With her new film Itty Bitty Titty Committee, director Jamie Babbit (But I'm a Cheerleader, The Quiet) once again delivers a politically-charged message by dressing it up in a Hollywood-ized story, with predictable characters and a whole bunch of jokes that often mask what's really going on. Like with The Tracey Fragments, Babbit takes the reins behind a new generation of filmmakers looking to throw a wrench in traditional on-screen teenage angst by pushing the boundaries, while keeping it fresh and familiar. The world has changed, teenagers have changed and, thus, our movies will have to change ... along with our thoughts, our feelings and our ratings system.

Following the screening, the first comment during the Q&A was a call to American distributors to please take a chance on this film. Babbit, who just barely dodged an NC-17 rating with Cheerleader and spoke about the issue in the pic This Film is Not Yet Rated, might face similar issues with Itty Bitty -- what with its steamy -- yet tame -- lesbian sex, an attempted bombing of the Washington monument and an "extra large" shot of a male penis (hard to describe without spoiling the finale, so you'll just have to see for yourself what I mean) thrown in at the end. However, as of yesterday, producer Lisa Thrasher informed me a number of offers were almost all but certain. But, is the film worth it?

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