A 2003 film starring Gina Gershon as an aging punk musician in Los Angeles. Also stars Drea de Matteo, Lori Petty and Marc Blucas.
- Abusive Parents: Sally's. Jacki's dad was also a piece of shit.
- Actually Pretty Funny: When Tracy says Nick peed his pants when she shot him and starts laughing, Jacki cracks up, too.
- Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Often the case when Tracy messes up.
- All Drummers Are Animals: See Big Brother Worship below. Sally herself is described as the result "if Shirley Temple and Keith Moon had a love child," while her brother's nickname IS Animal.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Almost a literal version of the trope, when Jacki describes Animal as "a convicted murder virgin without a driver's license."
- Asshole Victim: Nick YMMV, but rather than have him arrested, it might be Disproportionate Retribution to tattoo Rapist on his forehead and dump him on the street.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Sally and Tracy both get a beating, but look pretty good for it.
- Berserk Button : Jacki's age. For Animal, when anyone tries to hurt Sally.
- Big Brother Worship: Sally began playing drums because of her brother, Animal (named for the Muppet).
- Big Damn Kiss: Jacki and Animal finally get one near the end.
- Break the Cutie: Poor Sally.
- Brief Accent Imitation: Jacki does this to tease their manager.
- Bury Your Gays: Faith dies in a car accident. Averted in that Sally and the bisexual Jackie are fine.
- Calling Your Bathroom Breaks: Both Jacki and Tracy do this, the latter averting Nobody Poops.
- Daddy's Girl: Implied with Tracy, who's a "trust fund baby" and still calls her father "Daddy" when she wants money, despite being over 30.
- Drugs Are Bad: Tracy could be the poster child.
- Excrement Statement: Jacki's response to the terrible contract her manager offers the band.
- Functional Addict : Tracy, who slowly descends into an Addled Addict.
- Greasy Spoon: They have their big business meeting in a diner, which is much less glam than Jacki imagined. note
- It's All About Me: Discussed, when Tracy points this out.
It's always about you, Jacki, right now we're talking about your opinion of me.
We're talking about my concern for you.
- Lingerie Scene: Subverted. Rather than being just Fanservice, the love scene between Nick and Tracy has Nick in Goofy Print Underwear (striped briefs) and Tracy in a black bra with plaid boxers. They're high and giggling the whole time, too.
- Look Both Ways: Faith chasing some thieves, runs out into the street.
- Lonely at the Top: Mentioned and quickly inverted with "Bitter Pill."
- Mirror Monologue: Jacki does this, but in voiceover.
- Nature Adores a Virgin: Jacki dismisses Animal's attempts to ask her out. Then she finds out he's a virgin, having spent ten years in prison. He was only 17 when he went in.
He's a convicted murderer virgin, without a driver's license. Why am I finding this sexy?
- Older Than They Look/Hollywood Old: Examined and played straight. Jacki is 40 and "chasing a teenager's dream" of being a rock star. Some of the drama hinges on her being older than her bandmates and depressed because she never made it as a rock star. However, Gina Gershon (who was 40 at the time of filming) looks better than a lot of 25 year olds.
- Parental Neglect: Sally and Animal's mother wasn't much better than their stepdad, passed out while their stepdad was molesting Sally, and Animal beat him to death for it.
- The Power of Rock: As therapy, as a means of dealing with violence, as a way to build a family. Rock is some pretty powerful stuff.
- Power Walk: Really more of a "grief walk" as Tracy arrives at Faith's funeral, wearing black clothes and Cool Shades and carrying her guitar case. She still looks pretty badass.
- Rape as Drama: Tracy's boyfriend's rape fantasies and his assault on Sally. Also the basis for their Protest Song "Every Six Minutes."
- Rape Discretion Shot: When Nick descends on Sally after he beats her up. Jacki finds her on the floor.
- The Rock Star: Subverted. Jacki went to LA to pursue her dream and never made it.
- Romanticized Abuse: An in-universe example with Nick's rape fantasy. Tracy's "fantasy" of killing anyone who tries isn't much better.
- Riot Grrrl: Mentioned in a discussion between Faith and Jacki.
- Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: Lots of all three.
- Shirtless Scene: Animal gets one, revealing he's a Tattooed Crook.
- Shout-Out: Plenty, to the LA punk scene and other stars such as Tina Turner.
- Staging an Intervention: Subverted. After Tracy's already started various twelve-step programs, Jacki wants to break up the band. Both Sally and Tracy lecture her, to the point where Jacki asks if this is an intervention.
- Team Mom: Jacki, of a tattooed and slightly self-absorbed sort.
- Unkempt Beauty: Tracy.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: Averted. Tracy loses her lunch outside the club. Jacki doesn't have much sympathy for her.