Who's Afraid Of Vagina Wolf
Annie (Anna Margarita Albelo) is a newly 40, still single, Renaissance woman living in the garage of her charitable friend Charlie in LA. She's tired of partying, responding to her Mom's incessant phone calls and wants to settle down. The only gig she can still get paid for is dancing in a larger-than-life vagina costume as her art film about women's sexuality plays in the background. She has zero money and even less dignity. Everything changes when she meets Katia (Janina Gavankar, "True Blood," "The L Word"), Annie's new scaldingly hot muse. Annie writes a screenplay based on Edward Albee's classic, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" for Katia to star. She learns in the process of filming more about love, friendship, and life than she ever expected.
Anna Margarita Albelo co-writes (with Michael Urban) and directs this funny, frequently quirky and sometimes grotesque lesbian love story cum self-discovery adventure. Parts of the movie are predictable - such as when Annie falls for the wrong girl and everyone but she knows it - but enough of Annie's reactions to events are unique enough for the majority of the action and reactions to be endearing to the viewer.
The majority of the acting is good. The accent work is not. Celeste Pechous is hilarious as the skeptical housemate Charlie. While charming with heaps of warmth, Carrie Preston as Chloe/Sugar Tits is entirely too familiar to her portrayal of Arlene Fowler on "True Blood." The only fault to find is in the woo-pitching scenes between Annie and Julia (Agnes Olech). Olech has no sexual chemistry with Albelo. Their platonic scenes read as sincere but Olech is working too hard to convince her audience that she's attracted to Albelo's character.
"Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf" has kitschy montages and a great dance soundtrack. The meta moments are chuckle worthy and a great reminder of how far LGBTQ+ film has come over the years. This is a quality film for the lesbian film chronicles and a perfect choice for a lady date night in.
"Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf"
Directed by Anna Margarita Albelo
In English and Spanish with English subtitles