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June 18, 2014

A review of GIRLTRASH: All Night Long

GIRLTRASH: All Night Long with Lisa Rieffel, Michelle Lombardo, Gabrielle Christian, Mandy Musgrave, Rose Rollins, Clementine Ford, Kate French, with Malaya Rivera Drew and Megan Cavanagh. Featuring the music of Killola, The Dollyrots and Tsar.

GIRLTRASH: All Night Long, the recently released romantic lesbian comedy musical from POWER UP Films, is a HUGE surprise. Fans of the very successful Showtime web series might have been expecting a longer version of the gritty web series.  But, for the POWER UP feature, writer Angela Robinson returned to the D.E.B.S. world—a world populated by lots of beautiful, sexy young women looking to flirt with danger and each other.

GIRLTRASH: All Night Long is the story of two sisters at cross purposes. Lesbian rocker Daisy (Lisa Rieffel) and her drop-dead gorgeous bass player Tyler (Michelle Lombardo) have to get BANDSLAM by midnight to try to win the competition and recover her dignity after her “heat-seeking missile” ex-girlfriend Xan (Clementine Ford) dumped her.  Meanwhile, her college co-ed younger sister Colby (Gabrielle Christian) has realized she’s gay.  She’s met a “wanna be” actress Misty (Mandy Musgrave) that she wants desperately to have sex with before the night is over.  Daisy needs Colby’s car and Colby needs Daisy’s lesbian connections.  It is interesting to notice that GIRLTRASH world is some alternate universe where everyone seems to want to be gay.

The mal femme in GIRLTRASH: All Night Long is the silky, sensuous, sinful Monique (Rose Rollins).  Just released from prison, Monique wants Tyler to get the money that LouAnn stole from her (in the web series). Monique gives Tyler and the girls a deadline and she even raps about her willingness to use her 9-Iron to make the point if the girls fail to deliver on time.  That’s right, Rose Rollins raps in GIRLTRASH:All Night Long.

In what is undoubtedly the biggest surprise to fans, GIRLTRASH: All Night Long is a musical.  And the music is perfect. The film opens with everyone singing “Finally,” an anthem that reveals the ultimate goal for each person in the film. “By 2 a.m.” has two renditions, a rap version for Monique and a sing-along version for the star-crossed lovebirds and friends to belt out in the car. My personal favorite is “Fantasy Crush,” in which Gabrielle Christian and Mandy Musgrave sing about their ideal day with their “never gonna happen girl.”  The chorus, “Don’t shit on my dream, it’s just my fantasy,” was stuck in my head for days.  The only discordant song was “It’s All Right,” in which Daisy sings about Xan, wondering if she still sees her face (she clearly doesn’t, she’s dating Kelly Ogden of the Dollyrots).

What is absolutely no surprise is the beauty of this film.  As we have come to expect with POWER UP short films and features, GIRLTRASH: All Night Long is beautifully shot by Sandra Valde-Hansen and perfectly edited by Chris Hill.  Like POWER UP’s Itty Bitty Titty Committee, D.E.B.S., Billy’s Dad is a FudgePacker and Little Black Boot, the production value on this film is second to none.

You will find Gossip Girl’s Kate French as Syd and A League of Their Own’s Megan Cavanagh as Officer Margie in two of the juiciest supporting roles. As Misty’s friend, Syd has some of the most outrageous lines in the film (“If I almost fucked Angelina Jolie, I’d make a t-shirt that says ‘I almost fucked Angelina Jolie.’”)

GIRLTRASH: All Night Long might be the best lesbian movie that’s ever been made. It stars several gorgeous women who sing raucous songs in a beautifully produced film. Finally, someone has made a film about the fun part of being gay—and let’s be honest, if being gay were as miserable and difficult as so many films make it out to be, why would any of us do it? GIRLTRASH: All Night Long is a celebration of the excitement and joy that comes with being young and falling in love.

Grade: A

 

GIRLTRASH: All Night Long is available on VOD & DVD:

http://bit.ly/APPLEGIRLTRASH itunes

http://bit.ly/VUDUGIRLTRASH vudu

http://bit.ly/AIVGIRLTRASH Amazon

http://bit.ly/SONYGIRLTRASH Sony

http://www.girltrashallnightlong.com/VOD/

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