• Charlie Vogelsang

Pussy Whip (2020) Review

Updated: Dec 20, 2020

An introvert desperately seeks love advice from a misogynistic hack, what could go wrong?


Written and directed by Machindra Yongya, Pussy Whip tells the short story of a boy and girl who obviously like each other but with neither willing to act on it. Benito, played by Johnny Maya, is so desperate to talk to this girl that he ends up down a misogynistic wormhole on YouTube and ends up finding a sleazy man named MacDaddy, played by Midiwa Dzino, who claims he can help people pick up girls.


MacDaddy ends up changing Benito’s personality to make him more of an uncaring and masculine guy, with the aim of dominating the girl he likes. Sadly, yet perhaps unsurprisingly, she is most definitely not impressed with his new attitude and just wants him to talk to her normally. The irony is that they both clearly like each other, but they are both too nervous to ask.


Pussy Whip is a short film produced by LOQU Films that explores the idea that being yourself is always the best thing to do. Everyone gets nervous, but it’s better to be yourself than pretend to be something you aren’t. The movie's humour is quintessentially British, from the awkwardness of love at university to the cringe-inducing ‘lad’ mentality.

This is a cute little short film about what not to do when you like someone

Overall, the small cast do an excellent job with the script they have. Maya plays a charming yet nervous student who is struggling with his confidence. It’s easy to understand the emotions he’s going through and how he’s easily influenced by a misogynistic scam.


His love interest, played by Madeleine Lloyd-Jones, is the mirror image of him - and that’s what makes them such a suitable couple. She is a smart and beautiful woman that doesn’t have the courage to ask him out and is waiting for him to make the first move. Sophie is a fierce feline who has radical opinions regarding patriarchy. Opinions collide as Benito finds himself dealing with conflict he can't mitigate. Her character gets a little embarrassing to watch towards the end - but she still puts in an entertaining performance.


There’s not too much else going on in Pussy Whip, but it’s a simple plot that most people can relate to. If you are an introvert, it’s hard to communicate with others. In desperation, you’ll go to the lowest depths to try harder. For a cute little short film about what not to do when you like someone, watch Pussy Whip.


8/10


Available to watch for free on YouTube.