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Exposed

Framed around a tabloid expose of the real lives of three TV women up for a career prize, Misti Barnes' spoof has no center or point of view as it chops virtually all of its characters off at the knees. This bit of would-be video Moliere is full of acid intent yet is hardly enough for a feature. Deep cable would seem to be pic's natural home.

Framed around a tabloid expose of the real lives of three TV women up for a career prize, Misti Barnes’ spoof, “Exposed,” has no center or point of view as it chops virtually all of its characters off at the knees. This bit of would-be video Moliere is full of acid intent yet is hardly enough for a feature. Deep cable would seem to be pic’s natural home, since theatrical and other ancillary play are non-starters.

Tube reporter “Bushwhack Bob” (Tate Donovan) tries to pry his camera into the private lives of the nominees for an annual “Women of Distinction” award — Martha Stewart-esque Susan (Brenda Strong), chat show hellion Jade (Gia Carides) and morning show anchor Laura (Lumi Cavazos) — but gets nowhere. Barnes has full access where Bob doesn’t, yet at other times in this TV-centric pic, the p.o.v. is confusingly fudged. Revisionist feminist beliefs that power turns women ugly are hardly finessed here, but support is steeped in effective perfs from David Rasche, Lindsay Sloane and Jane Lynch.

Exposed

  • Production: A Mystico Prods. presentation. Produced by Misti Barnes . Co-producers, Sandra Cruze , Eve Elting. Directed, written by Misti Barnes.
  • Crew: Camera (color, DV -to-35mm); editor, Andi Armaganian, H. Charles Riedl ; production designer, Yoo Jung Han ; set decorator, Melinda Briana Epler; costume designer, Meredith McLaughlin. Reviewed at Hollywood Film Festival, Oct. 17, 2003. Running time: 95 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Tate Donovan, Gia Carides, Brenda Strong, Lumi Cavazos, David Rasche, Lindsay Sloane. T.J. Thyne , Missi Pyle, Coolio, Jane Lynch.
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