Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
What's it about
A bar owner conspires with her new beefcake boyfriend to blackmail the parents of some rich, sex-craved teens to save her business. Naughty little thingsÖ
Is it good movie?
Released in 1967, this French flick exudes the sexual nature of the 60ís with plot and acting taking a backseat to showing hot, young teens stripping down on a moments notice for the sick pleasure of just being bad, bad girls. Little Girls is a skin flick, one thatís better than anything shown on late night pay cable. Sure, itís poorly acted, contains hollow characters, and has a story held together by paste, but who the hell cares? The film permeates with eroticism like a skin flick should do. Itís playful and sexy despite the horny old men who corrupt the girls or the creeps who hang out with the girls. Regardless, Little Girls succeeds in its purpose, showing plenty of natural nudity in the 67 minutes run time. No horror occurs but it does contain some genuinely disturbing and uncomfortable scenes. One with a pedophile who, as the narrator describes, enjoys watching his young daughter dress from a distance when she thought she was alone at home. Another has a father/daughter encounter. Talk about a buzz kill. Yeah.
So whyís this even listed on Arrow-in-the Head? Itís a quirky bit of cinema history in line with Russ Meyer or the endless copycats that followed. The nudity titillates, but itís interesting viewing a forty-year-old film that few have ever seen. In fact, look it up on imdb.com. Itís the thinnest entry Iíve ever seen.
As if the plot matters, it revolves around a wild woman named Dani, the owner of a seedy bar and her new man meat Mike, whoíll do anything to help her. They soon discover a group of rich girls who crave not just sex, but the kinky kind, getting off on straying away from the old sugar and spice ideal. While the girls get naughty, an overdramatic narration fills in the gaps for those not sober enough to understand the complexity of the plot. Itís completely cheesy and unnecessary in that classical 60ís narrator from sex ed films way, and seems a voice over perfect for a Simpsonís parody with Phil Hartman. It serves Little Girls no purpose, but does enhance the ridiculous nature of the watching a forgotten French nude film from the 60ís.
Video / Audio
Video: 16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Audio: 2.0 in badly dubbed English.
Film Essay: A short, informative essay by critic Bill Gibron, but how many people will sit and read an essay on a DVD? I realize having some special feature is better than nothing, but reading sometimes is a bore when nudity awaits.
Little Girls was lost and unavailable for 30 years, and while it wonít appeal to everyone, anyone who digs hidden oddities will enjoy themselves.