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ANIMAL ATTRACTION (1989).

What a stunningly demented idea! Better still, director George Cunningham pulls it off so beautifully! Presenting us (and his UCLA professors) with a mock-documentary which follows 60 MINUTES-style newsman Frank Mamber on his investigation into Tijuana nightlife and the persistent rumors of unorthodox sexual escapades. So welcome to the Casa de Hee Haw, where thrill-seeking tourists can actually sit back and watch a woman copulating with a donkey ("Thing are different South of the Border," explains one interviewee). This short pic is a wonderfully tasteless send-up of all those horrible investigative journalism shows -- done with a superbly straight face. Mamber interviews tourists, residents, donkey stud services, the lead actress, and finally gives us what we've been waiting for, Dulla and King Ricardo on stage (of course, all the naughty bits are carefully concealed). Is it real, or is it simply staged for this movie? YOU'LL have to decide, if you're not too busy chuckling at the deadpan dramatics of Jerry Cerwonka as Mamber, who redefines the term Ugly American. Only 17 minutes long, this heaping of bad taste is dead-on target and sure to offend. It's the SPINAL TAP of donkey-fucking movies (and you don't run across those every day, do you?)!

© 1991 by Steven Puchalski.