Itty Bitty Titty Committee

  • 2007
  • 1 HR 30 MIN
  • NR
  • Drama

Jamie Babbit's scrappy little comedy about 21st-century lesbian identity politics revolves around the antics of pranksters the C(i)A, a group of young, angry postfeminist, neo-punk activists trying to reconcile raging hormones and ideological ideals. Recent high school graduate Anna (Melonie Diaz) is at loose ends: She's just broken up with her first...read more

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Jamie Babbit's scrappy little comedy about 21st-century lesbian identity politics revolves around the antics of pranksters the C(i)A, a group of young, angry postfeminist, neo-punk activists trying to reconcile raging hormones and ideological ideals.

Recent high school graduate Anna (Melonie Diaz) is at loose ends: She's just broken up with her first girlfriend and while her family accepts the fact that she's a lesbian, they wish she'd wear some makeup and devote a little more time to her duties as maid of honor for her sister's rapidly approaching wedding. She's marking time in her job at Twin Palms Plastic Surgery Clinic, until she meets sexy Sadie (Nicole Vicius), the founder of C(i)A — Clits in Action — a group dedicated to raising public awareness of feminist and lesbian issues through guerrilla art. Sadie, whose experiments in prankster consciousness-raising are bankrolled by her considerably older girlfriend, Courtney Cadmar (Melanie Mayron), the head of major nonprofit women's-rights organization Women for Change, is the white-hot center of C(i)A, and Anna finds a gratifying sense of camaraderie with artist Meat (Deak Evgenikos), aspiring female-to-male transsexual Aggie (Lauren Mollica) and even firebrand Shulamith (Carly Pope), whose female-centric extremism belies a healthy lust for men.

Produced by Power Up, an organization dedicated to "promot[ing] the visibility and integration of gay women in entertainment, the arts and all forms of media" and inspired by the high-spirited activism of New York City's gorilla-masked Guerrilla Girls, Babbit's film is clearly designed to raise the consciousnesses of restless, stylish young women who feel no connection to either traditional feminism or mainstream lesbian lifestyles. But the film's sense of humor is juvenile and C(i)A's satirical jabs at ingrained cultural misogyny are embarrassingly obvious — it's hard to imagine that anyone who isn't already onboard with its sentiments are going to hear the call. On the plus side, Diaz and Vicius are charismatic leads, and the riot-grrl-heavy soundtrack is hard to resist.

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  • Released: 2007
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Jamie Babbit's scrappy little comedy about 21st-century lesbian identity politics revolves around the antics of pranksters the C(i)A, a group of young, angry postfeminist, neo-punk activists trying to reconcile raging hormones and ideological ideals. Re… (more)

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