||And now for something completely different: From Sebastian Gutierrez, scripter of Gothika and Snakes on a Plane, comes Women in Trouble, a wildly uneven but compulsively watchable mix of high camp and grand passions, soap opera and softcore sex. Very much in the deliriously lewd style of Pedro Almodovar -- who has co-written unproduced scripts with Gutierrez, and gets a shout-out in the closing credits -- this exuberantly uninhibited indie has the anything-goes spirit of something tossed off in a single burst of collaborative energy. Auds and critics will have mixed reactions, but theatrical and homevid potential is undeniable...As director, Gutierrez serves his saucy scenario well, maintaining a pace that seldom decelerates from a hot trot while maneuvering through a busy patchwork of interconnected plotlines. But the candy-colored blur wouldn't count for nearly as much without the full-throttle perfs by a virtually all-femme cast, led by a gorgeously game Carla Gugino and a sexily perplexed Adrianne Palicki...Gutierrez's delicate balance has potent impact in Palicki's hilarious yet heartfelt third-act monologue about a childhood trauma. At times, however, the strain shows. It takes a lot of heavy lifting by Gugino to keep the pic from sprawling into tedious silliness as Elektra describes, at length, a bestselling product modeled after a key portion of her anatomy...Standouts among the ensemble cast include Sarah Clarke as a therapist driven to drink by her cheating husband (Simon Baker), Marley Shelton as a starstruck flight attendant who courts disaster while joining the Mile High Club, and Isabella Gutierrez (the writer-director's daughter) as a shrewd adolescent who's more level-headed than many of the adults around her...Reportedly filmed in 12 days by an economy-size crew on a no-frills budget, Women in Trouble is a slick and sexy package with a pulsating score by Robyn Hitchcock and arrestingly bright production design by Daniel Mailley. There's a kicky pop-art look to scene transitions and a refreshing snap to the script's profanely funny dialogue...And, like it or not, there's more to come: After the pic's world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, Gutierrez announced he has already completed the second chapter in a planned trilogy.