Let it be known: We love RuPaul. Well, we love RuPaul’s Drag Race and its glorious send-up of outrageous reality television tropes. When we heard of Starrbooty, touted as a riff on blaxpoitation and sexploitation films of the 60s and 70s, we just assumed RuPaul wouldn’t disappoint.
We did not, however, have any idea exactly what we were getting into.
RuPaul stars as the titular superspy/supermodel of the world in this fourth in a series of low-budget productions. (The first three were produced in the 80s with a budget of $100 and sold out of shopping carts outside of gay bars.) While this sounds exactly like the kind of b-movie gold we gravitate towards, what surprised us was how pornographic the whole thing was. Starrbooty’s sister/daughter/whatever is kidnapped by a cabal of black market drag queens and held hostage. Starrbooty infiltrates the circle by becoming a prostitute, and literally sleeps her way into the inner circle.
Actually, “sleep” puts it way too mildly. One scene in particular, in which Starrbooty tortures a man’s erect genitalia (upon his request) with her high heel, left us reeling. We’ll never be able to look at RuPaul’s shoe line (available at Heels.com) the same way again.
If you can look past the penises (seriously, there are a lot), this is a silly gay romp of the highest order. Mike Ruiz, celebrity photographer and frequent reality television judge, directed the whole thing. RuPaul (as R.A. Charles) wrote it. So pour yourself an Absolut cocktail and settle in for something completely #Rudiculous.