Superchick/Review

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Tara B. True (Joyce Jillson) is a sexually liberated young woman with insatiable “cravings.” Thankfully, her career—she’s a flight attendant, is aligned with her needs: whenever she’s “layed-over” she’s got a beau a-waitin’!

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Germophobe brain surgeon Ernest (Thomas Reardon)—who’s got a Rolls Royce and a swanky New York City apartment, is one of Tara’s many paramours. Their relationship is admittedly unusual: they never touch. Sexual gratification comes via erotic poetry readings!

Hunky Johnny (Tony Young) is smitten with Tara too. Earthy and virile, he’s a “beach bum” whose got his own Miami house-boat. The two enjoy making love on the undulating sea: “It’s like a waterbed!” They also water ski, sun-bathe, and frolic nude on the beach.

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And then there’s Davy (Timothy Wayne Brown), an LA-based pop music star in search of his next hit record. He and Tara “make music” wherever they can: in a theater, at his home, or atop his ornate baby grand piano.

Director Ed Forsyth has an appreciation for screenwriter Gary Crutcher’s comedic script. At times the vignettes—split-screens, slapstick comedy, and lightening-quick costume changes from our hostess-with-the-mostess Tara—feel like an extended “Saturday Night Live” TV sketch. Dead-voiced line readings, awkward Karate “fights,” weird ‘60s/’70s leisure music, and corny one-liners; “last one in bed gets no head!” add to the sanctioned merriment.

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Clearly influenced by Don Schain’s groundbreaking Ginger (1971), and foreshadowing 1975’s Scorchy (1976), Superchick is a good-time hodgepodge: an entertaining distraction that includes a menacing biker gang, a former Hollywood star (John Carradine)—now an old man looking for a sadomasochistic romp, a bosomy adult film performer (Uschi Digard), and a mid-air heist/hijack/capture.

Superchick indeed. Super Fly (1973) and Super Dude (1974), you better watch out!


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Josiah Howard is the author of four books including Blaxploitation Cinema: The Essential Reference Guide (now in a fourth printing). His writing credits include articles for the American Library of Congress, The New York Times and Readers Digest. A veteran of more than one hundred radio broadcasts, Howard also lectures on cinema and is a frequent guest on entertainment news television. Visit his Official Website.

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