My Normal

A comic romp that would be infinitely more marketable if it weren't set in the world of S&M workers.

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With: Nicole LaLiberte, Mark Saturno, Dawn Noel Pignuola, Ty Jones, Heath Kelts, Naama Kates, Maine Anders.

Your normal probably isn’t anything like the everyday weirdness that makes up lesbian dominatrix Natalie’s existence, but that’s pretty much the point of director Irving Schwartz’s “My Normal,” a comic romp that would be infinitely more marketable if it weren’t set in the world of S&M workers. Gay fests and open-minded specialty auds, at least, should get a kick out of the pic’s in-your-face humor, which masks an otherwise quite conventional sex farce.

Natalie (model Nicole LaLiberte) lives to put piggish men in their place, but when she meets a sexy new gal (dancer Dawn Noel Pignuola) at the club, she resolves to give up her unconventional day job for a career in filmmaking. As luck would have it, the movie set on which Natalie lands a lowly P.A. gig features its share of casting-couch chauvinists, offering her a novel way to demand what she wants. With her Bettie Page looks, LaLiberte proves more convincing wielding a riding crop than playing an aspiring screenwriter. Pic’s own scribes leave entire subplots dangling, finding it easier to skewer showbiz than to treat the relationship angle seriously.

My Normal

Production: Produced by Renee Garzon, Adam Sales, Abdul Malik Abbott, Philippa Davis. Directed by Irving Schwartz. Screenplay, Renee Garzon, Adam Sales, Abdul Malik Abbott.

Crew: Camera (color, HD), George Lyon; editor, Daniel Olshansky; music, Olshansky; production designer, Timothy Whidbee; art director, Jeanelle Marie; costume designer, David Tabbert. Reviewed on DVD, Los Angeles, June 19, 2009. (In Dances With Films, Los Angeles.) Running time: 75 MIN.

With: With: Nicole LaLiberte, Mark Saturno, Dawn Noel Pignuola, Ty Jones, Heath Kelts, Naama Kates, Maine Anders.

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