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If Russ Meyer and John Carpenter were characters on The L Word, had a baby and moved to Stepford, perhaps that child would dream up The Secretaries. The dark comedy by the Five Lesbian Brothers bridges the gaps between hilarious and horrifying as the SlimFast slurping secretaries at Coony Lumber Mill in Big Bone, Oregon, induct Patty, the new girl, into their ritualistic world of female empowerment. They watch their weight, work out until it hurts and dress to impress. They wear their hair big and their heels high. They work together, play together and once a month slaughter a lumberjack together. The Secretaries irreverently and unapologetically explores the ever-expanding human fascination with sex and violence, the journey from self-improvement to self-destruction and the question of what it means to be strong women in a modern world.

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