Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 88 minutes
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Part “Mondo Freudo” and part “Go!” “The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down” takes a look at modern hipster culture in Los Angeles. For some, the film will stand as a wealthy source of practical advice for properly navigating the bars, clubs, parties and bedrooms of L.A. like a champ. For others, this live action guide will act as a spot-on emulation of their very own party heartiness. For everyone, it’s a full blown party wrapped up in a nice, neat feature length movie. While watching, drink heavily and have someone play with your swimming suit area and it will be like you’re out on the town. You don’t even have to be smooth or funny, the movie does that all for you. It’s magic!
In R. Lee Frost’s “Mondo Fruedo,” viewers are taken into the global sexual underground. We’re shown what goes on in secret burlesque clubs, S&M parlors and brothels as a narrator explains the racy scenes presented us. “The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down” feels very similar to this classic exploitation mondo flick in that it takes viewers deep into the party atmosphere of the Los Angeles party scene – the Cahuenga bar hopping scene to be more precise, including Beauty Bar and Burgundy Room – complete with narrators, fleshing out the mondo quality of the film and presenting it like a hipster guide, keeping true to its title. The major difference here is that “Mondo Freudo” is obviously bullshit, but that’s all part of its sleazy charm as its staged scenes are being sold to us as reality, a poorly represented reality at that. “The Guide,” however has been made from someone who obviously has spent a lot of time on this party scene. These staged scenes create a spot-on depiction of modern hipster party life, not only in Los Angeles, but around the country, fuck, around the world – everyone wants to get loaded and have their ding dings and hoo haas blown on, right?
Uncharacteristic of the mondo movie genre, however, is that there are reocurring characters here. As the night progresses, we get familiarized with a cast of partiers who saunter from bar, to house party, to club, to after-party, to bedroom for boom boom. In this aspect, the movie feels very much like “Go!” in that these characters and their mini-dramas all end up converging into one magnificent cluster fuck. During the cluster fuck, you will learn how to properly share your drugs without getting ripped off, approach your sexual conquest of the evening without being a douche bag and how to properly dispose of your new bedmate once father Sunshine starts peeking through your window without having to call the police. These and many more handy tips are available here.
Never has party life in Los Angeles been better represented and “The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down” is definitely one of the best party movies ever. Boasting an infectious soundtrack and wild, lavish graphics, this guide is really just a good, hilarious time, both poking fun at the scene and providing a goldmine of advice on how to survive this party jungle so that you can be quickly on your way to becoming a pro-partier.
Whether you’re a party-pro or party-foul, you will fucking love this movie!
Posted on March 24, 2007 in Reviews by Eric Campos
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