Fassytails | Chicago Reader

Fassytails

Director Roxxy Cooley adapted her own stage play for this video about generations of a Chicago family plagued by unwanted teen pregnancies. The story starts out on a light note, with a 12-year-old innocent (Toya Turner) watched over by a family housekeeper (Cooley) who's a relentless scold about boys. Both actresses play their parts so broadly, though, that they don't mesh with the more naturalistic performers, and as a result the transition from comedy to tragedy is jarring. Cooley's point about the importance of open, informed communication is unassailable, but it would have been better made with more focused action and less rambling dialogue. The sound recording is uneven, lens flares distract, and there's no excuse for leaving in a shot in which someone knocks the camera. 120 min.

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