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Addicted to Fresno 

Wednesday, Sep 30 2015

Karey Dornetto's terrific comedyAddicted to Fresnohas the best female cast you'll find in a single film this year: Natasha Lyonne, Judy Greer, Aubrey Plaza, Molly Shannon, Clea DuVall, the perennially underrated Jessica St. Clair, and Alison Tolman (Molly from the first season ofFargo). Shannon (Greer) is a recovering sex addict and generally irresponsible person whose queer sister Martha (Lyonne) gets her a job at the hotel in Fresno where Martha happily works as a maid. Shannon soon relapses and accidentally kills her latest mullet-wearing hook-up, and wackiness ensues as Martha helps her dispose of the body. Though the degree to which Aubrey Plaza's character throws herself at Natasha Lyonne will no doubt fuel more than a few fantasies,Addicted to Fresno's heart is its examination of the lengths to which sisters will go to watch out for each other, even when it would be in their best interest to walk away. There's also an extended rape joke that wouldn't fly if not for the largely female cast and crew, but that's part of the film's beauty: With its inversion of the dead-hooker trope, it's a buddy comedy in which women get to behave as badly as men usually get to. That right there — that's progress.


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