“Lokillo,” aka “Lokillo en: Mi Otra Yo” is a Colombian comedy about a sexist TV chat show host forced to dress as a woman and hide out in prison after he crosses a Colombian drug lord.
This “Around the World with Netflix” offering is seriously malnourished as comedy. There’s barely a chuckle in it, at least for anyone who’s been enjoying cross-dressing comedies since “Some Like It Hot.”
What it has going for it is its messaging. An unrepentant misogynist bonds with the other inmates in a women’s prison, hears their stories and wonders if maybe his “punching down” at women isn’t satire, but just bullying.
Does Dave Chapelle watch movies with subtitles?
Yedison Flores is a Colombian comic whose name seems to be a goof on a famous Peruvian soccer star, Edison Flores. The comic nicknamed “Lokillo” (a little loco/crazy) also got a Netflix standup special that the streamer just added to its lineup.
Here he plays Jimmy Barón, host of the popular “L Hora Menos Pensada” (The Least Expected Hour) where he danced with the band, interviews guest and jokes around about women. Constantly.
“Jesus Christ should have been a woman,” he riffs (in Spanish with English subtitles). “‘Rise up Lazarus! Make your bed!'” Stuff like that.
His fans eat that up, but not professional women. A female presidential candidate doesn’t take his whole “Women should be in every high office…sweeping up” joke well. Neither does a woman in his studio audience (Jessica Cediel) who’d love to get him to visit her little sister, a big fan dying of cancer in a hospital.
But there’s this drug dealer, “The Boss,” who would love for him to come and give a command performance. Jimmy shrugs these entreaties off until the moment he’s kidnapped by two-fisted Sizu (Shirley Gómez) and her minions, who pile out of their Dodge Ram, knock Jimmy out and present him to the kingpin.
For some reason boss Agustin (Javier Gardeazábal) wants one of the most famous comics in the country to perform in drag. But just as Jimmy’s about to launch into his traumatized act, there’s shooting, Agustin flees and Jimmy is the only outside witness to his crime.
Guess who the prosecutor is who has to keep him alive to testify? That would be Lili, the woman with the sick sister, brushed off by Jimmy just the day before.
Her idea? Summon some Hollywood makeover experts, doll Jimmy up as a gender he hates and “hide” him in a women’s prison. While he’s in there, maybe he can let them know about an attempted jailbreak that’s coming soon.
Jimmy finds himself getting slapped around by the “Naranja es las nueva Negra” crowd, and bonding with them. He hears their “stories,” why they’re incarcerated. To a one, they’ve been victimized or even abused by men.
Four credited screenwriters couldn’t find a laugh in that odd set up, not a giggle in the simple logistics of shaving, showering etc and keeping Paola’s — as the female Jimmy is named — secret from the prison population.
The sentimental stuff here kind of plays, and there’s a cute Paolo-leads-dancercise class in “The Yard” bit.
But the script meanders through the lamest set-ups, from the guard (John Jairo Rodriguez) who develops a crush on ultra-feminine Paola to the snazzy, hand-held-camera prison break.The makeover and “act like a woman” lessons are handled in an unfunny montage.
And Jimmy’s act, his stage bits, aren’t the least bit funny. That’s not political correctness talking, that’s comedy savvy weighing in. Surely our star could come up with wittier bits than these.
If you want to see Flores funny, the stand-up special might be your better bet. The only characters to register as amusing here are a couple of brawling inmates, and Gomez’s punchy mob “fixer,” a tough broad in a murderously male milieu.
There’s nothing else loco or “Lokillo” about it.
Rating: TV-MA, profanity
Cast: Yedison Flores, Jessica Cediel, Javier Gardeazábal, Carla Giraldo, Shirley Gómez and John Jairo Rodríguez
Credits: Directed by Julian Gaviria, scripted by César Betancur, Yedison Flores, Dago García and Juan Pablo Martínez. A Netflix release.
Running time: 1:29