Sexy American Idle
April 6, 2006
Rated: R Runtime: 71 min Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Let me start by saying I hate American Idol with a passion. That show embodies everything that is wrong with the entertainment industry today. No one has to pay their dues or learn their craft in order to land a recording contract any more. Raw talent, good looks and Simon Cowell’s blessing is all it takes.
With this attitude, you can imagine how eager I was to see how ei Cinema would spoof American Idol. Misty Mundae was great in some of their other spoofs that I’d seen (Spiderbabe and Play-Mate of the Apes), and I figured she could do a hilarious portrayal of Cowell or any one of his moronic sidekicks.
Sexy American Idle is funny some of the time, but I felt it missed the mark a bit. The movie is set during a big talent competition in Northeast Westover, and basically follows the American Idol format with egotistical judges, openly-homosexual hosts and untalented contestants.
But rather than really going after the “institution” that American Idol has become in our pop culture, ei Cinema chooses to go the slapstick route. I got the feeling that the dialogue was mostly improvised, and that’s why many of the jokes don’t work. The performances from the contestants, as horrible as they are, actually provide the most entertainment.
The cast is a veritable who’s who from other ei Cinema/Seduction Cinema productions, and it appears as though they had a lot of fun making this movie. Mundae is wasted as a supporting character, although she does get to sing a few times. I would have preferred to see her as one of the leads.
Julian Wells manages to shine throughout the movie as she plays three different characters, all of which are unique and different from roles she usually plays. Wells has a lot of potential as an actress (she was great in Bite Me!), and I look forward to seeing her do more work outside of the world of erotica.
I had to keep reminding myself that I was watching the “R” rated version of this movie. Things would start to get interesting… girls would start kissing and getting naked… and then there would be a quick cut to the next scene. D’oh! Fortunately for me, the DVD box includes a postcard that can mailed in for a free copy of the Unrated version. (I mailed mine off this morning.)
As an “R” rated movie, I’d probably only give Sexy American Idle two stars. But with the added lesbian lovin’ and gratuitous T&A that will undoubtedly appear on the Unrated disc, I’ll add another star.
Popularity: 42% [?]
Seen it? How many stars do you give it?