Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Superchick (1973)

Director: Ed Forsyth

Starring: Joyce Jillson, Louis Quinn, Thomas Reardon, Tony Young, Timothy Wayne Brown, John Carradine

More info: IMDb

Tagline: A Supercharged Girl! Always Ready For Action... Of Any Kind!!

Plot: Tara B. True is a flight attendant who makes a weekly swing through New York, Miami, and Los Angeles. In each city, she has a man: Edward, older and wealthy; Johnny, a beach bum with gambling debts; and, Davey, a rock musician on the cusp of success. Tara is a free spirit, faithful to each man in her own way, and so stunning that she dresses in a wig and ill-fitting uniform while she's working so men won't harass her constantly. The low-life whom Johnny is in debt to figures out a way to use Tara to help him execute a daring in-flight robbery. But will Tara stand by helplessly, or is Superchick ready for action?

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? Yup!

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I'm impressed. I went into this thinking it's just another dumb low budget exploitation picture and it turned out to be quite a bit of fun. My only regret is not having friends over to enjoy it. This is definitely one of those party flicks you throw on. It's a gas!

The acting is all over the place, the villains are slapsticky and broadly played, the action is hokey, the dialogue is priceless and Jillson sells the titular role like she's Mary Tyler Moore.

SUPERCHICK is such a movie of it's time that it's like watching a time capsule. The hip clothes and dialogue are worth the price of admission, let alone that Ed Forsyth manages to bring everything together in a movie that entertains. Oh, and that theme song gets played over and over. It's kind of like Superchick's hero theme and even though we hear it a bazillion times, it's so much cheesy fun and it made me smile every time. It's the kind of theme that makes you want to throw your fist in the air and yell, "GO, SUPERCHICK, GO!"

Hey, kids! It's 70s porn icon, Miss Candy Samples!

Superchick is just that - a super chick. She does everything...but girls. I won't hold that against her though. She's got guys on the side, a job that jets her all over the country and she's one of the strongest-willed broads of the silver screen. It was refreshing seeing a female character like this. She's forever content and sure of herself. She's willing to try anything for kicks without thinking about it. If it looks like fun, it must be and it's worth a shot. She's sexually aggressive but with a playfulness and not any emotional scars.

Look out! Nip slip! (Oh, shit. I just now saw the double pun in that.)

Here's an interesting bit of trivia. Jillson later became an astrologer. So what, right? Yeah but she was the one that Nancy Regan used and made Ron, then President, base some of his decisions on her readings. Who knows if it's true but it's a frightening thought just the same.

Before they showed her face, I could tell that was Uschi Digard.
I'd know those glorious cans anywhere.

When it comes down to it, there's really not much of a plot. It's just a little slice of what it's like to be Superchick and it goes down nice and easy...even if we never really see Jillson nude (see below). This is one picture where the trailer gets it right.

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