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Wave Babes

"Wave Babes" makes the case for 40-ish women re-sowing the wild oats of their youth in a filmmaking package designed to spoof the Frankie-Annette beach movies but with a lesbian twist. Fest waters look fair for the good-natured romp, but cable seems too far offshore.

Aware enough of its own campy cheesiness to flaunt it, “Wave Babes” makes the case for 40-ish women re-sowing the wild oats of their youth in a filmmaking package designed to spoof the Frankie-Annette beach movies but with a lesbian twist. Not nearly as funny or inventive as Charles Busch’s own fun-loving pokes at the genre, fellow producers Nancylee Myatt and Georgia Ragsdale’s script is extremely laid-back. Fest waters look fair for the good-natured romp, but cable seems too far offshore.

Beset by a recurring nightmare of getting munched by a shark while surfing, but ready for a weekend fling at the beach to celebrate her divorce, Val (Christina Carlisi) decides to round up pals Maureen (Carolyn Hennesy, pic’s main sparkplug) and Sam (Ragsdale), a lesbian in search of a mate, for a weekend fling at the beach. When there aren’t cat fights between Val and her ex’s replacement, there’s brainless houseboy Brock (Troy Casey) ready to serve, with Val, Maureen and Sam chatting and spatting about the pros and cons of straight and gay love.

Wave Babes

  • Production: A Wave Group and Film Fatale Prods. presentation. Produced by Georgia Ragsdale, Nancylee Myatt. Executive producers, Ragsdale, Alexa Maros, Kristin Coppola. Directed by Lisa Knox-Nervig. Screenplay, Nancylee Myatt, Georgia Ragsdale.
  • Crew: Camera (color, DV), John Pierre Dechene; editor, Jon Christensen; music, Wendy P. Levy. Reviewed on videotape, L.A., July 20, 2003. (In L.A. Outfest, N.Y. Indie Film Festival.) Running time: 65 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Christina Carlisi, Carolyn Hennesy, Georgia Ragsdale, Will Gotay, Troy Casey, Ashley Yegan, Dan Burrell, Kitty Swink, Catherine MacNeal.
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