Shorts Girls in Cinema: Zeus & Roxanne
The true shorts girl aficionado must be, of all things, a realist. There are plenty of films celebrating the shorts girl that are good & well appreciated, such as Jurassic Park,
or films that have become obscured by time, but deserve another look, such as Coach with Cathy Lee Crosby filling the most amazing little shorts with her astonishing legs.
There are bad films that still have the capacity to charm with their unintended camp, such as Roger Corman’s “Swamp Women”.
Then there’s “Zeus & Roxanne”
A 1997 effort from a director named “George Miller” about whom IMDB carefully reminds readers is not the auteur of the “Mad Max” series.
& well they should.
"Zeus & Roxanne" is a terrible, lifeless, predictable movie with a story based on contrived & utterly predictable Hollywood cuteness masquerading as drama.
& yet it belongs in a place of honor in the cinema library of every shorts girl fan. Because in it Kathleen Quinlan wears short shorts quite a bit
& she looks amazing in them!
E.g., early on she’s on her way to her job as a marine biologist wearing little khaki shorts, which get stained by her neighbor’s (Steve Gutenberg, never more insipid) little dog. Nearly any other actress would have taken that opportunity to change into trousers—because we all know that no woman in a professional setting can be taken seriously unless she wears long trousers ‘cause that what a man would typically wear.
Instead she reappears in denim short shorts.
Shannon K. Foley, as the comically malevolent Claude Carver’s assistant, also does her bit, & then some, in wonderfully fitted & professional-looking denim short shorts.
So keep an eye out at yard sales & swap meets for a $.99 copy of “Zeus & Roxanne.”
If your friends see it on your video library shelf & start to question your taste, then they probably don’t know you that well to begin with…