A large cast of talented and vibrant actresses (and some actors) are largely wasted in Sebastian Gutierrez's "Women in Trouble," an aggregate of interlocking stories that's a pale imitation of Almodovar, John Waters, and even Tarantino.
"Women in Trouble" had its world premiere at the 2009 SXSW Film Festival and is now getting limited theatrical release in select cities on its way to DVD land.
Writer-director Gutierrez sets out to make an outrageously funny, genre-bending, multi-layered comedy about one "typical" day in the lives of ten seemingly disparate women, but ends up with a semi-campy feature that's banal and derivative of other, better works by the aforementioned directors.
As the title suggests, all the protags, which include a porn star, a flight attendant, a psychiatrist, a masseuse, a bartender and a pair of call girls, share one thing in common, trouble. Take the gifted Carla Gugino, who plays Elektra Luxx, a world-famous porn star whose future is thrown for a loop with the news that she's pregnant. Or Adrianne Palicki as Holly Rocket, a not-too-bright adult industry newcomer with an inconvenient aversion to girl-girl action.
The femmes' paths intersect with a suave British Rock Star (Josh Brolin, stretching), a bright neurotic with a dark past (Connie Britton), and a call girl with a tricky client (Emmanuelle Chriqui, of "Entourage" fame).
The talented cast also includes Marley Shelton (“Grindhouse”), Simon Baker (“The Mentalist”), and Joseph Gordon-Levitt ('500 Days Of Summer").
The title of the film is more audaciously promising than anything seen on screen since most of the characters are one-dimensional and narrowly defined. You eagerly wait for some witty one-liners, campy or tongue-in-cheek episodes, but in the end, you are left with a frustrated feeling that "Women in Trouble" barks stronger than it bites.
Running Time: 92 Minutes