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What Girls Learn (2001)

Elizabeth Perkins , Scott Bakula , Lee Rose  |  PG |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Elizabeth Perkins, Scott Bakula, Alison Pill, Margo Martindale, Tamara Hope
  • Directors: Lee Rose
  • Writers: Karen Leigh Hopkins, Karin Cook
  • Producers: Scott Bakula, Angela Spieles, Laurie McLarty, Tom Spiroff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2003
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000897B6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,037 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "What Girls Learn" on IMDb

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Two teenage girls must come to terms with their stepfather when their mother is struck by illness. Stars Elizabeth Perkins, Scott Bakula.

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Actress Elizabeth Perkins ("About Last Night...," "He said, She said") gives a bravura performance as "Mama," a quirky, eccentric single mother raising two daughters who are entering their awkward, trying teenage years. As their mother, provider, teacher and best friend, Mama shares with them her zest for life, in which the unconventional and unexpected are always just around the corner. "Normal," she claims, "is rather dull." But, true to form, there's one surprise she's neglected to tell her daughters: she has been carrying on a long-distance romance with Nick (Scott Bakula, "American Beauty," TV's "Enterprise") and had decided to uproot the family and move them from rural Georgia to Nick's home in Long Island, New York. And while her daughters struggle with the sudden addition of a new "Father" into their lives, there is yet another abrupt, startling revelation from Mama -- one that forces everyone to confront love, pain, loss and, ultimately, acceptance.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful yet tender November 3, 2003
A seeringly powerful yet tender tale about the turmoil that young women often have to cope with. Wonderful performances by a young cast and even grander performances by the adults. Elizabeth Perkins and Scott Bakula have wonderful on screen chemistry.
Based on a true story, What Girls Learn, is 'almost' a chick flick. A strong and outspoken woman with two daughters falls in love with a man who changes their lives only to meet with tragedy. Yet, despite the 'down' parts, there is great humanity here. Can't imagine a dry eye in the house.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unconvincing August 20, 2003
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The 3 leading ladies had no chemistry what so ever, even when the 3 dare share a bubble bath. The oldest daughter Tilden was the most hateful and unlikable girl I have ever seen. Not one convincing smile crossed her bland face. The lack of chemisty however had nothing to do with actress Elizabeth Perkins who is always a joy on screen. Also Scott Bakula was good too. It all boils down to heavy handed melodrama at it's dullest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful October 27, 2012
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It's a beautiful movie, beautiful story.
A little bit sad, but I like it very much.
Buy it if you like to see a young Kyle Schmid
and an handsome Scott Bakula.:)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love is a gift -- Give it! June 13, 2012
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This is a story of extraordinary and extravagant love and what can happen when they are both applied to life. The responses to this movie define the observer. Some see a somewhat flakey woman (Perkins/Frances) who turns her daughters' lives upside down to satisfy her own quest for love. Others see a spoiled, sullen thirteen-year-old who cannot accept that life does not revolve around her and doesn't go "her way"(Pill/Tilden). Hardly seen is the younger sister who seeks solutions to life as she experiences it and is more open to answers and questions(Hope/Elizabeth). And then there is Nick(Bakula).
Frances is a woman living a life of ordinary existence divorced and raising two girls. She has not, however, allowed her circumstances to steal her dream of what life can be-surprising, fun, what you make it, an adventure. She knows how to love without prejudice and knows it is "out there" somewhere if she will risk it. She believes she has found it in a long distance romance (Georgia to Long Island). It's noteworthy that it is discovered through letters and not an ever-present other. She risks it all and uproots her family to follow her heart. Something her daughters neither understand nor desire.
This is a story of great discoveries. The daughters discover how extraordinary (and rare) extravagant love is. It is worth throwing everything else away,especially surface appearances. Frances discovers that her risk costs much more than she thought. Happily ever after is not easily achieved, but it is attainable.
Enter Nick(Bakula), a quiet man who can, at times, nearly become invisible. He's not prince charming, not a romantic poet, but lives quietly, elegantly, a life of extravagant love. He loves Frances better than even she understands.
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