Hannah Has a Ho-Phase Manages Boring and Offensive at the Same Time


It ought to be harder to be so simultaneously boring and offensive, but somehow the new sex comedy Hannah Has a Ho-Phase manages both. This is not the movie’s only groundbreaking aspect; it is also the first feature-length film made in the U.S. with an entirely female crew—which only proves how many women also seem to be misogynists. The premise is tight in the way of romantic comedies: Mismatched female best friends share an apartment and many glasses of wine and late-night confessions, but their sexual ethics are way out of whack. Hannah (Meredith Forlenza) hasn’t had sex in months because she’s taking things slow with a new guy, while her roommate, Leslie (Genevieve Hudson-Price), a former ballerina who runs a pole-dance fitness studio, takes home someone new almost every night. They’re the respective Charlotte/Miranda and Carrie/Samantha of their binary, codependent world, and when they make a bet—Leslie will not have sex again until Hannah sleeps with 10 guys—hijinks ensue. Meanwhile, at her advertising job, prudish Hannah gets paired up with the guy known as the office player to do research for a new vodka campaign, whose rapper sponsor wants his beverage to be depicted as sexily as possible. The film is light and funny, with a few snappy one-liners, but what really sinks it is how relationships with men always carry the day—not just in the focus of the female protagonists, who would never pass the Bechdel Test, but as the determining factor in the quality of their own supposedly unique friendship.