Sassy Pants

Sassy Pants ★★★★

The December Project: Film #97

Review from my VOD column "This Week on Demand".

An appropriate accompaniment to this year’s masterful horror comedy Excision, Sassy Pants similarly tackles the fallacy of teenage femininity, boasting a powerhouse performance from Ashley Rickards as home-schooled eighteen year old Bethany, victim to an overprotective mother who rigorously holds her daughter to the pink-clad archetype of young womanhood. As much an affecting, dramatically abrasive investigation of the damage such gender-specific expectations can render as a relentlessly funny comic adventure, it’s an exceptionally well-balanced work of spiteful satire, writer/director Coley Sohn displaying a charismatic confidence so rarely observed in first features. Her script is so sharp, so measured, so hilarious as to make her a name worthy of careful watch. Elevated yet further by its flawless supporting cast, none better than a stunningly different Haley Joel Osment as the young lover of Bethany’s estranged gay father, Sassy Pants is viewing worthy of prescription not only to all teenage girls, but simply to all people.