Surrender Dorothy

"Very Good"

Surrender Dorothy Review


Now this is seriously messed up.

When a maladjusted introvert named Trevor crosses paths with a heroin addict named Lahn, he figures he can finally get the woman of his dreams if he converts Lahn from boy to girl -- assuming he'll go along with it if Trevor provides the drugs. First Trevor makes him shave, pluck his eyebrows, and put on a dress. Unhappy with those results (and with Trevor's attitude), he then starts giving him female hormones and then plans to castrate the lad. The mind games worsen and worsen as the film spirals toward a massive conflict between the two.

Shot in dramatically underexposed black and white (a la Pi), the box cover compares the film to Blue Velvet, but Boxing Helena is a far more apt comparison. An unabashed pyschodrama, Surrender Dorothy is never unintentionally funny (like Helena is), instead just screwing with your mind right up until the end.

It's no masterpiece, but there's enough substance here to keep the movie kicking along. The ending is a copout (stopping before we get to the good stuff), but overall this is a rare gem that you'll only find digging deep in the indie bin.

(Although almost no one will get it, the title comes from a monologue Rosanna Arquette delivers in After Hours.)



Surrender Dorothy

Facts and Figures

Run time: 87 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 21st January 1998

Production compaines: Stu Segall Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

IMDB: 6.1 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Natalie Swerdlow, as Adam, as Sara, as Maddy, as Peter, as Shawn

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

The BFG Movie Review

The BFG Movie Review

For his adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, Steven Spielberg reunited with screenwriter Melissa Mathison,...

Finding Dory Movie Review

Finding Dory Movie Review

It's been 13 years since the release of the Disney/Pixar hit Finding Nemo, and filmmaker...

Star Trek Beyond Movie Review

Star Trek Beyond Movie Review

This is where the Star Trek franchise officially shifts from thoughtful drama into thunderous action....

Ice Age: Collision Course Movie Review

Ice Age: Collision Course Movie Review

With its fifth feature-length adventure, this franchise continues its preposterous journey at full tilt. As...

Keanu Movie Review

Keanu Movie Review

An entertaining hybrid of satirical comedy and action thriller, this madcap adventure swerves wildly between...

Ghostbusters Movie Review

Ghostbusters Movie Review

It's been more than 30 years since the Ghostbusters first hit the big screen with...

Now You See Me 2 Movie Review

Now You See Me 2 Movie Review

While the original 2013 magical caper was a big hit, it's style-over-substance approach didn't exactly...

Advertisement
The Legend of Tarzan Movie Review

The Legend of Tarzan Movie Review

It's been nearly 30 years since the last live-action Tarzan movie, and yet it still...

Maggie's Plan Movie Review

Maggie's Plan Movie Review

A New York comedy with vivid characters and a contrived plot, this feels rather a...

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Movie Review

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Movie Review

Nearly 25 years after the sitcom debuted, Edina and Patsy arrive on the big screen...

Central Intelligence Movie Review

Central Intelligence Movie Review

After teaming up with Will Ferrell for Get Hard and Ice Cube for two Ride...

The Colony [Colonia] Movie Review

The Colony [Colonia] Movie Review

Based on a true story, this Chilean drama has a chilling edge to it that's...

Independence Day: Resurgence Movie Review

Independence Day: Resurgence Movie Review

Two decades is a long time to wait for a sequel, especially one starring much...

Elvis & Nixon Movie Review

Elvis & Nixon Movie Review

This movie is based on a real meeting between Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon in...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.