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Equinox Knocks

Review of the feature film

Equinox' rocks
Caleb (Guilford Adams) learns how to shave in 'Equinox Knocks.'

Campy Texas football comedy tackles gender roles with surprising results

By Kat Lyon
Austin 360 Staff

Posted: Sept. 7, 1999

It's hard not to like a film that tackles a longstanding bastion in Texas culture, like football, and makes complete fun of it. In fact, "Equinox Knocks" does more than just poke fun at football. It's a film that challenges long held notions about gender and high school sports in a smart, and comedic way.

Allie Black (Katherine James) is a high school athlete at the top of her class. When she's not hanging out with her boyfriend, Matt (Sean Corrigan), the star quarterback of the football team, or dreaming of attending Harvard, Allie's trying to fend off the popular school tramp Lynette's (Amber Lea Voiles) attempts to steal her boyfriend.

After Lynette successfully manages to get Allie banned from the Fall dance, and seduce Matt, Allie turns to her best friend, Courtney (Debra Cassidy), a practicing witch, for comfort. It's in the middle of Courtney's ritual during the autumnal equinox that Allie makes a wish that she were a boy, and by morning her wish has come true. When Courtney and Allie visit a magician passing through town, they learn that Allie, now Caleb James (Guilford Adams), must wait 9 weeks until the next time when the Earth's shadow passes over the moon to change back to a girl. With time on his hands, Caleb not only joins the football team, but seduces Lynette as revenge for her transgressions -- with hilarious results.

"Equinox Knocks" is so over-the-top campy, with an outrageous story and characters, that you can't help but like it. The story is rich with references to the nuances of life in a small Texas town -- like the religious fervor that high school football demands from the locals, not to mention the zany characters found throughout the town. Thanks to a great story and cast -- especially Guilford Adams' wacky portrayal of Caleb -- the film delivers the laughs at nearly every turn.

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