World of Wonder Productions, founded in 1991 by filmmakers Randy Barbato and Fenton Baile — who both directed this movie — got their start managing RuPaul and producing RuPaul’s Drag Race, as well as Inside Deep Throat, Party Monster, The Eyes of Tammy Faye and, well, whatever this is.
Because sure, you may know the story of Lyle and Eric Menendez. You may have seen movies about them. But have you seen Courtney Love — yes, Hole frontwoman Courtney Love — play Kitty, their mother?
No, you have not.
Their father Jose Menendez worked at both LIVE Home Entertainment and Carolco Pictures — and who may allegedly have been the Menudo manager who abused Rikcy Martin — and supposedly pushed the boys hard. And maybe he also allegedly did things to them as well. But man, 1996 was their year. It was everywhere — not just tabloids and Inside Edition either.
So when you have a plastic surgery fabulous Courtney saying things like, “I can’t believe Lucille Ball died. I really did love Lucy,” well you’ve got me front and center for your movie.
Also, as you can imagine, her character dies pretty early on in the story. What you may not guess is that Courtney then plays a ghost for the resy of the movie, which is something that I endorse beyond endorsement.
Why were we not told that Courtney Love is in a Lifetime movie? This feels like the kind of information that people would get excited about. Why did it take me nearly three years to find this movie when I should have been having a premiere party complete with cupcakes, festive dips and a signature cocktail?
The movie is horrible when Courtney isn’t it, but you knew that. I just wish that the Italian exploitation industry was still around, because she’d be awesome in a remake of So Sweet…So Perverse.