If the movie Thelma and Louise and the song Earl’s Gotta Die by the Dixie Chicks were mashed together, added two kids, some touching moments, questionable sexuality, and a better ending, you would get something fairly close to the movie Drool.
Drool is about the dysfunctional Fleece family. Anora Fleece (Laura Harring) is the housewife trying to keep everything together and provide a decent home for her two troubled and disrespectful children Tabby (Ashley Duggan Smith ) and Little Pete (Christopher Newhouse) and her husband Cheb (Oded Fehr). Cheb is a horrible man, physically and verbally abusive, prone to rages and swift changes of mood. But yet Anora stays, partly because she seems to live in a dream world with a fantasy version of her husband, who is tender, loving, and everything her husband is not.
One day Anora meets her new neighbor, Imogene Cochran (Jill Marie Jones), a traveling Katty K cosmetics saleswoman. Imogene is the exact opposite of Anora, bright, extremely cheerful, and independant. When Cheb finds out that Imogene was over he has a fit. He goes on about it being that she’s black (he doesn’t put it that nicely), but you suspect it’s because Anora had anything close to a friend. Anora tries to resist seeing Imogene again but she’s just so charming and maybe Anora is finding herself more than a little attracted to her.
Of course Cheb catches them together. Fighting ensues, there is a gun, there is a struggle, and Cheb ends up on the losing side of the gun. What are they going to do now? Luckily Imogene has a plan. Bury Cheb, but not there, somewhere far away. So Anora, Imogene, and the kids pile into Imogene’s purple Kathy K car and head out on a cross the state line trip. Although it seems just a journey to get rid of a body it becomes much much more.
First of all I wouldn’t really call this a comedy. Sure there are funny moments, believe me Imogene is over the top at times, but I would classify it more dark comedy/light drama. Some parts are really far fetched but I really enjoyed this film. I like the storytelling style and the integration of Tabby’s drawings. Sure the story could’ve been fleshed out more in some parts and there is definitely some moral ambiguity in dealing with the death of Cheb but it doesn’t make it unwatchable.