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The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

Disinformation Company // 2009 // 84 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Brett Cullum // November 26th, 2011

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All Rise...

Judge Brett Cullum is in a very unusual act with his twin sister...they yodel and dress like men for kicks.

The Charge

A profile of the world's only comedic, singing, dancing, lesbian twin sisters.

The Case

Becoming big stars when you are a queer sister act who often yodel doesn't seem likely; in fact, it seems you'd be stuck hustling for quarters on a street corner. Yet somehow the Topp Twins became one of the most influential musical comedy duos ever to hit New Zealand, and people flock to them still at every concert they give. Thousands of people pack halls, even in the backwoods small hamlets they often play. It's hard to imagine simple country folk accepting two girls who dress up as men as often as they come out as women, but there you are. Maybe New Zealand is some magical land of advanced acceptance, or these two girls are something unique and wonderful. The documentary The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls seeks to find out what makes two lesbian yodelers a sensation.

As a movie, it's a ton of fun. I have to admit I was skeptical that I could get through almost an hour and a half of folksy girls with guitars. Let's just say the Indigo Girls are not on the top of my iPod playlists, but after about twenty minutes I fell in love with the Topp twins. It's amazing how well this piece works in making you really appreciate and understand what makes them such a national treasure in New Zealand. Not only are they great in stage shows, but they have been politically active enough to help their country mature. They have championed political causes and rallied for issues they found important. Along they way they have fought for gay rights and fought breast cancer. How can you not love them?

The DVD presentation is pretty spot on. Transfer is as fine as the footage allows, since most of it is comprised of concert footage and home movies. Sound is a simple stereo, which does just dandy with the tunes as well as the dialogue. Extras add a featurette that spends almost a half hour on how the girls grew up and got started. Then we have extended interviews and deleted scenes. The feature works well on its own, but it's nice to see some more of the girls. It's like getting an encore at a live show.

Jools and Lynda Topp are a cuddly butch pair that have enchanted audiences since their first major album release back in 1982. The problem is they are pretty much known in their part of the world and hardly heard of here. That's what makes this release so much fun. The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls should entertain a wide audience of people who enjoy lesbian twins who sing songs about cows.

The Verdict

Guilty of being a dream team, the Topp Twins steal hearts by embracing who they are…lesbian yodelers who are huge stars.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 89

Perp Profile

Studio: Disinformation Company
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• None
Running Time: 84 Minutes
Release Year: 2009
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Documentary
• Gay
• Independent

Distinguishing Marks

• Deleted Scenes
• Featurette
• Interviews
• Trailer


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• The Topp Twins

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