ITTY BITTY TITTY COMMITTEE (Jamie Babbit, U.S.). 87 minutes. Sunday (May 27), 7:30 pm, Isabel Bader. Rating: NN Rating: NN
Jamie Babbit 's feature-length follow-up to But I'm A Cheerleader starts with a promising concept - straitlaced 20-something dyke who works in an L.A. plastic surgery clinic bounces back from a breakup by falling in with a group of radical, culture-jamming feminists - but falls flat as a board in its execution.
There's huge potential for humour in the story, which exposes the rifts between extremists and people who toe lefty party lines, but it's lost in a deadweight script (penned by two first-timers) and shaky performances, though Melonie Diaz (Raising Victor Vargas) does a decent job of walking us through protagonist Anna's journey toward feminist consciousness.
Itty's not a total bust: the Super 8 sequences of Anna and her C(i)A (that's Clits In Action) sisters stirring up shit with their Guerrilla Girls antics, set to a Kathleen Hanna-heavy score, are exhilarating, and the portrayal of a loving, queer-positive Latino family is great. And watch for cameos by cult dykeons like Jenny Shimizu .
Still, this Inside Out gala closer feels like a novice film school project.