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Women in Trouble (DVD Review)

14 Feb, 2010 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Women in Trouble

Street 2/16/10
Screen Media
Box Office $0.02 million
$24.98 DVD, $29.98 Blu-ray
Rated ‘R’ for sexual content including strong dialogue, and for language.
Stars Carla Gugino, Josh Brolin, Simon Baker, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elizabeth Berkeley, Marley Shelton, Connie Britton.

Women, unlike most men, have the unique ability to be complicated, conflicted and emotional all at the same time and with little notice.

In low-budget indie effort Women in Trouble (reportedly shot in 12 days in Los Angeles with co-funding from Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, among others), eight disparate members of the fairer sex in all their buxom glory indulge in raunchy humor while dealing with a host of issues on one serpentine day across random settings, including the toilet, the lavatory of a commercial airplane, a bar or trapped in a sweltering elevator stripped down to panties and bras.

To say first-time director Sebastian Gutierrez is enamored by the female form (notably boobs) is an understatement. He’s also taken notes from Quentin Tarantino, notably Death Proof, in which separate sets of voluptuous women engage in verbal bouts of extended attitude (and vulnerability) while stalked at different times by a scarred stuntman.

Both emotions are common threads throughout Trouble, which finds underappreciated Carla Gugino as pornstar Elektra Luxx, dealing with newbie Holly Rocket’s (Adrianne Palicki) inability to perform oral scenes — the latter attempting to overcome these issues and others with a fellow call girl (Emmanuelle Chriqui of “Entourage”).

Luxx then gets stuck in an elevator with Doris (Connie Britton), who is angry at her sister (Caitlin Keats), who in turn is having an affair with the husband (Simon Baker from “The Mentalist”) of her therapist (Sarah Clarke from “24”).

That’s just the beginning of a nonsensical story arc that really doesn’t seem to matter since these women find common ground (and solutions) and look great getting there.

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