Notorious C.H.O. | Chicago Reader

Notorious C.H.O.

Margaret Cho's first concert movie, I'm the One That I Want (2000), centered on her short-lived TV sitcom and the eating disorder she developed after the network began pressuring her to slim down. That narrative gave the film a dramatic arc and emotional depth this follow-up lacks, though there are still some priceless moments as Cho ponders menstruation, colonics, drag queens, porn videos, the G spot, fist fucking, sadomasochism, and cunnilingus. Despite the raunchy material, her humor is essentially ethnic, tweaking the stereotype of Asian women as shy and dainty. Her loving but merciless mimicry of her Korean-American mother is always a high point, and here she uses it to introduce the film's most authentic moment, a touching and hilarious anecdote in which her father has an unexpected homoerotic encounter with a dear friend. The film opens and closes with gushing fan interviews, which reveal how much Cho caters to her gay and bisexual audience; in the end she's more interested in validating her fans than challenging them, which makes her about as notorious as Lucille Ball. 95 min.

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