“Just because someone is famous doesn’t mean they’re a good person.” This statement, from Tanja Walker in her interview, sums up so much of the issues that Hollywood has dealt with in the #MeToo era. This movie goes into depth explaining the casting couch, how it got started and why it has existed for decades.
Writer/director Minh Collins has put together interviews with Lauren Anastasi-Peter, Ikon Barenbolm, Alana Crow, Jennifer Durst, Andrea Evans, Tiffani Fest, Sadie Katz and more, all to tell the story of what women in the entertainment industry have been silently enduring for decades.
A large part of the film revolves around the case against talent agent Wallace Kaye, who was brought to court by twelve actresses who stepped forward, despite the advice of their union, and brought the case to the police. They won and still no one listened. There’s an incredibly shocking section here where the film goes into the female police officer who was involved in a sting operation against Kaye and the emotions she had to deal with.
The only drawback of this film is that it doesn’t have faith in its interviews to tell the whole story. The reenactments and b-roll stock footage used to add color distracted me from the very powerful interviews that were captured by the filmmakers. The graphics used look like something straight out of iMovie, taking me away from the words I was hearing and making me wonder why more care wasn’t given to the presentation.
That said, there’s a story worth hearing here. Rocking the Couch is available On Demand this February from Avail Films. You can watch it on Amazon Prime.
NOTE: We were sent this movie by its PR team and that has no impact on our review.