With a title like FAGS IN THE FAST LANE, you know this is not a film for everyone, especially the easily offended and the homophobic. An incredibly over the top love letter to both vintage Ozploitation and the gay camp theatre that THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW sprang from. The result is loads of good laughs and very little good taste.
Just how over the top is FAGS IN THE FAST LANE? The official synopsis should give you an idea.
“When Beau and his herculean sidekick set off to avenge a spree of violent attacks on his fellow gays, he is waylaid on a vital mission for his beloved mama, Kitten when her GILF bordello is robbed by the giantess leader of a grotesque burlesque show. With the help of a lethal cross-dressing Persian Princess and a Bollywood eunuch assassin, this unlikely team of avengers set off to retrieve the lost booty in a full-throttle, rock n roll feast of camp destruction and dangerous dance numbers.
Will they be able to recover Kitten’s beloved jewels and magical golden phallus? They’d better!”
And even that leaves a few things out such as the “kidnapped” son of a homophobic chief of police. And hang gliders. And did I mention the swamp full of phallically shaped life forms?
The first solo feature from Josh Collins (he previously co-directed THE PERV PARLOR and PERVIRELLA with English madman Alex Chandon) FAGS IN THE FAST LANE matches its insane story with all manner of effects, from animation to CGI to intentionally obvious miniatures. They’re as cheap and cheerful as the script, which is a good thing. Realistic violence would be way too jarring in contrast to the script.
Apart from Kitten Natividad (BENEATH THE VALLEY OF THE ULTRA-VIXENS, TAKING IT OFF), the cast seems to be mostly unknown outside of the Australian indie scene. A mix of first-time actors and those with plenty of shorts in their resume they do a wonderful job with the material. Chris Asimos as Sir Beauregard and Matt Jones, (who seems to be channelling Ritter from TURKEY SHOOT) as his sidekick Reginald Lumpton III are dandy heroes. Aimee Nichols is a great villainess as Wanda The Giantess and Ms. Natividad perfectly channels Mae West as Kitten.
The musical numbers fit the film nicely and aren’t bad simply as music either. The bands, including The Mummies, Hot Wings, Sugar Fed Leopards, The Seven-Ups and King Khan and his Tandoori Knights weren’t familiar to me. They seem to be somewhat better known in their home country, however.
A demented romp with its tongue in its cheek and its mind in the gutter FAGS IN THE FAST LANE frequently had me laughing and I’m far from its target audience. I can only imagine how much funnier it will be for them.