Review: ‘Girl in 3D’

That old cynical showbiz standby of delivering a cautionary fable about exploitation in a nakedly exploiter package is pushed to a place where it's no longer fun in "Girl in 3D." Hyperkinetically helmed and coedited by music vid vet Luis Aira, pic's latex-coated sleaziness will ensure cable deals galore.

That old cynical showbiz standby of delivering a cautionary fable about exploitation in a nakedly exploiter package is pushed to a place where it’s no longer fun in “Girl in 3D.” A stream of info inserts, describing the dangers of being a runaway youth-or anyone else, for that matter– in Los Angeles, suggests a framing device for a drama-comedy about a gal who gets way more than she wished when she ends up in an S&M dungeon commanded by her favorite rock star. Hyperkinetically helmed and coedited by music vid vet Luis Aira, pic’s latex-coated sleaziness will ensure cable deals galore.

Running away from a beau in porno doesn’t land Vicky (Bevin Tucker) in any safer circumstances. She accepts $50 grand from Finch, a crooked con man of many guises (Michael J. Aronin), to be the “toy” for a month to rocker Stu (actual rocker Coyote Shivers). Somehow, we’re to believe that Stu whipping, slapping and torturing Vicky is going to inspire his dried-up creative juices, but pic revels in the pain and disturbingly erases the line between the gross humiliation of Vicky and of thesp Tucker.

Girl in 3D

Production

A Cinemavault Releasing presentation of an Ofrenda production. (International sales: Cinemavault Releasing, Toronto.) Produced by Sal Tassone, Jeffrey Poehlmann , Luis Aira. Executive producers, Blanca Valdez, Michael Porter, Tassone, Cheche Vidal . Directed, written by Luis Aira.

Crew

Camera (color, DV), Christopher Charles, Christopher Butler; editors, Brian Bothwell, Aira, Orestes Matecena; music, Reeves Gabrels, Perry Geyer, Fred Maher, Hal Cragin, Coyote Shivers; production designer, Elvis Strange; costume designers, Donna Casey, Andy Wilkes; sound (Dolby Digital), James Castro; sound designers, Josh Falcon, Marcos Beliran, Aira; associate producers, Christopher Sararo, Mark Gonzalez, Casey; casting, Blanca Valdez. Reviewed on videodisc, Los Angeles, May 12, 2005. (In Cannes Film Festival -- market; also in Dances With Films.) Running time: 93 MIN.

With

Coyote Shivers, Bevin Tucker, Michael J. Aronin, Yareli Arizmendi, Eddie Zammit, Jonathan Paley.
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