Tank Girl (1995) Film Review


I’ve been scared to re-watch this film. Scared because I remember loving the film back when it was released, and was very nervous that it would not hold up. Finally, I took the plunge. Thank God! It’s brilliant!

It’s based on the comic strip of the same name, and follows the slightly insane Tank Girl (Lori Petty), a rebel in a future-world where water is extremely scarce and controlled by an evil corporation led by Kesslee (Malcolm McDowell). After teaming up with engineering genius Jet Girl (a young and fabulous Naomi Watts) and the mysterious rippers (mutants which are part human part Kangaroo and totally gorgeous, and include Ice-T among their number), Tank Girl sets out to take over the corporation and liberate the water.

So good. Funny, a bit violent, quite dated but in a terrific way, and worth watching just to see what tank girl will be wearing next. Where is Lori Petty these days? I don’t know. Hey, Hollywood? Give us more Lori Petty please.


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