Repo Chick (2011) Tackles the Economy
With a title like Repo Chick, one might expect a sexist film, maybe bordering on softcore and probably violent. Director Alex Cox is just full of surprises--Repo Chick is a comedy that implies that sex and violence exist in its world, but doesn’t deem it necessary to show it. Cox, director of Repo Man, Sid & Nancy, and Straight to Hell, delivers a film that was made with such a tight budget, it’s part of the joke.
Reportedly made for $200,000, Repo Chick was mostly filmed in front of a green screen. Model trains and accessories, toy cars, and picture postcard backgrounds stand in for the real thing without trying to fool us into thinking any of it is real. The plot is wacky—in a good way. A pampered society brat (sort of a cross between Paris Hilton and Britney Spears) is disinherited and can only get back into her family’s good graces by getting a job. Instead of starring in a reality show, Pixxi (Jaclyn Jonet) gets a job repossessing cars, trailers, boats…whatever. The girl who never worked a day in her life is amazingly good at her new job.
In the course of her work she uncovers a plot to veganize the President and staff, and criminalize golf. Oh, these eco-terrorists…you never know what they’ll come up with next! It’s all very silly and played tongue-in-cheek. Attentive viewers will discover the script is surprisingly intelligent, offering both verbal and visual gags (some misfire, some are right on target).
Also starring in Repo Chick are Miguel Sandoval, Rosanna Arquette, Karen Black, Chloe Webb, and Xander Berkeley. The characters are all cartoons and caricatures, and so-over-the-top the audience can’t help but like them. As for being sexist, Repo Chick could be considered offensive to anyone who doesn’t have a sense of humor; it insults the rich, gays, women, senior citizens, the middle class, men, back-up dancers, terrorists, spoiled girls, punks, and just about everyone else on the planet.