Mini-Skirt Mob, TheReviewed By Chris Parry
Posted 01/12/03 10:25:49
Jeff Logan (Ross Hagen), a former biker gang leader and sometime rodeo hero, meets and marries an attractive suburban gal (Sherry Jackson) and while the two are out in the desert on their caravan honeymoon (yeah, thatís romantic) the old gang track them down and start making trouble. See, one of their number, a bleached blonde by the name of Shayne (Diane McBain), still carries a torch for old Jeff and canít imagine what he could see in a girl who doesnít ride a bike or have seventeen personalities.The new leader of the gang, Lon (Jeremy Slate), is happy to do whatever Shayne says, especially as she knows exactly how to press Lonís jealousy buttons. The problem is that, as we go along, Shayne becomes more and more of an evil wench, leading her gang to kill, be killed and generally self-destruct. Silly 60ís drive-in cinema ensues.
Now, letís be sure from the outset, thereís nobody in this cast that can act worth a damn. They wouldnít know a line reading from a palm reading for the most part, and those that look like they do have talent (like an early Harry Dean Stanton for example, or the once Oscar-nominated Patty McCormack) are stuck in roles so terribly characterized and awfully written that it would take a team of St Bernards to bring them back.
Why these guys are both bikers AND rodeo cowboys quite simply baffles me. Was this some sort of tactic to bring in a southern audience? Were real bikers too scary for middle America? And why do 80% of the 60 or so bikers in the first ten minutes of the film suddenly disappear for the rest of the running time, leaving only six of them to battle Jeff and his rifle? And why does Jeffís rifle only seem capable of hitting rocks? So many questions, so little reason to research answers.
Director Maury Dexter did dozens of these tits and ass biker/kids gone wrong flicks in the 60ís (The Naked Brigade, The Young Swingers, Police Nurse), yet remarkably went on to direct the entire run of TVís Little House on the Prairie Ė about as polar opposite to his earlier works as you could get. And giving credit where itís due, he seems to have been capable enough at his job. While not poorly made, The Mini-Skirt Mob was a film just poorly conceived - so much so that better actors would have been a total waste.Stuck in the late 60ís middle ground of what people wanted to see and what studios thought they could get away with, itís the sort of film that ten buddies could put together with a few six packs, a few bikes, a spare weekend and a home video camera. As a film-going experience, itís more a study than a pleasure.
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