Our Rating: ★★½☆☆
L Factor: Major lesbian content
Short Take: Shelly and Suzy lead the ‘No Exits,’ an all girl punk rock band in Seattle, a hot ticket on the club scene and on the verge of signing a record deal.
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Year: 1997
Duration: 87 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: R
Director: Kristine Peterson
Writer: Bill Cody
Starring: Molly Gross, Jason Bortz, Marisa Ryan

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Slaves to the Underground

Shelly (Molly Gross) and Suzy (Marisa Ryan) lead the ‘No Exits,’ an all girl punk rock band in Seattle, a hot ticket on the club scene and on the verge of signing a record deal. For Shelly, music is the most important thing in her life, while for Suzy it’s a political tool for feminist activism.

They’re also a couple, happily making music, love and guerilla attacks against porn vendors, rapists and right wing dj’s together. Then it all starts to unravel when Shelly’s anti-establishment ex-boyfriend Jimmy (Jason Bortz) shows up. Shelly still has feelings for him, and Suzy’s worst fears come true when the two sleep together.

Suzy throws Shelly out of the house and the band, jeopardizing the future of the record deal. Will Suzy let her play in the band anyway? Does Shelly really want to be with Jimmy, or is she just confused again?

A plot about a love triangle in which a bisexual woman chooses a man over her girlfriend isn’t great viewing for me, and none of the three main characters are particularly likeable either. The reason to watch this would be for the Seattle alternative music scene setting and some fun music. Includes one song by Ani DiFranco. (AB)