Fruit Fly

"Very Good"

Fruit Fly Review


A bright, cheeky attitude goes a long way to making this musical watchable, even if the songs aren't hugely exciting. But the film captures real feelings along the way, as well as the random eclecticism of big city life.

Performance artist Bethesda (Renigen) moves cross-country to San Francisco and rents a room in a house full of people in transition. She quickly befriends gay housemate Windham (Curtis), young artist Jacob (Zaragoza) and the bickering couple Sharon and Karen (Navarro and Park). But she's a bit overwhelmed by the city, and when things go wrong for her new show, she loses the ability to cope.

Her crisis of confidence is further linked to the fact that she's never been able to find her biological mother.

The story is punctuated with frequent musical numbers that are funny, snappy and a little too similar for one to stand out. But they're cleverly observant, capturing the cosmopolitan aspect of 21st century metropolitan life, in which ethnicity and sexuality perhaps aren't such defining issues anymore. The themes addressed along the way are big ones - ranging from relationships to career ambitions - and the film recognises the difficulty we all have sorting these things out, although the tone is a bit on the glib side.

Bethesda's personal journey is both difficult and funny, as she gets tangled up with goofy artist Gaz (Cagigal) and a guy (Mendoza) she tries to hook up with Windham, to unexpected results. Along the way, her story is also surprisingly introspective, as she quietly sings, "A million possibilities, and all I want is one." So when her show loses its venue, everything does seem hopeless. Well, for a few minutes at least.

At least it's consistent good fun, especially when the characters launch into witty tirades and sassy interplay. Some of the songs have real bite, most notably in the final scenes. And while the attempt to replace the term "fag hag" with the more pleasant-sounding "fruit fly" feels a bit strained, director Mendoza keeps things playful, both visually and in the writing. In this sense, the film feels like it's capturing a colourful parallel reality we all wish we could live in.



Fruit Fly

Facts and Figures

Genre: Musical

Run time: 94 mins

In Theaters: Saturday 17th July 2010

Distributed by: TLA Releasing

Production compaines: TLA Releasing

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

IMDB: 5.7 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: H.P. Mendoza

Producer: Donald Young

Starring: L.A. Renigen as Bethesda

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