https://www.efilmcritic.com/review.php?movie=9419&reviewer=416

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains

Reviewed By Rob Gonsalves
Posted 04/05/07 07:49:20

"We're the Stains and we don't put out."
2 stars (Pretty Bad)

A boring, ineptly-directed semi-cult film, unreleased and seen by nobody until it washed ashore on cable TV.

Diane Lane is an aimless, cynical teen who forms a punk band with her sister and cousin. Cynthia Sikes (St. Elsewhere) is a sympathetic newscaster who has apparently devoted her life to providing constant air time to this unremarkable all-girl band. Ray Winstone is the punk singer who falls for Lane and turns out to be sensitive and illiterate.

As usual with shallow anti-authority stuff like this, most of the adults are stupid and/or exploitative. Pretty lame, even down to the punk songs. Of interest only because of Christine Lahti (in her film debut) and Laura Dern as mother and daughter. Screenwriter "Rob Morton" is actually Nancy Dowd (Slap Shot, Coming Home), who used the same pseudonym for Swing Shift.

Steve Jones and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols and Fee Waybill of the Tubes (as a Gene Simmons-like glam rocker) are also in it. The director also made 'Up in Smoke.' After decades of home-video unavailability, a DVD finally surfaced in 2008.

© Copyright HBS Entertainment, Inc.