, wrote, directed, edited, animated one sequence, and designed the wildly colorful sets and costumes. She plays Barbi Smith, a naive Los Angeles housewife who takes up a career in modeling and later, accompanied by her likewise married pal (Bridget Brno), launches a secret career as a prostitute. A camp exercise with deliberately wooden line readings, forced double entendres, and gales of obnoxious laughter, the movie wears out its welcome long before it meanders to a close at 121 minutes. But as a kinky costume party it's watchable, if only for the smutty sex scenes and Biller's bold pop-art decor.


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