The title of this movie refers to the last two years of the turbulent life of Jayne Mansfield, as she careens through bad relationships, addictions, lowered career expectations and, perhaps, membership in the Church of Satan.
This movie somehow unites so many of my favorite people, including Kenneth Anger, John Waters, Mary Woronov, Mamie Van Doren, Tippi Hedren, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls star Dolly Read and 1980s pop star Marilyn, all uniting to tell the story of Jayne.
Writing/directing/producing team P. David Ebersole & Todd Hughes couldn’t get their movie The Devil Made Her Do It made, so they went back to the documentary format that they’d used to make Hit So Hard, Room 237 and Dear Mom, Love Cher.
It’s somewhat uneven and the music and dance numbers may get some cringe at times, but this is still a fun film. But get ready for some interpretive dance along the way.
Did Mansfield have a relationship with Lavey? Does it even matter? The legend is always better than the truth.