The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

9 June 2007

Family entertainment

Contrary to popular belief, it ain't all Ozzie and Harriet down here:

BITCH the movie has been on the "circuit" for about half a year now, and played its fair share of festivals. Anyone who's seen the film knows, it's full of gratuitous punching, threatening gender neutrality, offensive non-colored movieness, and the sensual kissing of Mexicans. Not to mention abortion jokes. Ohhh, the abortion jokes.

Surprisingly, BITCH has played, almost exclusively, at southern US festivals and in fact, has never won a festival award that wasn't in a Red State.

And this might seem puzzling:

If these states are such ubiquitously conservative, bible-thumping theocracies, why do Southerners seem to like BITCH the movie the most? BITCH the person thinks maybe there is a higher concentration of frustrated, creative, free-thinking individuals living in the south than anyone realizes. Even Southerners.

As your basic Southern (yes, I was born near Chicago, but I grew up in South Carolina fercrissake) right-wing death beast, I am compelled to admit that I thought BITCH the movie was flat wonderful, that I laughed a whole lot, that I was sitting right across from writer/director Lilah Vandenburgh during the screening and I'm sure she caught me doing a spit take during that line about VH1's 50 Most Important Bands for Poseurs. (Vandenburgh, incidentally, despite her gentle, kindly, JCPenney Petites vibe, can almost certainly kick my ass, and I expect her to threaten to do so when she reads this.)

And as a general rule, the only people around here who have their lips pressed to Dr. Dobson's derrière are the politicians, and we have no respect for them anyway.

Posted at 10:49 PM to Almost Yogurt


maybe there is a higher concentration of frustrated, creative, free-thinking individuals living in the south than anyone realizes.

"Frustrated"...? I'm thinking, not so much -- unless they're more inclined to believe the image of where they live, than, say, their own lying eyes.

True, this ain't California, but at least here the creative free spirits actually get to stand out.

Posted by: McGehee at 9:43 AM on 10 June 2007

BITCH was great. And, I'm glad it turned out to be so, after all of the "buzz" it was receiving. I was not disappointed.

Posted by: Dwight at 11:32 AM on 10 June 2007