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Party Girl (1995)

Parker Posey , Anthony DeSando , Daisy von Scherler Mayer  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Parker Posey, Anthony DeSando, Guillermo Díaz, Donna Mitchell, Liev Schreiber
  • Directors: Daisy von Scherler Mayer
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2003
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009AVA6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,976 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Mary is a free-spirited young woman with a run-down New York apartment and a high fashion wardrobe.She calls her godmother, a librarian, for bail money after being arrested for throwing an illegal party. To repay the loan, she begins working as a library clerk. At first she hates it, but when challenged, decides to master the Dewey Decimal System and become a great library clerk while romancing a falafel vendor and helping her roommate in his goal to become a professional DJ.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey Hey Helloooo...... February 8, 2003
I saw this movie for the first time right out of college and it inspired me to move to NYC. It brilliantly captures the recreational substance induced hazy world of party goers all over Soho. Mary, the ultimate party diva is forced to learn responsiblity when her godmother, Judy, gives her a job as a library clerk..."A trained monkey learned this system on PBS in a matter of hours!" Mary works. Mary shoplifts from other people's closets..."Hello Chanel!" Mary falls for her local falafel vendor. Mary gets the guy. Mary loses the guy. Mary parties. Mary learns something about herself...mostly that her shallow lifestyle will only last so long. The dialogue is crisp and funny, the characters are well developed, and Parker Posey's performance is brilliant. A very young and very sexy Liev Schreiber delivers the goods as well. This movie is filled with so much fun....the scene with "Natasha" alone is worth the price of the disc. This is a must have!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By Chaikin
Format:VHS Tape
Don't let the reviews praising or criticising the portrayal of club culture bias your attitude towards this movie - it is a simple and sweetly told love story, albeit with a hipper than usual setting, hilarious dialog and of course the wonderufl acting talents of Parker Posey! Other reviews also make it seem like a piece of fluff, while it is certainly not a life changing or thought provoking movie, it does operate on two levels and eventually has Parker Posey's character operate on the deeper side of life - however the party side is oh so fun! There's a sex scene in the library that is soooo lovely. "I think I'm an existentialist". I think that if you like Kevin Smith movies, you would like this one.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Side Order of Babaganoush May 30, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This has got to be one of the most innovative and tongue-in-cheek independent films of all time. I didn't know anything of the film until last year, and totally got the reason why it was revered as a cult classic among those with brains and a sense of humor.
The great thing about this movie is the leading lady, Parker Posey. Anyone who doesnt crack up the moment she opens her mouth has obviously had a seriously deprived childhood. Among all contemporary actresses, theres not one that has the instinctive comic likeability and timing that Posey has. Well, maybe Lisa Kudrow, but shes busy wasting away her life on 'Friends'.
Parker plays Mary, a Party Girl to reckon with ('I'm a girl who parties like a man', the film's soundtrack tells us). However, with bills to pay and the feeling of self-worth to satisfy, Mary falls at the feet of her godmother, who gives her a job at the library. While the film itself is irreverent, the wondrous job it extracts from its' leading cast is superb. Parker's Middle Eastern lover, her gay best friend, and her English DJ room-mate, all spicen up the proceedings, as Mary works her way through this thing called life, only to discover that the only thing that really matters is the ability to party the best you can.
Aside from spouting some of the most unfortgettable one-liners, Parker's sullen performance as a librarian, and her transformation into a care-a-hang nightlife girl is extremely watchable. I personally preferred her performance here to the more respected one she gave in the dark 'The House of Yes'. Its also far better and substantial than the one she gave us in 'Henry Fool'.
The film also has a stunning soundtrack. The only pity is that it is not yet available on DVD. While other Parker flicks such as 'Best in Show', 'Clockwatchers' and even 'Guffman' are all getting the DVD treatment, its high time someone woke up and put this to digital disc.
Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise October 15, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I picked this movie up on a whim at the video store and I was very pleasantly suprised. I had seen Posey in "The House of Yes" and didn't like the film, but liked her. The film has great music and a good back drop of the club scene between drugs, fashion-tinged clothing, and club kids. I was not familiar with Omar Townshend, but he is believable as the Lebanese falafel vendor that Posey gets involved with. This is a light, enjoyable flick and of the variety that romantic comedies should be: sweet, intelligent, and with a happy ending. Definitely worth watching!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Parker Posey! July 17, 2006
This film is a delightful, light hearted look at both sides of where the "club kid" rave scene blends with the New York art, music and performance art worlds (with a cameo by the omnipresent Miss Bunny). This is "Torch Song Trilogy" for the perky-post-teen girls. "That Girl" for our disaffected, affected millenium times.
The dialogue is fast and funny, and Parker Posey's costumer deserves - if not an academy award, at least - a stadium "wave" of kudos.
Of course, this film rests on the very stylish platform heels of Miss Posey, and she is perfectly cast. Like a lot of her acting work, it may not be very deep, it is often self-referential and, well, posey... but it all WORKS. She is an entertainer, and this film entertains, she carries it on her shoulders like a faux leopard wrap, and never lets it drop to the floor.
Mary is a superficial party fashionista who isn't above stealing desinger clothing from a friend's closet or making out with someone else's boyfriend. On a deeper level, this is a story of a girl and her friends who are care-less in every sense of the word, including about other people; and the process of learning that caring is neccessary to life.
The script is beautifully crafted, witty, and the only performance that disappoints is the Aunt, in a role that was much too one-dimensional and heavy handed; a more nuanced performance from her, would have deepened the relationship between the two... but... hey... this is comedy. The best performance is by the fallafel selling boyfriend. We should all be so lucky.
I rate this as a 4 because it isn't a great moment of film history, it is not a classic, and it is not great art (all of which get deeper and richer on re-viewing). But it has everything an entertaining film needs, and is worth viewing several times for the clothes alone!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Parker Posey is perfectly herself in this indie classic.
Published 2 months ago by Oneironaut
1.0 out of 5 stars wrong media
it was suppose to be a dvd not a vcr
i have no use for this
want it back?
Published 4 months ago by Jan Bodnar
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure
First, I could never imagine anybody else in the role of the party girl other than Parker Posey. Perfect casting! Is Party Girl considered a cult film? Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kimberly Towler
3.0 out of 5 stars I Wanted to See This
I don't think I need to see this again because of the wild behavior. Posey plays a young lady who gives parties in her apt. to earn money to pay the rent. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Saved by Jesus
1.0 out of 5 stars TERRIBLE PICTURE QUALITY; but disc in excellent condition and came...
Although the seller did say the disc was used (and it IS in VERY good condition--pristine, actually), nowhere was it mentioned that the DVD was essentially the semblance of someone... Read more
Published 11 months ago by M. Coscia
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This film is and indie classic! I love watching it in my downtime. It never gets old, regardless of the dated aspects of the film. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ian Ibiza
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a great quality transfer, but good enough for what it is
The DVD quality looks like a VHS transfer, but it's of decent quality, and for this price and for this type of small 90s indie movie I wasn't looking for crystal clear picture... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars The second best movie ever made about librarians.
This movie should be required viewing for all librarians or would-be librarians. All of the best lines are directly related to librarianship. The public library vs. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Kit Cat
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Thin
This would be a one star movie if it weren't for the fact that it's star Parker Posey is just so likable and interesting to watch doing basically nothing. Read more
Published 20 months ago by mr. contrarian
5.0 out of 5 stars review
We had seen the movie several times and just had to add it to our DVD collection. Funny great actors and amazon delivered it very quickly.....thanks a bunch.
Published 20 months ago by Jason Hubert
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