NOW ON TUBI! In this cutthroat world, we are divided into two groups: those with power and those who are exploited. In The Clark brothers’ web series, Groupie: The Blueprint of a Self-Made Millionaire, the table is flipped in favor of the underdog. This review covers the first two episodes, which serve as an introduction to this world of intrigue.
Here we find six women luxuriating at the expensive mansion owned by the mysterious Bella (Renata Fajti). Lucy (Megan Hernandez) is the first to open up about her life as the Hollywood Groupie, an aspiring actress fleeing her small-town woes for a glamourous lifestyle. She doesn’t quite nail her first audition, but the producer sees something in her. When the film wraps, she does cocaine, sleeps with the film’s director, and is instantly blacklisted by the producer, who believes in her. Chastity (Alexis Calderon) is the Rock Groupie. She’s enticed by one of the members of a famous rock band to hook up when he comes to town and be his “companion” while he’s away from his wife. Of course, after their first night together, he ditches Chastity, and the other groupies steal her belongings.
“She invites each of the girls to join her ‘Groupie Academy.'”
The other girls are Maria (Katherine Nunez), the Corporate Groupie; Sydney (Princess Bey), the Hip Hop Groupie; and Kenzie (Nia Perez Herrera), the Sports Groupie. As the girls chat, Bella arrives with an intriguing proposition. She invites each of the girls to join her “Groupie Academy.” Bella will teach them the art of controlling powerful men and guarantees they will become millionaires in less than two years… but there are rules.
Groupie: The Blueprint of a Self-Made Millionaire is reminiscent of old television shows like Dallas, Dynasty, and Silk Stalking. Sex is a tool, more weapon, in this game of stealing from the rich and keeping the rest for yourself. The idea behind the show is intriguing, and worth seeing where it goes. This is a low-budget indie production. Probably the most expensive part of the series is renting the mansion where it’s set. Yet, the Clark brothers really go for it in telling a story of sexual intrigue and taking down the industry they target.
The story is light and fun, with a bit of edge, and the production values reflect that. I’m pretty sure the budget for Groupie: The Blueprint of a Self-Made Millionaire doesn’t quite approach the millions needed to get it on so-called “legitimate” television. However, its indie spirit keeps it on par with pioneers like Troma and Full Moon features.
Groupie: The Blueprint of a Self-Made Millionaire is available now on TubiTV. For more information, visit the Groupie official website.
"…light and fun, with a bit of edge..."