What's a Nice Girl Like You...
One Hour Fantasy Girl follows the misadventures of a young woman who offers to help men live out their fantasies. Of course, she charges for this service. But donít get the wrong idea. She draws the line at any sexual acts or illegal activities. As played by lovely Kelly-Ann Tursi, the title character comes across as both intriguing and infuriating. Because this film is based on a true story, the actions depicted here evoke extra interest plus a feeling of frustration about why anyone would decide to engage in such a dreary business.
However, itís not difficult to see that Becky Lewis (Tursi) carries a lot of emotional baggage with her wherever she goes. Abused as a child, she ran away from home at age 15. Now 20 and living in Los Angeles, she has trouble sleeping. And sheís trying to make enough money to improve her life. She thinks real estate is the answer.
In the meantime, Becky becomes Brandy, the one hour fantasy girl. But when bad things start happening, she realizes some changes have to be made. Issues of trust must be faced. For example, does her partner (Paul D. Nguyen) -- a man whose ambition is to be a successful musician -- care about what happens to her? After all, heís set her up with a very weird client (John Morgan Woodward) who demands disgusting things from her during his infantile fantasy sessions. Then thereís a new client (Joe Luckay) whose requests seem quite sensitive. Is he too good to be true?
Tursi turns in an extremely watchable performance in One Hour Fantasy Girl. Besides being very photogenic, she makes us care about her character even as we deplore what sheís doing. And other cast members provide Tursi with fine support. Iím particularly impressed with Luckay, who appears so convincing in one of the film's most difficult roles.
I applaud independent filmmaker Edgar Michael Bravo (The Three Stages of Stan) for the restraint he uses in bringing us this important cautionary tale. Although One Hour Fantasy Girl contains disturbing material, itís done with a writer/directorís eye focused on excellent visual storytelling about the people involved instead of on shocking the audience. (Capsule review)
(Released by No Restrictions Entertainment; not rated by MPAA.)