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Writer and director Anna Biller takes a swingin' look back at sexploitation cinema of the '70s in this candy-colored comedy drama. Barbi (Anna Biller) is a beautiful but blasť suburban housewife whose handsome mate, Rick (Chad England), is more interested in his career than in quenching his wife's sensual thirsts. When up-and-coming actor Mark (Jared Sanford) and his open-minded wife, Sheila (Bridget Brno), move in next door, Barbi discovers they're more than willing to help her find the thrills she's been missing. Before long, Mark and Sheila part company, and when Rick… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"At an epic two hours the stilted dialogue and eye-scorchingly oversaturated film stock threaten to test the patience. But as a self-conscious exercise in kitsch graverobbing, 'Viva' succeeds."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"With its copious nudity and zipless hedonism, Viva, though unduly long, is a crafty reminder of a time when the X rating was flaunted, not feared."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"There is barely an out and-out gag - and certainly none that's funny - in the whole two hours of deliberately bad acting."
‑ Edward Porter, Times [UK]
"Great retro design, but as comic satire this isn't so much soft-focus as out of focus."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"At two hours it's basically an extended sketch stretched to feature lengh and by the end the vibrancy of the never-seen-in-nature colours are reaching migraine-inducing proportions."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"You can't create camp on purpose."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"It takes skill -- a certain sly, even perverse nimbleness of craft -- to make an homage to schlock movies that treats them as works of art. Viva, written and directed by its star, Anna Biller, could just about be the third featurette in Grindhouse."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Viva lasts a staggering two hours (the audience does the staggering) and it doesn't merely end up an embarrassing bore, it gets there within a couple of minutes of the opening."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"It's the sort of attention to detail that would be admirable in a short film. But in a film that plays out at two hours it's unendurable. Paying ironic homage to bad cinema doesn't suddenly make it good."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"For all its garish aesthetics, sly feminism and wall-to-wall nudity, writer/director Anne Biller's camp-com is almost too much of a good thing, outstaying its welcome at a paint-drying two hours."
‑ Matt Mueller, Total Film
"The movie isn't comfortable or wholly successful."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"The movie pops with parodic joy--in the hoary double-entendres and presentational acting styles--and hotly lighted 35-millimeter cinematography that evokes lounge music album covers and Playboy ads."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"The plywood acting's pretty funny, as is the coy sex; what amazes is the beautifully lurid, near-fetishistic set design. At two hours, it's an in-joke over-indulged, and it's so camp the camera's practically winking, but minor cultdom beckons."
‑ Simon Crook, Empire Magazine
"Where her film lets itself down, though, is it's simply not funny; you assume that a certain kind of hipster audience may be tickled by all this, but the laughs will be as forced as those that bray out of the screen at all too regular intervals."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian
"Bums and bosoms are in abundance, although there's not enough plot to go around, meaning you'll feel every minute of that two-hour running time."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
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