| Our Rating:
L Factor: Minor lesbian content/Major lesbian players
Short Take: Crime comedy featuring Melissa Etheridge and kd lang
Duration: 88 min
MPAA: Not Rated
|Director: Julie Cypher
Writer: Samuel Benedict, Marc Cushman
Starring: Joe Pantoliano, Mary Kay Place, Nanette Fabray, Mare Winningham, Sean Astin, Kiefer Sutherland, Casey Siemaszko, Stacie Randall, Elizabeth Keener, Matt Adler, C. Thomas Howell, Nancy McKeon, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jonathan Silverman, Melissa Etheridge, Adrienne Shelly, Diedrich Bader, Anthony Clark, Eric Gilliland, Lisa M. Hansen, Tippi Hedren, k.d. lang
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Teresa’s Tattoo is a comedy that is really only notable for its director, the soundtrack and the series of cameo appearances by well-known actors and musicians. The film is directed by Julie Cypher. You may know that name as the woman who directed a Melissa Etheridge music video and later left her husband, actor Lou Diamond Phillips, for Etheridge.
Etheridge sings some of the songs on the soundtrack, and she also appears in a cameo as a prostitute at the police station. k.d. lang plays Michelle, a born again Christian, in a few scenes. Lou Diamond Phillips has a more pivotal role as one of the bad guys.
The plot involves a girl who is held for ransom, but is accidentally killed. To cover their error, the bad guys kidnap Teresa (Adrienne Shelly), whom they run into at a party, and try to pass her off as the original woman they were holding for ransom.
Teresa is a math grad student who goes out to a bar with her friend Sara (Nancy McKeon, Jo in Facts of Life). The two follow the bartender, Kay (Stacie Randall), to a lesbian party where they learn that Kay is a lesbian prostitute.
After the party, Teresa is drugged, kidnapped, her hair dyed red, and chest emblazoned with a new tattoo. The thugs are trying to pass her off as the woman who was killed. Chases ensue with two different groups of bad guys, the FBI and Teresa’s new boyfriend, Rick (Jonathan Silverman).
The comedy isn’t bad, but it’s the cameos that make this anything you would want to watch. Also appearing are: Majel Barrett (voice of the computer, and Lwaxana Troi, in Star Trek), Joe Pantoliano (Bound, The Matrix), Elizabeth Keener (The L Word, 3Way), Mary Kay Place, Mare Winningham, Nanette Fabray, Tippi Hedren, Diedrich Bader, Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings) and Kiefer Sutherland (24).
The movie is only on vhs in the US, although a PAL dvd has been issued in the UK. (AB)