Based on a stage play called ‘When Women Wee’, raunchy low-budget British comedy Powder Room lifts the lid on what women get up to in the ladies’ loo of a nightclub. Sheridan Smith plays the film’s hapless heroine, a suburban sad-sack who spends a fraught night of clubbing dodging in and out of the ladies’ while trying to keep two sets of wildly contrasting friends apart. Kate Nash and Oona Chaplin are the chic Parisian visitors she wants to impress; and Jaime Winstone, Sarah Hoare and Riann Steele the trio of rowdy but good-hearted local mates she initially finds embarrassing. It’s all very rude and raucous, even if the film’s observations on women’s rivalries and friendship aren’t particularly eye opening and there’s not much in the way of a plot (the sketch-show feel to the women’s encounters betrays Powder Room’s origins in Rachel Hirons’ fringe play). But first-time director MJ Delaney – maker of spoof music video ‘Newport State of Mind’, the ‘Empire State of Mind’ parody that went viral on YouTube – gives the action a vibrant energy that’s matched by her appealing cast.
Certificate 15. Runtime 86 mins. Director MJ Delaney.
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