Viva (2007)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 30, 2007
DVD Release Date: February 24, 2009
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it's lengthy and doesn't always walk the line between schlock and kitschy homage successfully, Viva's lovely visuals and knowing humor are undeniable.

Derek Thomas
L.A. Weekly

Anna Biller's 1970s-styled sexploitation parody Viva may at times come too close to the real thing, but there's a welcome delight in the film's unapologetic and total submersion into cheap thrills.

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Rafer Guzman

You can't create camp on purpose.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Fans of 70s sexploitation films will feel as though they've stepped into a time warp as they observe the impressive production design.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The movie wears out its welcome long before it meanders to a close at 121 minutes. But as a kinky costume party it's watchable, if only for the smutty sex scenes and Biller's bold pop-art decor.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

The movie isn't comfortable or wholly successful.

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Dennis Harvey

You don't need to have seen the movies [Biller is] paying cheeky homage to in order to enjoy Viva. But afterward, you'll probably want to.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

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.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

Does Viva work if one doesn't get the joke? By and large, yes. It's still full of wonderful characters, there's the occasional quip reminiscent of Russ Meyer at his finest, and the sets are spectacular.

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