New on DVD: Filth and Wisdom

Madonna's recent ventures onto the big screen have not been successful – in fact, they've been repeatedly booed. It would seem her journey behind the camera will not fair much better.

Three roommates delve into the lascivious underworld of sex and desire. A.K. (Eugene Hutz) is an Ukrainian immigrant who finances his dreams of being a rock star with his band Gogol Bordello by turning tricks as a role-playing cross dresser. Holly (Holly Weston) is not giving up her dream of becoming a ballerina, but to pay the bills she moonlights as a stripper. And Juliette (Vicky McClure) steals medicine from her pharmaceutical job to aid her dream of helping children in Africa.

The main problem is the plot. It is three distinct stories just cut together without the impression that they're really intertwined; nothing warrants them being cut together – an ominous narrative is not enough to accomplish this. It could probably have been better as three separate shorts in which characters cross over with a combined conclusion.

The acting is mediocre, which doesn’t help the weak script. The trio tries to personify their oddball characters but they don’t quite make the grade – that’s not to say they’re not odd; they’re just not that convincing. McClure’s look is particularly interesting, since she looks nearly identical to Madonna circa 1986.

There were no special features to evaluate.

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