A rollicking, trashy and frequently quite clever ode to the eternal search for validation and self-esteem by ordinary people with no discernible talent, "Fag Hag" strikes and mostly sustains a vintage John Waters tone and grafts on a few musical ditties nearly worthy of Trey Parker. No-budget item boasts a gay sensibility the way an erupting volcano boasts molten lava.

A rollicking, trashy and frequently quite clever ode to the eternal search for validation and self-esteem by ordinary people with no discernible talent, “Fag Hag” strikes and mostly sustains a vintage John Waters tone and grafts on a few musical ditties nearly worthy of Trey Parker. No-budget item boasts a gay sensibility the way an erupting volcano boasts molten lava. With its bargain-basement tech credits and penthouse perfs, this campy ultra-indie’s gay fest, midnight and campus career looks bright.

Baton-twirling goody-goody Destiny Rutt (Stephanie Orff), one of six contestants in the Miss Hope Springs pageant, meets Scott Bushy (scripter-helmer-songwriter Damion Dietz), a confidently gay man who leaves his job shilling for the Christian Bookstore & Nail Salon to support Destiny in her pageant preparations — with time off for quickies with allegedly straight locals. Destiny considers doing “the scoliosis monologue” from “Looking for Mr. Goodbar” as her talent demo but demurs when Scott assures her that her spot-on Diane Keaton impression is “a big downer.” Will Destiny triumph? Is there a place in the world for diva-style production numbers about bodily functions? “Fag Hag” provides the answers with cheeky good humor.

Fag Hag

Production

A Troma Team release of a Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz presentation. (International sales: Troma, New York.) Produced by Damion Dietz, George Orff. Directed, written by Damion Dietz.

Crew

Camera (color), Pedro Castro; editor, Vince Fillipone; music, Dietz; costume designer, Jaush Way. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival, (market), May 19, 2000. Running time: 73 MIN.

With

Damion Dietz, Stephanie Orff, Saadia Billman, Wil Wheaton.
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