The oversize turquoise turtlenecks and sadly contemporary haircuts make it hard to focus on the “severity” of the film’s subject matter, as Lizzie Borden’s Working Girls becomes more humorous than pointed or life changing. Based on what the DVD describes as an “upscale” whorehouse in Manhattan, this film follows the trying lives of a few central prostitutes as they flounder under the evil empire of their lady pimp.

While the madam’s manipulative skills and capitalization on her girls’ weaknesses and need for money is painted with a grotesquely exploitative brush, the thin veil crumples in amateur next to Heidi Fleiss.

Grade: B Working Girls is currently available.