Review: ‘Lifetime Guarantee: Phranc’s Adventures in Plastic’

Angeleno Phranc

Incongruity of seeing this 1950s sitcom-dad-styled androgyne hawking kitchenware to housewives -- and very successfully, too -- sustains amusing Angeleno Phranc's docu featurette "Lifetime Guarantee." Lisa Udelson's personality portrait is natural fare for gay fests and gay-targeted broadcast slots.

After making a minor splash on the 1980s New Wave music scene as “just your average All-American Jewish lesbian folk singer,” Angeleno Phranc has found a second profession: Tupperware lady. Incongruity of seeing this 1950s sitcom-dad-styled androgyne hawking kitchenware to housewives — and very successfully, too — sustains amusing docu featurette “Lifetime Guarantee.” Lisa Udelson’s personality portrait is natural fare for gay fests and gay-targeted broadcast slots.

Tired of the touring musician’s life, with a domestic partner and baby now at home, erstwhile L.A. punk-scenester Phranc decided she needed a new, flexible-hours, locally based career. Enter Tupperware, the household “miracle” product that’s been keeping leftovers fresh and enterprising saleswomen afloat for decades. Corporation’s pyramid incentive and rah-rah team spirit proved a surprise perfect fit for the irrepressible performer, who duly incorporates her music into those homey “Tupperware Party” presentations. Lively docu develops a smidgen of drama when Phranc, a top salesperson, attends regional and national conventions; gender-bending subject is briefly distraught when skittish execs choose to downplay her contributions. Still, pic’s upbeat tenor reflects her faith that “I can change closed minds just by showing up.” Tech package is modest but well-turned.

Lifetime Guarantee: Phranc's Adventures in Plastic

Docu

Production

A Roadside Attractions production. Produced by Eric d'Arbeloff, Lisa Udelson. Directed, edited by Lisa Udelson.

Crew

Camera (color, HD video), Udelson; music supervisor, Todd Drootin. Reviewed at San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, June 21, 2001. Running time: 58 MIN.
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