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Girl 6 - "hi, my name is Misty, what is your pleasure?"

  • Jun 26, 2001
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Pros: Some of the stuff is true

Cons: Some of the stuff is true

The Bottom Line: Worth the music. some suspense, sad lives for these ladies



A lot of people will probably derive a plethora of information from this movie, some may not find it interesting at all and some may be enthralled with the behind the scenes glimpse of the phone sex operator. I laughed myself silly watching this movie, even though it really isn't a comedy, because I have held this job and some of those scenes were all too reminiscent to me.

Written by Susan-Lori Parks and produced and directed by Spike Lee, you are bound to have your hands full with any movie he gets involved with. Add a soundtrack by Prince - it's edgy.

The story centers around the life of Girl #6, played by Theresa Randle. Theresa wants to be an actress, but face it folks, you have to pay the rent and buy the groceries, so she answers an add and discovers the wonderful world of phone sex. The pay is good, the hours are good, no actual contact, practically anonymous - why not?

Sure, she gets a lot of weirdos, but there are also some lonely damn people out there and she starts to make a ‘connection' with one of the regulars that call in. (Ya know, you get a bonus if you get callers requesting you). Of course, there are the sickos too, and somehow they manage to reach her on a more personal level.

Several times she tries to break away from the group, visiting rival companies - one owned by Madonna - but their services are a little more ‘personal' than she wants to get into. That is until she becomes friends with the white horse, and has to pick up a new habit to pay for her new dirty habit - sometimes ya just never learn.

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This isn't intended as a true story, although there is a good deal of truth in it. Sure, for the most part those phone sex ‘ladies' are everyday folks punching a time clock just like the rest of us - sitting at their consoles knitting, painting pictures, filing their nails. It's a lackluster and sick job, just as the patrons are lackluster and sick themselves. But somebodies gotta do it!

As usual, Lee slips a few things in to see if you are paying attention - for instance Naomi Campbell, Girl #75, going around in a t-shirt that states "Models Suck", Debi Mazer, Girl #39, helping with make-up and fashion. All in all, Lee tries to portray these women as a bunch of girls just doing a menial job.

What adds to the suspense of the movie, however, is the needy little way some of the girls become dependant on their nightly fix from the regular ‘johns' that request their services. They form a bonding of sorts, sometimes believing that these guys actually care for them, when in actuality they view them as lower on the food chain than the men themselves are, and that is pretty low.

In a weird and perverted way I enjoyed the movie, except for the ending. I was greatly disappointed in the ending Lee chose for the movie because until that point there had been an edgy desperation to the movie. Perhaps that is why he chose to close it the way he did, or maybe he didn't have any real reason.

Not a lot to offer as far as scenery goes, mostly filmed in the studio of the phone sex ladies, or in the apartment of Girl 6. That was a lot of shadows and hidden places, perhaps reflecting the landscape of her own mind.

A powerful background musical accompaniment by Prince included: She Spoke 2 Me, Pink Cashmere, Girls & Boys, Erotic City, Hot Thing, Adore, How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore, Girl 6, and Don't Talk 2 Strangers as well as several songs by Vanity and The New Power Generation. An explosive soundtrack that was well placed throughout the movie.

As usual, Spike Lee appears in his movie as the neighborhood confidante that turns coat when needed or tries to get next to the girls for his own personal agenda. Not necessarily a role that you admire, but one that he slithers his way in to. Madonna was a tad bit nasty and I hardly recognized her at first, until she started talking.

Overall, I liked the movie. As is Lee's way, it has the funny moments and it has the dramatic ones. Its is hard to pick which category to drop this film in, frankly I thought it was sad. And, hey, the production company was 40 Acres and a Mule - ain't that cute?

Stars: Theresa Randle, Isaiah Washington, Spike Lee, Jenifer Lewis, Debi Mazar, Michael Imperioli (scary!), Madonna, Quentin Taratino, Ron Silver, Naomi Campbell, Richard Belzer, Halle Berry.

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Susi :)

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