Cyndi Lauper knew that one of the ways to truly have fun in life is to be a part of women’s wrestling. That’s why in part she was pals with Lady Pro Wrestler Wendi Richter.
Their sworn enemy was the Fabulous One and we loved watching them wrangle.
Cyndi knew what we wanted and sung about it. Here is a brief synopsis of the lyrics.
That’s all they really want
When the working day is done
Oh girls, they wanna have fun
Get this though, despite what most people think, it was first recorded by a male.
“Girls Just Want to Have Fun” is a song written by and first recorded in 1979 by American musician Robert Hazard.
It is better known as a single by American singer Cyndi Lauper, whose version was released in 1983. It was the first major single released by Lauper as a solo artist and the lead single from her debut studio album She’s So Unusual (1983).
Ms. Lauper’s version gained recognition as a feminist anthem and was promoted by a Grammy-winning music video.
Drum roll please.
It has been covered, either as a studio recording or in a live performance, by over 30 other artists.
The single was Lauper’s breakthrough hit, reaching number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and becoming a worldwide hit throughout late 1983 and early 1984.
It remains one of Lauper’s signature songs and was a widely popular song during the era of its release, the 1980s.
Oh the eighties. They were so much fun.
Thus sometimes in life, even in areas that demand that we be serious from time to time, it might be a good idea to just relax and have fun with it.
Apparently the movie producers of the independent film “The Boom Boom Girls of Wrestling” completely agree because in order to sit through this monster piece, you have to have a sense of humor and not take it too seriously.
If you for one moment thought to take this film seriously, all it takes is watching a guy coming on to your screen wearing a Chicken Mask that looks like he bought it from a K-Mart that recently closed, any resemblance to a serious movie is well…..chicken crap.
Without wearing a Chicken Mask, IMDb.com provides us with a movie description. “Six female athletic actresses who gets cast for being super hero’s on a wrestling show. After hard training and ups and down’s in the gym, the fresh wrestlers board the bus to their first fight in Las VegasS. The bus get stuck in the middle of nowhere, and the girls end up in a Ghost town together. They must survive and discover the truth behind the Ghost town.”
Well, as they used to say on SCTV, Oooooooooooooh, scary, scary, scary.
So who is the brainchild of this chicken…….stuff of a movie?
The group at filmfreeway.com educate, “Carolin von Petzholdt is German/ Asian Award-winning filmmaker. She was born in Switzerland and live in Germany, before moving to the USA permanently. She studied acting and arts in Berlin. She moved to Hollywood to study Filmmaking (Hollywood Film Institute).
She’s best known for documentaries and feature films. Her films are “From Trash to Treasure”, “Testing Life” and “The Boom Boom Girls of Wrestling”. Her Films won a number of awards.”
A number of awards? Okay. Alright. If you say so.
So what was her motivation to make this chicken……celluloid of a movie?
Here is her director’s statement. “In November 2011 I visit the American Film Market (AFM) in Santa Monica.
My dream was to make an awesome, kick-ass thriller movie like Quentin Tarantino or Robert Rodriguez, only with a much smaller budget. At AFM, while watching a panel of seasoned executives, agents, and Hollywood movers and shakers, the idea came to me in a flash. During the Q&A portion of the talk, I asked them how I could get the biggest buzz for my project with a miniscule budget, with high end production value?”
Good question. I’m going to use my beak and scratch my head to come up with an answer.
Okay, so what kind of budget are we speaking of because, as we know, everything comes down to money?
She continues, “At that moment, I made up my mind to put together a movie with a budget as ultra-low, a ultra micro-budget that looks like $5 mil. If I could pull it off, then this could change the world of movie making forever, putting the power for creative and artistic expression in the hands of passionate indie filmmakers with the will and the determination to do it.”
Five million? Well we’ve certainly heard of films made on smaller budgets than that.
So what budget did she end up with?
Wait let me review my notes. Says, $50,000. Ooops, oh chicken crap. I spilled some ketchup from my dollar menu fries onto the paper. Let me rub the red sauce away with my elbow.
Oh no. It appears that I added an extra zero. In reality it was only $5,000.
Seriously folks. I’m not full of chicken…..smoke.
Well with that as your budget, you really have to be creative and work with a lot of friends who owe you some money or favors.
Give Carolin (yes, that’s right, no E) credit. She used to be a lady wrestler herself and as those of us in the industry know, our women wrestlers can be really creative.
Hopefully we are not too hard on the film so we decided to share the thought of a movie reviewer at horrorfreaknews.com. Monte Light summarizes, “Somewhere between narrative and performance art lives The Boom Boom Girls of Wrestling. So what’s the plot? Um, a woman’s wrestling team gets stranded in a ghost town outside Las Vegas, and then horrific murders ensue at the hands of a psychopath in a chicken mask.”
Hmm. Sounds a lot like our review.
He concludes, “The Boom Boom Girls of Wrestling is currently making the festival rounds. No word yet on its distribution plans. It won Best Picture at the Woman Up Indie Film Festival. That’s actually a much deserved feather in its cap. Despite the many technical flaws and story shakiness, Von Petzholdt represents the very best in indie filmmaking. With a budget of only $5,000, she demonstrates true boldness, in an industry increasingly predisposed to blandness.”
Okay, maybe it’s just us. We took it too seriously.
At themaindamie.com Anthony Del Vecchio relaxes and has a little fun with it. “Making a film costs a lot, both literally and figuratively. It costs time, energy, stress, and, of course, some of that cold hard cash.
The Boom Boom Girls of Wrestling was completed with a budget of $5,000, and while it may not look like a movie that the Marvel Cinematic Universe may produce, for $5,000, it looks pretty good.”
Sure, point taken.
Next time we’re going to listen to Cyndi, lighten up and just have fun.
Just like we did with the cartoon Super Chicken.
Now in case you forgot the song, here it goes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xki4tWcsSK0
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