Whirlygirl (2006) / Drama-Romance
MPAA Rated: R for sexuality, brief nudity, and language
Running Time: 95 min.
Cast: Julian Morris, Monet Mazur, J.A.Q., Daniel Franzese, Fran Kranz, Roderick Kannell, Johnny Pruitt
Director: Jim WIlson
Screenplay: Pete McCormack
While it would be easy to slam Whirlygirl as a mere carbon copy of Girl Next Door, perhaps one should also realize that Girl Next Door was a retread itself, a regurgitation of Risky Business. All three films feature a young and naive high school student having the chance to finally score, thanks to a hot tamale sexpot involved in the business of sexuality. All three also feature the young man falling for the sexy object of his desires, while she also develops feelings for him, attracted to his innocent outlook and, unlike every other man in her life, an ability to treat her like a lady. Through an unlikely bond, the two end up helping out each others lives in many ways, even if it seems like their love is fated to certain anxiety and collapse.
Although it is reportedly based on a true story, the plot seems a bit farfetched, where a mysterious New York woman with the nickname of Whirlygirl (Mazur, Monster-In-Law) has become something of a phenomenon in the underground male-pig circuit. Apparently, she makes up to two grand a gig for appearing at a party, strutting her stuff (with clothes on!), and potentially seducing one lucky young man at the event. In her latest gig, she allegedly steals a watch from James (Morris, Cry Wolf), a virginal prep school boy, and he must seek her out to recover it, as it is a prized possession from his father. As he ransacks her place for the timepiece, he discovers there's more to Whirlygirl than meets the eye, and the two soon become fast friends. She makes him feel more like a man, while he makes her feel more like a woman, but the pressures of outside influences threaten to undo the beginnings of a love affair.
Since we're already traversing in well-traveled waters, the ability for Whirlygirl to entertain seems limited at best if you've seen the two aforementioned films. That said, even relative newcomers to this burgeoning mini-genre will probably find this material fairly uninteresting, as the film itself suffers from some weak acting, bland characterizations, and a lifeless, meandering storyline. It all proceeds according to formula, and with some fairly unmemorable sex scenes thrown in, there's really not much here to recommend to anyone on any level. If you're giving this a whirl in your DVD player, you may find yourself whirling it right back in the case long before its 95-minute runtime expires.
©2006 Vince Leo