Apr 17, 2020

Peculiar Attraction (1988)


(Original Title: Atracción Peculiar) A silly comedy from Argentina about a couple of journalists who go undercover as cross-dressers to investigate a supposed transvestite invasion of Mar del Plata. Starring the comedy duo Alberto Olmedo and Jorge Porcel [see A los cirujanos se les va la mano (1980)].



Breaking news: transvestites have invaded Mar del Plata.

Francisco Barlovento (Tincho Zabala), the director of Tevelunga, an entertainment magazine, demands that they cover this story.

He assigns an editor Jorge Trolombatti (Jorge Porcel) and a photographer Alberto (Alberto Olmedo) to the case. They'll need to go undercover to infiltrate the transvestite community.  Zulema (Silvia Pérez) is the secretary.

Jorge is a bit of a womanizer - not the perfect choice to go undercover as a cross-dressing homosexual.

Jorge and Alberto get on a plane.  Alberto Olmedo really overdoes the flamboyantly gay shtick; I'm sure it was funny at the time.  Sadly, Olmedo passed away just a few days after this film was released.

Also aboard the plane are three wannabe pop singers.

Peggy (Judith Gabbani), July (Beatriz Salomón), and Betty (Ana María Ricci)

The singers believe Jorge is a record producer, and can help them with their career.  So, they launch into a song in flight.

Somehow accompanying music is playing; the girls dance around and fondle Jorge.  Things that would get you arrested on board a plane today.

It's actually a really peppy and catchy tune.

The best part comes when they tear off their skirts, revealing thongs underneath.

My expression exactly.

The other passengers get to enjoy the performance as well.  Good times.

Jorge and Alberto arrive at the airport.

Some nice looks at the La Feliz airport.

The singers spot Jorge at baggage claim.


Back at the office Francisco Barlovento, El Jefe, is admiring his secretary's backside.  He's inspired to take Zulema to the hotel where Jorge and Alberto are residing.  His wife will think it's a business trip.

Checking into the hotel, the singers meet Lorenzo Chávez (Pablo Codevila), who claims to be Jorge's employer.

So, now the girls turn their attention to Chávez instead of Jorge.

In full transvestite costume, Alberto and Jorge are out on the ledge (long story).  This attracts a huge crowd and television reporters down below.

The boss is stuck in traffic with Zulema, not realizing the delay is caused by Jorge and Alberto's situtation.

Uh, oh. Catalina de Barlovento (Beatriz Taibo), the boss' wife, has arrived unexpectedly to meet her husband.

A couple of newlyweds - the bride is Sandra Villaruel.

The bride says she'll get undressed if the groom will go in the other room. 

Still out on the ledge, after getting shot at on the rooftop (long story), Jorge slobbers over what he sees from outside...


She gets into bed, and Jorge creeps in.  He cups his hands over her butt as if warming them by a fire.

The husband returns, finding this big fat cross dresser in his bed.

Meanwhile, in another room, the boss waits for his lovely secretary to get ready.

The boss is pulled away and runs into the pop singers. 

Chávez explains to them that Francisco is actually his boss.

Naturally, the girls now turn their attention to Francisco.

Oh boy.  Francisco's wife is coming down the hall with a shotgun.

Alberto, coming in from the roof, is disgusted to find a naked woman.

It's Zulema.

Francisco is horrified to come face to face with his shotgun wielding wife.


Later, Alberto and Jorge go for a job - deep undercover. 

But Jorge keeps getting distracted by all the butts.  Indeed, this film is loaded with butts.

More butts, courtesy the pop singers at the beach bar.

More butts: courtesy Betty having a talk with Chávez.

Zulema wonders where her boss went. (He's actually been put in the hospital by his wife.)  

Jorge is more than happy to help her.  

Jorge plays doctor, and we get the film's only real nude scene.

Thank you to TV star, Silvia Pérez, for bringing some quality nudity to the film.

The hotel manager comes to Zulema's rescue.

But he's discovered to be a cad as well.

The film's climactic scene takes place aboard a big decadent party boat.  The pop stars give one of their performances.

A level of chaos that I can't even begin to describe spirals out of control.

Just don't even ask.  Suffice it to say, things circle the drain.  THE END

I don't find the straight male in drag shtick to be very funny; never have.  Worse still, Alberto's constant over-the-top flamboyance was a bit problematic.  Still, it was packed with incredible Argentinian butts, so it's hard to complain too much.
★★★★☆

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