The Seattle GLBT Film Festival:Dirty Girl and Elizabeth Manchester
The 16th Seattle Gay & Lesbian Film Festival opened with Dirty Girl a teen drama-comedy about the teen angst of a "Back seat Barbie" Danielle (Juno Temple) taking one man at a time in the parking lot at Norman High School in Norman, Oklahoma, dateline 1987.
Her fashion statements suggests that she's a "hot child in the city" who's life ambition is to audition for a Mötley Crüe video. The note that's passed to her during Sex Education class has changed from the "I like you" to "wanna *rhymes with*" which she crumbles up and asks the teacher a question about a sexual practice that gets her sent to the Principal's office. Danielle's misbehavior gets her banished to a remedial class when is the death of a popular student which she quickly finds out after being dissed by a car full of teenage boys.
"Homo Ken" Clarke (Jeremy Dozier), is the troubled closet case who's over weight and innocent (a virgin) with no friends who's abused by his father, Joseph (Dwight Yoakam) who wants to "man" him up by sending him to an Military school. Clarke hides from the world underneath his hood and tunes out the world with Melissa Manchester songs.
He also locks himself in his room with posters of his favorite female singers and dancing mostly in front of Ms. Manchester's poster. Peggy, his mom, (Mary Steenburgen) walks on egg shell in her homophobic household where Joseph's Cadillac gets all of his attention and is the object of his affection.
Danielle and Clarke have a lot in common they both like boys which gets them into trouble. When the two are paired on a parenting project, Joan, a five pound bag of flour is born for the two to raise with a journal of the baby's days and nights on earth.
At first Joan's days are filled with neglect and finds her mommy calling her daddy dirty names and saying mean things about him. Daddy says nothing because its better than being alone then being zero cool. The two stumble upon a fact finder about the man who knocked up her mom. Danielle becomes hell bent on getting to California to find the father she's never met, and Clarke leaves his house with his Father's credit card and prized Cadillac. It isn't until the two take off over the weekend that Joan's life begins to unfold in the daily journal with facial expressions that reflect from the adventures and ventures.