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Directed By
Lamont Johnson

Written By:
David Rayfiel

Margaux Hemingway, Anne Bancroft, Perry King, Chris Sarandon, Mariel Hemingway

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Lipstick (1976)
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Movie Review by BillyBob
September 4th, 2009


Come See This New Dimension In 'Chic' Exploitation Film.

LIPSTICK rates exactly 1 Star. And that star goes directly to the beautiful HEMINGWAY sisters, MARGAUX and MARIEL, granddaughters of the famed Novelist ERNEST HEMINGWAY.

Yeah. MARGAUX and MARIEL - They certainly looked like a million bucks up there on the old movie-screen. They sure did. But, let's face it, their combined acting abilities didn't amount to even a damn cent. Hey, I'm not kidding. Their completely wooden performances made the puppet Pinocchio actually look like a real boy, by comparison.

Anyways -

In a trendy-fied nutshell -

LIPSTICK was basically cheap, trashy, trite, dishonest. It pretended like hell to condemn violence and brutal rape as though it were on some sort of a hokey crusade to make a real, sincere social statement about the situation - But, in reality, all LIPSTICK's 'so-called' statement did was succeed in sensationalizing and exploiting violence and brutal rape to the max.

MARGAUX HEMINGWAY played Chris McCormick, a 'super-duper' Super-Model, working for the Cosmetics Industry, encouraging naive women all across the nation to wear goop on their faces as a means of achieving beauty. (Like, doesn't beauty come from within? Or - Is it really only skin deep?)

One fine day Chris happens to meet her younger sister's music teacher, Gordon Stuart, who deceptively invites Chris up to his place for (get this) 'a fashion shoot'. (Spare me) Once the fashion shoot gets underway Gordon takes this as his cue to violently rape Chris, beat her to a pulp, and then promptly toss her right out the door, afterwards - With no time for sloppy seconds.

The gruelling courtroom proceedings that follow this case of rape turn into a literal nightmare of pure hell for Chris. She is repeatedly humiliated and degraded like some worthless, lying tramp when up on the Witness Stand. And, to add insult to injury in this carnival of a court-case, the obviously blameworthy Gordon was found not guilty of the crime of rape by a jury of utter moron-jerks to the 10th power.

Once freed from jail this sicko (Gordon) immediately goes out and (that's right) rapes Chris's 14 year-old sister (and his music student), Kathy (played by MARIEL).

Wow! Talk about outrage of all outrages imaginable.

And, what does the utterly tormented Chris do about all this? Well, she buys herself a straight-shooting, double-barrelled shotgun and decides, then and there, to take matters regarding that bastard Gordon into her own hands.

Believe me, LIPSTICK was not (and never will be) an invitation to a kiss.

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