With an almost entirely female cast, this British comedy from debut director MJ Delaney is a rare find. Based on the stage play ‘When Women Wee’, it’s set in the toilets of a none-too-salubrious nightclub, where nice, insecure Sam (Sheridan Smith) is taking regular solace from a stressful night out with her old college friend Michelle (Kate Nash). Sam is keen to impress Michelle, who leads a sophisticated life in Paris – but with her three rowdy best mates also in the club, that’s not easy.
The set-up is inescapably theatrical, performances vary and several scenes just don’t convince. But the characters still offer wit and warmth. Smith puts in a sensitive, nuanced performance as Sam, a vaguely dissatisfied everywoman who sets a web of lies in motion. There’s a faint echo of Bridget Jones but her angst is never overplayed. Jaime Winstone puts in an enjoyably brash performance as her man-eating pal Chanel, while Riann Steele and Sarah Hoare share an amusing scene in which their characters indulge in MDMA. A frank and fitfully funny look at female friendship.
|Release date:||Friday December 6 2013|
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Saw this at a very low key premiere last night at the Haymarket Cineworld, i.e. no walking the red carpet and mingling with stars, foyer and bar area cordoned off, so normal plebs cannot even buy a drink/snacks, and no complimentary bottle of water on the seats, so left gasping after the film which started later than scheduled. The cast came on the stage for a split second and could hardly see them as lights were dimmed in the cinema, and no spotlights. So was this film worth waiting for? It was a slow start, but once you get into it, it was moving & funny. The all female cast, all performed well, Sheridan Smith, Jamie Winstone, Kate Nash, Oona Chaplin and Riann Steele. I especially loved Johnnie Fiori who does a very funny parody of the Toilet Attendant, and I really loved the soundtrack by the female band, Fake Club. The story revolving round the ladies toilets in a nightclub lends itself more to a play on stage, which the film is adapted from. The topics touched are very realistic, taking drugs for the first time, wanting a better life, falling in and out with best friends, etc. 7/10