Alicia Silverstone plays Goody, a very old vampire now living in modern times with her new friend, Stacy. They are twenty-something vampires out on the town all night, looking for a good time and a cute boy. As modern vampires, they don’t feed on human flesh, they only use rodent blood. But when Cisserus (the vampire who ‘turned’ them, played by Sigourney Weaver) comes to town, she starts to feed on humans. This threatens to disrupt the girls’ lifestyle, exposing them to their beaus, and to the local vampire hunters. The girls fight back – all in the name of love.
Amy Heckerling, the woman who brought us Fast Times At Ridgemont High, and Clueless, makes a valiant effort to produce another ‘hip and happening’ film, an analysis of popular culture, the utilisation of contemporary themes.
I thought I’d hit the jackpot when I saw this film on the shelf. I was looking forward to seeing two fun actors, together with one of my favourite directors, but I was immensely disappointed in this ‘vom com’ or ‘vamp com’. It’s really not good. And it’s not as though I don’t understand the concepts of fun and frivolous, light and laughable, and all the trivialities of a romantic comedy film – I very much do! But I still found myself unable to appreciate it.
What I do like is the way that Heckerling deals with issues of age and ageing for women. I also like the way she has a cute critique on the use of social media throughout the film. But it doesn’t make up for the fact that the script jumps all over the place, and fails to tie together the endless threads in any meaningful way.
Leave it on the shelf for the young ones.