Powder Room Movie Review

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While women in the audience may find resonance in the comical prickliness, this film remains more of a stage play than an actual movie. Indeed, playwright Hirons has adapted the script from her play When Women Wee, but it's such a broad farce that we never quite believe any of it on-screen. Although two of the actresses nicely underplay their characters for the cameras.

The story takes place almost entirely in the ladies' room at a British nightclub, where the disorganised Sam (Smith) is having a night out with her friends: shameless maneater Chanel (Winstone), trashy Saskia (Hoare) and the too-nice Paige (Steele). Then Sam runs into the posh Michelle (Nash) and her gorgeous French friend Jess (Chaplin), and decides to ditch her pals. But the club isn't big enough to avoid them for long, and things get increasingly messy for everyone as the night progresses. Meanwhile, the restroom attendant (Fiori) just laughs at their melodrama.

With Sam at the centre, every other woman is essentially a stereotype carefully written to convey some aspect of femininity. By contrast, the men are barely defined at all, so only two register, both of them unusually nice: Sam's ex (Warren) and a guy (Balfour) she chats to in the smoking area. But in this large ensemble, only Sheridan and Winstone manage to give their characters three dimensions, mainly because they create properly cinematic performances that rely on understated details rather than histrionics.

As the plot develops, these characters are thrown into a series of contrived clashes that only happen to convey something about the female experience. This may work on stage, but on screen it feels far too carefully constructed, so we can never engage on a personal or emotional level. And the slapstick physicality and cartoonish filmmaking don't help. Since the colourful powder room looks like a cheap stage set, the turmoil these women go through feels utterly superficial. And it leaves the whole movie feeling like a very long toilet joke.

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Cast & Crew

Director : M.J. Delaney

Producer : James Cotton, , Nichola Martin

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Powder Room Rating

" Grim "

Rating: 15, 2013

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