Lisistrata (2002) is a Spanish production based on a
Ralf König comic book, which is in turn based on the most famous
Greek comedy by Aristophanes. In the original Greek play, the women
of Athens and Sparta tire of the constant wars. Organized by
Lisistrata, they deny sex to the men until they stop the fighting.
Breast exposure from Cristina Sola, Gloria
Cano, Marina Gatell, and several unknowns.
Ralf König's version has an additional twist or two.
After a few days, the men are all sporting huge erections, making it
difficult to fight. Also, the women are holed up with the entire
treasury. Then, one of the local transvestites has a stroke of
genius. He convinces the commander that homosexual acts when women
are not available, and done for the good of the country, do not make
you gay. The commander orders all the men to find relief this way.
Problem is, the men come to enjoy it. The battlefield also does not
go well, as the opposing soldiers are too busy kissing to kill each
The widescreen, anamorphic
Region 2 DVD is only available in Spain 2.
This film was a much-anticipated treat for many in
Spain because it stars many women from popular TV sitcoms, but the
quantity of nudity was disappointing. Furthermore, I didn't find the
broad farce amusing, and the performances were all far over the top.
Critics Vote ...
- It grossed only about $700,000 in Spain,
and has not been released elsewhere.
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Based on this description,
this is a C-.
Perhaps those who enjoy this sort of comic book satire might
enjoy it more.
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