This black comedy, filmed in and around Austin, succeeds thanks to the delightful performance of Coolidge as Stella, one of several disparate women who meet in a court-appointed anger-management class. The women have one thing in common: Their no-good men have pushed them over the edge. After witnessing one of their classmates slapped around by her abusive husband, Stella relapses in a big way, making classmates Alex (Graham) and Nikki (Heard) unintentional accomplices. But there's an upside to anger, the women decide. Using Stella's extermination business as a cover, Stella and Nikki set about helping other women "take care" of the men who've wronged them. A few weak narrative threads interfere with what could be a truly absurdist comedy, but the premiere's audience didn't seem to care about that as much as they did relishing a revenge fantasy that gives new meaning to the term pest control.
Thursday, March 19, 10pm, Alamo South Lamar
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