Girl Play

Rated NR 2005

What can be said in favor of Girl Play, a film adaptation of a two-woman show about the beginning of a lesbian relationship? It means well. Its stars are nothing if not earnest. There are two touching segments involving one of the women, Robin Greenspan, and her larger-than-life Jewish mother, played by John Waters-veteran Mink Stole. Other than that? It's a failure. The film opens in an empty theater, with Greenspan and partner Lacie Harmon playing themselves, telling the story of their courtship in a confessional manner. Then they flash back to the time when they met, starring in a show together, playing lovers. The women take turns at narration, with each digressing into revelations about her psyche and her past -- particularly past relationships. These scenes are both dramatized and narrated, sometimes to excruciating effect. Perhaps the play, titled Real Girls, was worth seeing: Some of the material might have gained life in front of an audience. But the play did not make a successful transition to the screen.


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