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STILL, IT WON: Even though our critic didn't like it,
home the SXSW Jury Prize for narrative feature.
By Gilbert Garcia
AUSTIN — Though still
dwarfed by its musical
cousin, Austin's South by
Southwest Film Festival
has come to be a premier
gathering in its own right.
Celebrating 13 years, the
film fest is fertile ground
visions and innovative
directors. Given that repu-
tation, it's no wonder that
lesbian director Jamie
Babbit ("But I'm A
choose Austin for the
North American debut of her newest comedy,
"Itty Bitty Titty Committee."
On Sunday, the festival buzz was in full effect
at Austin's downtown Alamo Drafthouse. Stars
of the film conducted sidewalk interviews as
badged festivalgoers milled in the Drafthouse
lobby. The theater quickly filled, and by the
beginning of the screening, the house was stand-
ing room only. Actresses Melonie Diaz ("Lords
of Dogtown"), Nicole Vicius ("Half Nelson,"
"Descent") and the magnetic andro-beauty
Daniela Sea ("Shortbus," "The L Word") are in
attendance, as was Babbit, who gave a brief intro-
duction before the film.
A movie with more potential than actual pay-
off, "Itty Bitty Titty Committee" follows the story
of young Latina lezzie Anna (Diaz), who finds
herself in a rut after breaking up with her girl-
friend. A disgruntled receptionist at a breast aug-
mentation clinic, Anna becomes infatuated with
radical femme Sadie (Vicius) after she catches
her vandalizing the clinic with feminist graffiti.
At Sadie's invitation, Anna soon meets and
joins an underground feminist group who call
themselves Clits In Action (CIA). Before long,
Anna too is participating in activist stunts with a
A budding relationship between Sadie and
Anna is complicated by Sadie's lover and spon-
sor Courtney ("Thirtysomething" alum Melanie
Mayron), an old-school organizer who rejects the
Star-studded sapphic debut
boasts a rocking soundtrack.
And that's about all
Itty Bitty Titty Committee" took
The romantic entanglements eventually strain
Clits In Action into dissolution. Ultimately,
though, Anna finds herself so transformed by her
radical education that she brings the group back
together for one final spectacular protest.
Although "Itty Bitty Titty Committee" bills
itself as a comedy, there are sadly few genuinely
funny moments in the film. Instead, Babbit
seems to earn her cheap laughs at the expense of
the film's protagonists. Though viewers are
expected to sympathize with Anna and her com-
patriots, few lines get better laughs in the screen-
ing than the CIA's blustery talk about "subverting
the patriarchy" or attacking "the system."
In her remarks before the film, Babbit cites
the '90s riot grrl revolution as her central inspira-
tion. In this regard, "Itty Bitty Titty Committee"
does succeed to a degree. Gritty montages
accompanied by tracks from Bikini Kill, Sleater-
Kinney and Peaches are the film's enjoyable
moments. But music video moments alone can't
make up for this film's obvious shortcomings.
Between its listless pacing, its somnambulant
performances, and its ill-conceived jokes, "Itty
Bitty Titty Committee" proves to be a puzzling
what-if story. A screenplay that might have been
coaxed into a fine film given the right cast and
circumstances, this effort feels palpably flat. In
spite of the strong reception at this premiere, it
seems unlikely that this film will see the same
adulation on a larger stage.
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