Picks and Pans Review: Monkey Grip

updated 12/05/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/05/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

Australia's answer to An Unmarried Woman is largely a dud. Noni Hazlehurst, who bears a striking resemblance to Jeanne Moreau but is hardly a comparable actress, plays a single mother trying to make her way in the arty underground of Melbourne. She neglects her young daughter in favor of a man she has just met. She sticks with him, even though she finds out he's a junkie, lies to her, cheats on her and steals from her. The movie grinds relentlessly on, long after the point is made. The only relief from tedium is Christina Amphlett, the volcanic, sexy leader of the real-life rock group the Divinyls; she's a female Mick Jagger, all sweaty and gyrating on stage. If the movie had a few more scenes with Amphlett singing (she also has a minor role as a jilted girlfriend), it would be worth the price of admission. As it is, it would be worthwhile only on discount night. (No rating)

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