March 13, 2011

Dasepo Naughty Girls: Grease Was the Word

I'm trying to think if I've ever seen a sunny teen sex comedy that built its humor around venereal disease, prostitution, S&M, incest, transvestism, transsexualism, statutory rape, and masturbation without any mention of alcohol or drugs? The only equally innocent adolescent romp that comes to mind as a possible American counterpart is Grease, -- also a musical featuring a girl with bubblegum-pink hair -- but that comparison doesn't extend far since Grease includes neither a cyclop (Lee Kyeon) who can't get laid nor a high school principal possessed by a demon who's turning the slutty student body into born again virgins so she can become a dragon once and for all. In short, Lee Je-yong's Dasepo Naughty Girls is in a class all its own. As such, it's hard to judge it too harshly even if it's never laugh-out-loud funny or jaw-droppingly shocking. It's cute yet surreal, with its female protagonist (Kim Ok-bin) suffering a series of indignities -- such as being forced to do an erotic dance for a polyamorous secret society -- that propel her to stardom and out of poverty (represented by a featureless gray doll that clings to her back for much of the movie). Whether Dasepo ever ends up a cult classic is anyone's guess. If director Lee can produce more films like his previous hit Untold Scandal then this movie's chances would definitely increase.

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