Review: ‘Jane White Is Sick And Twisted’

Camp doesn't come much coarser than David Michael Latt's "Jane White Is Sick and Twisted," which could be underground surrealist fun if it weren't so amateurish. Pic presents a young woman with a bizarre focus on a Jerry Springer-esque talkshow, whose host she believes is her dad.

Camp doesn’t come much coarser than David Michael Latt’s “Jane White Is Sick and Twisted,” which could be underground surrealist fun if it weren’t so amateurish. Spilling over with comics like Credibility Gap vet David L. Lander, pic presents a young woman with a bizarre focus on a Jerry Springer-esque talkshow, whose host she believes is her dad. “Jane” will pick up followers on the alternative fest scene and at a few midnight screens fatigued by the 20 millionth unreeling of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

Everything that Jane White (an overactive Kim Little) watches on TV proves to be an unreal adaptation of her non-TV life — from host of “The Gerry Show” (Lander) to her convict penpal Kenny (Mickey Jones). She mistakes Dick (Wil Wheaton) for the escaped Kenny, and encourages him to prove his love for her with some serial killing. Jane tries to do anything, including acting like a transvestite prostitute, to get on Gerry’s show. It all ends better for Jane than for the movie.

Jane White Is Sick And Twisted

Production

A Hell-A-Cool Films presentation. Produced by David Michael Latt, Leigh Slawner. Executive producer, Todd Blood. Co-producer, Kevin Weiler. Directed, written by David Michael Latt. Story, Kim Little, Latt.

Crew

Camera (color), Jordan Levy; editor, Richard Cunningham; music, Michele Evans; music supervisor, Wendie Colter; production designer, Shelby Wood; costume designer, Edie Doherty; sound, Ted Phillips; supervising sound editor, Patrick Giraudi; makeup, Kelley Mitchell; associate producers, Nelson Parks, Jayna Schlegel, Adam Finer. Reviewed at Dances With Films, Santa Monica, Calif., July 18, 2002. Running time: 84 MIN.

With

Kim Little, Wil Wheaton, Alley Mills, Colin Mochrie, Chris Hardwick, David L. Lander, Michelle Phillips, Gary Owens, Mickey Jones.
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