Bam Bam & Celeste
Bam Bam & Celeste is a silly little road comedy vehicle for potty mouthed comedian Margaret Cho. Now, I like Margaret Cho, so I wanted to like BB&C, but most of it didn’t really work for me. I couldn’t help but be reminded of Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion and our previous Random Movie Superstar – especially since those movies share not only plot similarities, but even actors with this one – and unfortunately they are much better movies.
Back in 1987, Celeste (Margaret Cho) and her BFF named Bam Bam (I don’t know why) played by Bruce Daniels are in high school in DeKalb, Illinois. They are social outcasts because Celeste is both Korean American and Goth, and Bam Bam is African American and flamboyantly gay. Seemingly everybody in school hates them, but their chief tormentors are a trio of “beautiful” kids led by Jackie (Elaine Hendrix). Cut to 2005 and not much has changed, Bam Bam and Celeste are still BFFs, and Jackie and her crew have a successful beauty salon in New York. They are also judges on a makeover show called Trading Faces. Inexplicably, our not so dynamic duo decide to hop in Bam Bam’s hot pink car and drive to New York to appear on the show…that the evil Jackie is a judge on. Good plan.
Here are my problems with this movie: First of all, for a movie written by and starring a Korean American who is a big supporter of LGBT causes, the movie is so full of stereotypes that I don’t know where to start. OK, Bam Bam is gay…and a hairdresser. Really? A gay hairdresser? Also, everybody they meet on their travels with very few exceptions are mullet wearing redneck neo-Nazis.
Speaking of Nazis, Celeste has a thing about dictators. She logs on to a website called Dictators Suck Ass which looks like a chat room for people who hate dictators. Or like them. It’s hard to tell because she has pictures of Stalin and Hitler up on her wall. Weird.
I will say that Margaret Cho is very funny when she plays her Mom. She appears pretty seamlessly in the dual role as Celeste and Mommy, a version of her own Mom that she’s been doing on stage for years.
Also, I have to give big props to Elaine Hendrix. She plays a mean, “rhymes-with” so well. She played that part in Romy and Michele and Superstar as well, so this is her second appearance here on the old Random Movie Reviews. She is very funny here too. She’s so good at playing these beautiful on the outside/septic tank on the inside types but, remember, she’s an actress. She played a very nice person in What the #$*! Do We (K)now!? A crazy ass movie that I really really like.
The Misplaced Boy MST3K Scale:
So, good stuff by Elaine Hendrix and others saves the movie I guess. I’m giving it a…
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Bam Bam & Celeste is a unipersonal, brahminical, place of a movie! Margaret Cho is superior!!!