For the most part, this is a watchable, sexy, and intelligent first feature (1993) by Australian documentarist Susan Lambert, working with a script by Jan Cornall and a Sidney setting, about two best friends in their 30s (Victoria Longley and Angie Milliken) who create adult comic books together. Longley, who lives in the country with her partner and their young daughter, is facing a crisis because she’s pregnant and he’s having an affair with a younger woman; Milliken desperately wants to have a baby but finds herself incurably single. Parts of this movie are irritatingly coy and extraneousthe fantasy interludes stemming from the graphic novel/detective story the two women are working onbut these interruptions take a backseat to the talk and adventures the women have over a single day. (JR)

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