The Foxy Merkins

A nerdy newcomer on the lesbian hooker beat in New York City (Lisa Haas) learns the tricks of the trade from a crafty veteran (Jackie Monahan), and together they solicit a clientele of psychotic Republican housewives, middle-aged midwestern tourists, and elderly women who pay in Talbot gift cards. This spritely low-budget sex comedy (2013) is essentially a parody of Midnight Cowboy, but the humor is cleverly absurd and self-aware, like Woody Allen shtick filtered through a lesbian consciousness. Haas and Monahan, who cowrote the script with director Madeleine Olnek, have a terrific rapport, and their affectionate portrait of female camaraderie anchors the silly story. With Alex Karpovsky (Girls).