There’s a new movie coming out, a supposed comedy, called Is That A Gun In Your Pocket? with the tagline: “They have their men by the barrels.”
Here’s the premise: All the married women in Texas town decide they don’t want any guns around anymore, so to force their knuckle-dragging husbands to give up their firearms, they begin withholding sex as a kind of blackmail.
When that doesn’t work, they do everything they can to make themselves extra attractive in order to torture their husbands into giving in and 86-ing their guns.
“Short skirts and cleavage. Show off those gams like proper sluts,” says Cloris Leachman, playing another foul-mouthed elderly woman part.
She’s pretty much the biggest name on the cast list, except for maybe Horatio Sanz (the once heavy-set guy who did all those sketches with Jimmy Fallon on Saturday Night Live, who’s not that heavy anymore, or on SNL for that matter.)
The trailer gives brief flashes of what is to be construed as the reason for the women’s anti-gun feelings: two boys are seen pulling what looks to be an old broomhandle Mauser from a backpack and then the sound of a gunshot.
“If there’s one thing that the men of Rockford Texas love as much as their women, it’s their guns. But when a gun incident at a neighborhood school spurs one stay at home mom, Jenna (Andrea Anders), to rethink Rockford’s obsessive gun culture, life in this idyllic town is turned upside-down. Much to the chagrin of her husband, (Matt Passmore), Jenna ignites a movement by recruiting the women to withhold sex from the men until every gun in Rockford is vanquished. A wild and hilarious showdown ensues between the sexes. As tensions and libidos rise, the men and women of Rockford must decide what’s really important: keeping the peace or getting a piece.”
Not only does the film seem to flippantly make light of what many consider a very serious topic, but it does so with an utter lack of originality.
The plot is obviously based on the Ancient Greek story of Lysistrata by Aristophanes, “a comic account of one woman’s mission to end the Peloponnesian War.” In the story, the titular character persuades the women of Greece to “withhold sexual privileges from their husbands until they negotiate a peaceful end to the war.”
But the lessons of the story, first performed in 411 B.C., change when the setting is moved to a peaceful, suburban town in modern-day Texas, where apparently none of the women are gun owners—even though women are the largest and fastest growing segment of gun owners in the country.
Not only that, the idea of updating the ancient comedy for the modern day isn’t even original. Just last year Spike Lee made a film called Chi-Raq, which was self-proclaimed to be an update of Lysistrata, which dealt with gang violence in Chicago. The story has been used previously for The Second Greatest Sex (1955) and The Baggy Trousers Case (1955).
Is That A Gun In Your Pocket will be released on September 16.