Review: ‘That’s What She Said’

Though "Bridesmaids'" success last year made it clear dudes aren't the only ones who enjoy a good raunchy comedy, it's unlikely folks of any gender are going to get many laughs from charmless femme-driven "That's What She Said."

Though “Bridesmaids'” success last year made it clear dudes aren’t the only ones who enjoy a good raunchy comedy, it’s unlikely folks of any gender are going to get many laughs from charmless femme-driven “That’s What She Said.” This crude, shrill day in the life of three ill-matched Manhattan women will prove as irksome to most viewers as it is to the protags, but Anne Heche’s name should help secure some home-format sales.

Overweight, insecure Bebe (Marcia DeBonis) is inexplicably BFFs with jaded, brusque Dee Dee (Heche), whom she frantically calls for help in preparing for her first date in eons. Before she even meets the guy, overly empathetic Bebe has picked up a stray in the form of Clementine (Alia Shawkat), a younger woman nonsensically wailing over what seems to be minor boyfriend trouble. The three women careen around the city, broad humor leaning toward myriad inappropriate things said very loudly in public, Bebe itching her yeast infection, Clementine barfing on Dee Dee’s lap, etc. The low-budget production looks it, with thesp Carrie Preston (“True Blood”) gaining scant finesse since her prior directorial feature, “29th & Gay.”

That's What She Said

Production

A Daisy 3 Pictures production in association with Locomotive. Produced by Lucy Barzun Donnelly, Joshua Astrachan, Mona Panchal, Carrie Preston. Executive producers, Mark Holmes, James Vasquez. Directed by Carrie Preston. Screenplay, Kellie Overby.

Crew

Camera (color, HD), William Klayer; editor, Anita Brandt Burgoyne; music, Tim Adams, Mike Viola; production designer, Bobby Berg; art director, R. Darby. Reviewed at Sundance Festival (Next), Jan. 20, 2012. Running time: 84 MIN.

With

Anne Heche, Marcia DeBonis, Alia Shawkat, Kellie Overbey, Kate Rigg.

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