Tuesday, April 19, 2022

It's True! She Can't!

Out today on Criterion disc is Frank Tashlin's gonzo 1956 flick The Girl Can't Help It, starring Jayne Mansfield as that wind-up dynamite wearing a wig that we all know from the Looney Tunes cartoons turned flesh -- this movie's insane in all the best ways, and if you don't believe me believe John Waters, who has a special feature on this blu-ray where he talks about just that. The film is also chockful of some of rock-n-roll's earliest weirdos giving truly unforgettable performances -- it's just all-around terrific, like Douglas Sirk on acid. As a person who watched this while sick with COVID I can tell you it will make all the bad stuff absolutely disappear for a couple of hours. You can buy a copy at this link!

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