Movie Review: ‘The Foxy Merkins’ Is A Good Lesbian Hooker Comedy

Greetings again from the darkness. This is my first foray into the world of lesbian hooker comedies, and whether such a sub-genre actually exists, I honestly can’t answer. What I can say is that director (and co-writer) Madeleine Olnek delivers some funny moments and biting satire in a low budget manner, featuring a well-timed comedic team of actresses and co-writers Lisa Haas (as Margaret) and Jackie Monahan (as Jo).

Those taking the brunt of the gags and punchlines include: Talbots (positioned as the ultimate lesbian pick-up spot), Lemon Pledge (detrimental to the sex drive of asthmatics), those majoring in Women’s Studies, Republicans, suburban housewives, dentists, Sade (the singer), Eleanor Roosevelt, CNN, and Port Authority terminal restrooms.

Ms. Haas and Ms. Monahan make for an interesting contrast both in personality physical appearance. Streetwise Jo becomes mentor to naïve and frumpy Margaret, and what follows is really an unusual buddy film within the unfamiliar world of street hustlers. Don’t think for a minute that their life is as glamorous as Richard Gere’s in “American Gigolo”. No fancy clothes, no cool apartment and no Mercedes Benz for Jo and Margaret, although Jo’s rich estranged family does lead to a crack in the friendship.
Some funny support work is provided here by a fetish-driven Susan Ziegler, Alex Karpovsky in an outlandish bit as a shady graveyard salesman (tied to the film’s title), and Nancy Giles (a frequent contributor to “CBS Sunday Morning”). Ms. Olnek, Ms. Haas and Ms. Monahan also collaborated on “Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same” (2011), and though one of their sequences here comes off as ill-timed and unfortunate given current social issues, it’s very likely these ladies will deliver additional social commentary and humor over the next few years.

David Ferguson

David Ferguson is a lifelong movie lover and passionate reviewer. He is also a husband, father, business owner, Longhorn, and baseball aficionado.

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