Leave all the drama and religious subtext to Lady Gaga, Katy Perry just wants to have fun. A great deal of her appeal remains her ability to play both the total glamor puss and the girl next door.
In the adorable video for â€œLast Friday Night (TGIF),â€ Perryâ€™s nerdy alter ego Kathy Beth Terry undergoes the best transformation since Marcia Brady made over her ugly duckling buddy, Molly, into a swan. And then Molly gets all the attention.Â Does Katy/Kathy get the prince... well, yes she does, in the sweetest possible way.
Plus, she extends Rebecca Blackâ€™s fifteen minutes of fame as the â€œFridayâ€ singer oversees the changes and administers a mean lip wax.Â That scene, plus when the nerdy Kathy tries to bite one of the silicone chicken cutlets thatâ€™s about to help stuff her bra, makes me laugh. And thatâ€™s before weâ€™ve even gotten to the Kenny G sax soloÂ (mad props to both him and Michael Bolton--theyâ€™re touring together, by the way--for realizing they can become hip through letting themselves be the butt of the joke.
Anyway, all of Kathyâ€™s Bethâ€™s transformations and transgressions are caught on camera and posted on the web for all to see. This is 2011, after all.
Itâ€™s a fun, sweet clip. Weâ€™ll see if it helps propel â€œLast Friday Nightâ€ to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, which would make it her fifth chart topper from â€œTeenage Dream.â€
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