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There are no implausible low-brow gags and none of the characters waste any time on the screen. A lot happens in this tight little film and at the end of it, you feel like you've been told a complete, entertaining story, which is a pretty rare thing to see in today's cinemas.
Speaking of which, this movie got shafted. Straight-up. If it had been given a decent post-production life, release, and advertising campaign, it could've put some serious booties in the theater seats and people wouldn't have felt like throwing popcorn and pickles at the screen halfway through it.
This is one of those movies that, unlike most studio-driven, profit-turning garbage pile films today that are filled with hack dialogue and desperate marketing tactics, makes use of a talented cast & crew with the purpose of making a statement (or several, in this case) about the modern world. And you get to laugh plenty before the credits roll.
Does that sound like a bad deal? I don't think so.
The script and direction are well done by Amy Heckerling and it's nice to see her re-team with some of the cast that shined in her crowning-achievement, Clueless (Stacey Dash, Wallace Shawn, and of course, Paul Rudd).
This is definitely a fun romantic comedy worth seeing. The supporting players are all great, especially Saoirse Ronan, who plays Michelle Pfeiffer's daughter, gives a terrific performance. Stacey Dash is fun as well playing a B-rated actress with a diva attitude.
hope Michelle doesn't cave in for any plastic surgery - she earned every one of those lines and looks fab! When is she going to record an album???? Voice is great! Thanks Michelle for another great DVD for my collection. Can't wait for Personal Effects.
It also starred some of my favorite actors: Michelle Pfeiffer, Tracey Ullman and Paul Rudd, who I loved in Clueless. My husband and I watched it last night and we both loved it. We laughed out way through this story of an older woman (Pfeiffer) who's a bit bitter about relationships (the Barbie playacting with her daughter is hysterical) who meets and becomes involved with a younger man (Rudd).
There are also brilliant performances by Tracey Ullman and Saoirse Ronan who plays Michele's daughter and is a raising young star. It's a very funny and heartwarming movie and highly recommended.
Then she spectacularly crashed and burned with the appropriately named "Loser" (2000). That career breaker would be in the running for a "worst film of all time" designation, were it not for its modest scale. Nonetheless it exposed huge deficiencies in Heckerling's writing talents, acting for the camera directing skills, and basic judgment.
Six years and no films later she was finally able to cobble together another modest scale film "I Could Never Be Your Woman", which is much closer to "Loser" in concept and execution than to her successful films.
Heckerling is at heart an expressionistic movie-maker; a fine quality except that mainstream audiences, used to a steady diet of movie realism, sometimes just don't get it. Her two main successes were situations where the surreal stuff was an ironic undercurrent masked by a realistic facade. With "Loser" her elements went out of balance and she repeats this same mistake in the main storyline here; a blend of the Hollywood insider story Altman did so well in "The Player" and the standard Lifetime Channel exploration of female angst, aging, and discontent.
Fortunately there is parallel storyline involving the main character's middle school daughter, which allows Heckerling to get back to what she does best. And even more fortunate is the casting of newcomer Saoirse Ronan in this role.Read more ›
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saoirse at 11 playing valley girl awesome.!!! .shame this was never released to theaters sure sat through worse movies than thisPublished 13 days ago by steven lutkevich
Paul Rudd is god. What more do I need to say? This is a fun movie with an intelligent script and delightful performances by everybody. Get it for Rudd's dance scene alone.Published 1 month ago by LKRigel