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MST3K: Girl In Gold Boots (Shout! Factory DVD)


Picture: B-     Sound: C-     Extras: D     Episode: B+



In taking down perhaps one of the seediest, weirdest, and unflinchingly bad films they’ve ever watched, Mike Nelson and the robots from the Satellite of Love pull no comedic punches.  Make no mistake, Girl in Gold Boots transcends the realms of good taste and takes its place among the gods of exploitative schlock cinema.


Originally aired April 18, 1999, episode 1002 (season 10, episode 2) features the latter-day cast of Mr. Nelson, Mary Jo Pehl (as Pearl, the Mad Scientist), Kevin Murphy (Tom Servo / Professor Bobo), Bill Corbett (Crow T. Robot / Observer), and Patrick Brantseg (Gypsy).  While by this point the show has lost some of its steam with departures of Dr. Clayton Forester (Trace Beaulieu) and TV’s Frank (Frank Connif), moments of comic genius still abound.


In the film, Michele, a downtrodden young woman tries to use dance to escape her unfortunate financial and social state.  Sounds like Flashdance, huh?  Well, Jody Daniels is no Jennifer Beals, and the seedy world of Hollywood go-go bars lacks any of the romance of Pittsburgh in the 1980’s.  Michele quickly descends into a world of exploitation, drugs, and misogyny, and Mike and the ‘Bots have no choice but to watch in horror!  Amidst the “action” of the film, Pearl suffers through an audit by the Mad Scientists’ accreditation outfit, but she’s saved from decertification when Brain Guy (the Observer) sacrifices his decency with a sexy go-go dance of his own!


While not vintage MST3K, Girl in Gold Boots gives us a snapshot of a more cynical, worldly Best Brains crew, a group unafraid to take on exploitative schlock and laugh in its face.  However, it’s obvious to this reviewer that the crew needed a mouth rinse after this one, and that came in the form of Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders, episode 1003, which we’ll undoubtedly cover in a later review.  In the meantime, enjoy Girl in Gold Boots with someone close to you!



-   Scott Pyle


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