“Hurricane Bianca: From Russia with Hate”

The “Shequel”

Amos Lassen

I am sure that my feelings about this movie come from my not being a drag aficionado. I also don’t believe that making sequels of movies that are not so good is a smart idea. This film and the one that came before are cashing on Bianca Del Rio’s success on “Drag Race” and my reaction is “meh”. However, I am sure that the film will have a following.

The original 2016 film starred Bianca Del Rio as a teacher from New York who is fired from his job at a small-town Texas high school because he is gay, so he returns disguised a woman to seek revenge on a variety of wacky characters from the bigoted town. It was a clever idea but way overdone.

The “shequel” picks up where the first movie left off, with Richard (Bianca Del Rio) still teaching at the school, but Debbie (Rachel Dratch) being sent to jail for having “inappropriate relations” with a student. When Debbie is released from prison, she seeks revenge on Richard/Bianca—which eventually sends Bianca to Russia. I found only one moment that elicited a slight chuckle but most of what I saw did nothing for me or to me.

There is talent here but unfortunately it is wasted and I think that is because the script is so poor. Bianca Del Rio and Katya are very funny in certain contexts but the dialogue here is flat and the plot does not allow for much creativity. It seems that they were in such a hurry to get this made and make a few coins that no one paid attention that they were bringing a dead mule to the market.

Bianca del Rio has a reputation as a hilarious comedian who is not afraid to cut you down to size with her words. Perhaps she should have cut herself out of this movie. The film claims an all-star cast of celebrities from both inside and outside “Drag Race. Aside from Bianca and Dratch are Katya Zamolodchikova (Brian McCook), Shangela Laquifa Wadley (DJ Pierce), Wanda Sykes, Cheyenne Jackson, Janeane Garofalo, Mrs. Kasha Davis (Ed Popil).

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