If you're hungry for a campy yet mainstream frolic filled with gay boys, drag queens, gangsters, and Anna Nicole Smith, give Wasabi Tuna a taste.
Five friends, gay and straight (Barney Cheng, Jason London, Alanna Ubach, Antonio Sabato Jr., and Tim Meadows) take Halloween very seriously. Every year, they go to the parade in West Hollywood dressed as some sort of food. This year, they've decided to do something different. Their decision to go as gangsters leads to a huge case of mistaken identity…including the identity of a kidnapped dog. Before they know it, they are being chased by a gang of thugs, the feds, and an obsessed bunch of Anna Nicole Smith drag queens (led by Alexis Arquette).
Despite its simple plot, this movie uses cliché to its advantage and ends up being very funny—sort of like Go on E. It never takes itself seriously, and never tries to be shockingly different. It's just plain fun. You get to see Antonio's bare butt, always a plus. The drag queens are perfectly over-the-top (and Alexis shines even further on the DVD menu, which you can read about below). Anna Nicole in her small role is—Anna Nicole. She nails the part. There are only a few shortcomings. Barney Cheng is grossly stereotypical as a flamboyant gay man, and although the performance is funny at times, it may turn off some viewers. But there are excellent little exchanges between he and his boyfriend (Jason London), sometimes just a look, which will cause any gay man to chuckle with appreciation. And finally, as the movie plows forward, it seems to forget the one most important element of the plot…it takes place on Halloween in West Hollywood. That aspect of the story is not exploited, and I'd say a whole different movie could still be made based on the idea.
SCENE SELECTION—18 chapters breaks.
SHORT TRAILER/LONG TRAILER—trailers for the film.
MUSIC VIDEO—this is a song entitled "Coochie Power," performed by Alexis Arquette and the other drag queens. A campy video with clips from the movie interspersed, but for some reason, the footage of the drag queens singing was shot on video, and it looks very amateur. It would have been much better had it been shot on film.
B-ROLL FUN—this is just 3 minutes of uninspired behind-the-scenes footage.
CAST INTERVIEWS—these are predominantly uninteresting, short interviews with 9 cast members. And the real kick is that they are all used in the Behind-the-Scenes segment below, and become slightly more interesting in context.
BEHIND THE SCENES—as previously mentioned, same cast interviews as above, plus some more not-so-interesting behind-the-scenes footage. Running time, 9 minutes.