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Party Girl (1995)

Parker Posey , Anthony Desano  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Parker Posey, Anthony Desano, Liev Schreiber
  • Format: NTSC, Color, Full Screen
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 5, 1995
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00026ZEEE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,515 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Twenty-four year old Mary is earning her rent money by throwing yet another party at her loft but, this time she gets busted. Now Mary has to rely on her godmother, Judy, to bail her out. Mary visits the library to thank Judy, who is head librarian, for all her kindness, but instead finds herself admonished by Judy for lack of responsibility and inability to hold down a job. In her defense, Mary agrees to take up a job as a library clerk. She assumed Judy would let her be, but instead, Judy constantly criticizes Mary's abilities.

Steamed by Judy's dismissal of her lifestyle, Mary is determined to prove herself and in the process realizes a sense of responsibility and self-worth. The onetime "Party Girl" has metamorphosed into a young mature woman.


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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey Hey Helloooo...... February 8, 2003
Format:DVD
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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16 of 19 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise October 16, 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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15 of 19 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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, awful video quality April 7, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A classic, very watchable romantic comedy that will really speak to anyone who grew up in the early '90s. The DVD transfer is awful, however. It looks like it was recorded from a VHS videotape. I saw this movie in the theater when it came out, and I remember well the terrific cinematography, unusual for a low-budget film of the time---the gray overcast drabness of Parker Posey's character's daily life in Manhattan contrasted with the bright colors of her carefree nighttime existence. It would be great to see that again on a proper DVD.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll have a falafel with hot sauce... November 28, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
...a side order of babaganouj and a seltzer, please.
Ok, I have seen "Party Girl" more times than any other movie (we're talking hundreds of times here). It is actually on my top five list of favorite movies. This movie is definitely not for everyone. I myself, found the movie EXTREMELY entertaining and funny. This was actually the very first independent film I ever saw and it got me into the whole Indie scene way back in the day.
What's up buttercup? The rent and I'm not paying.. NA-TASH-A!
The "imitate a cat puking" part makes me laugh to this day! Parker Posey is very very talented ... along with the other members of the cast.
A trained monkey learned this system on PBS in a matter of hours! Re-coat it!
The character Posey plays in the movie, Mary, wants to be a librarian and make something of herself. Granted, she is also a Party Girl, so this makes for some interesting scenarios in the movie. I would give this movie 10 stars if I could. Maybe I'm just partial to it because it was the first non-mainstream/non-Hollywood UNIQUE movie I ever saw and it broadened my horizons, but, who knows, maybe you will like it too. ;)
I want to be a librarian!
(I also highly recommend the soundtrack to the movie.)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 2 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 5 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 6 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 9 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 13 months ago by Ava Brooks
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 14 months ago by mr. critic
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.
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Published 14 months ago by Jason Hubert
5.0 out of 5 stars A CHRISTMAS GIFT
It was a gift,I did not view the dvd , but the person receiving the gift said it was good.
Published 15 months ago by DERALD L SCHULTZ
3.0 out of 5 stars Good film, bad transfer
Party Girl is the perfect Parker Posey vehicle--allowing her to show her quirky personality. It's a funny snapshot of the New York City underground party scene in the mid-90's. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Raul C Freitas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great movie, didnt skip or anything. Watched it all the way through with no problems. The dvd box was also in great shape
Published 16 months ago by Sarah
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