Whore 2

  • 1994
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Docudrama

Wholly unrelated to Ken Russell's schlocky 1991 art movie WHORE, this misleadingly titled film is an earnest effort to comprehend the heart-numbing lifestyle of New York City prostitutes. Mixing fictionalized dramatic vignettes with footage of bona fide hookers, WHORE 2 tunes into a parallel urban universe. Freelance writer Jack (Amos Kollek), divorced...read more

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Wholly unrelated to Ken Russell's schlocky 1991 art movie WHORE, this misleadingly titled film is an earnest effort to comprehend the heart-numbing lifestyle of New York City prostitutes. Mixing fictionalized dramatic vignettes with footage of bona fide hookers, WHORE 2 tunes into a

parallel urban universe.

Freelance writer Jack (Amos Kollek), divorced after the death of his only child, relishes the challenge of his new assignment--an exhaustive chronicle of the stiletto heel set. An emotional burn-out case, Jack finds that his interviews with the ladies of the night are recharging his spiritual

batteries. Jack flourishes in this environment of social outcasts, refrains from passing judgment, and becomes a popular fixture on the scene. When Jack forms a friendship with sweet-natured Mary Lou (Mari Nelson), a Sweet Charity-type with a child being raised out of town, keeping his distance

proves taxing. Volatile and paranoid Lori (Marla Sucharetza), Jack's second favorite subject, demonstrates survival skills forged in misery. Lori lies to gullible Jack about wanting to quit the scene in order to score drug money, and doesn't scruple at ripping off a yuppie trick, stealing his

wallet without performing.

Jack tries to protect Mary Lou from Vernon (Gilbert Giles), a pimp. But disaster strikes when Lori persuades Mary Lou to accompany her to a garage with two thuggish johns. Too late, Lori spots the customer she fleeced, who rapes and kills Mary Lou, leaving Lori for dead. Lori uses Jack's

hand-out to flee the Big Apple cesspool once and for all. Although frightened by Mary Lou's fate, other hustlers conduct sidewalk business as usual.

WHORE 2, which had a brief arthouse theatrical run under the title BAD GIRLS, is not the kind of cynical, straight-to-video exploitation that its new title suggests. In its essentials, the film carries the ring of truth. The two remarkable actresses playing Mary Lou and Lori blend in seamlessly

with the real-life whores dispensing their autobiographies on camera. Although this movie doesn't eroticize the re-enacted sexual tales, there's still a whiff of dirty old trench-coated men in the air; filmmaker and star Kollek seems a bit more intrigued by the rampant decadence than any detached

observer should be. Ultimately, WHORE 2 shucks off its good intentions and becomes an exercise in slumming for those who want the kick of illicit sex without the danger. The film is further hampered by its leading man, who doesn't have the force of personality to hold this docudrama's disparate

elements together. WHORE 2 does manage one considerable feat: it makes comprehensible the sensation of peddling flesh for cash--both the self-disgust it engenders and the peculiar attraction it may hold. (Graphic violence, nudity, substance abuse, extreme profanity).

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  • Released: 1994
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Wholly unrelated to Ken Russell's schlocky 1991 art movie WHORE, this misleadingly titled film is an earnest effort to comprehend the heart-numbing lifestyle of New York City prostitutes. Mixing fictionalized dramatic vignettes with footage of bona fide ho… (more)

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