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Party Girl (1995)



Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 5

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The debut feature from director Daisy von Scherler Mayer, Party Girl pretty much cemented Parker Posey's status as the indie-film "it girl" of the 1990s. Posey stars as Mary, a fun-loving and irresponsible twentysomething New Yorker who prefers throwing bashes at her loft to pay the rent over getting a real job. But when one of her shindigs gets broken up by the cops, Mary lands in the slammer and is forced to enlist the help of her librarian godmother, Judy (Sasha von Scherler, the director's

Dec 10, 2002

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Mary is a spiritual descendant of Holly Golightly, and there's an echo, as well, of Edie Sedgwick, the late Andy Warhol superstar who moved the American-princess-on-a-bender mythology into the drug-rock era.

May 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Party Girl aspires to be cinematic champagne but comes out tasting more like sparkling cider.

May 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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This exudes trendiness at regular intervals, and otherwise manages to be reasonably charming about Manhattan's melting pot culture, but my general response was still 'Wake me when it's over.'

May 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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The screenplay, by Ms. Mayer and Harry Birckmayer, has its occasionally funny lines, but not nearly enough to certify the film as a hip urban comedy in tune with the cutting edge of downtown New York.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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If bad behaviour and smugness were truly charming, Party Girl might be as much fun as it imagines it is. And Madonna might even have a decent movie career.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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What makes it delicious fun is Posey, a party girl for the ages.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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The cast is uniformly excellent -- particularly the relentlessly effervescent Posey and the imperious Sasha von Scherler, the director's mother -- and the modern take on old-fashioned romantic comedy is surprisingly effective.

May 27, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Party Girl wouldn't be as beloved without Parker Posey, the jewel in this indie crown.

January 21, 2008 Full Review Source:

It's great to see where Parker Posey established her indie cred in this too-cool comedy.

July 29, 2007
Echo Magazine

The part played by Parker Posey may be considered a modern version of Breakfast at Tiffany's Holly Golightly. By day, she works as a library clerk, by night she's queen of the club scenes, a camp diva blessed with cool deadpan and funkiness.

October 8, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Posey is so likably weird.

January 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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To be perfectly honest, Party Girl follows a fairly predictable narrative; the quality lies almost exclusively in the details.

September 13, 2003 Full Review Source:

Independent films tend to favor low-key realism in their lead performances, but Party Girl has a real movie star turn at its center.

August 30, 2003 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Spunky and sassy drama about a young woman who tries to create herself anew using discipline and devotion.

August 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Avoid it.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Posey's romp through this film is probably the best thing about Party Girl; she just may be the next 'It' girl.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Party Girl

A quirky, inventive comedy, that comes off as sincere and lovable, as the lead character. Parker Posey ruled the indie films of the nineties, starring in 32 indie films throughout the decade and gaining the nickname "Queen of the Indies." She earns that moniker as the misadjusted misanthropic Gen X party girl Mary. The film starts with a party scene in a New York loft, occupied by all manner of outcasts, including drag queens, bare chested men and glitter covered twentysomethings. The film itself is a look at that generation, at being lost, without a job or a purpose when the world is waiting with an outstretched hand. Mary is a party girl, but not a dolt headed nymphet. She makes money in the beginning of the film running a business, a business based on gluttony and freedom, partying away the shame and indulgences of youth. The film distances itself from that lifestyle, and shows that you can love the world of parties and clubs while reaching a goal for the rest of your life. Mary is neither empty headed nor inherently unambitious, and as she interacts with the different people of her life, (everyone from the New York City public librarians, friends, club promoters, and a food truck vendor) we realize she is multi-faceted. The film reeks of indie in the best possible way. The music is nineties' club music the entire way through, the film itself has nice long shots, no quick cuts, and manages to bring each relationship into focus. This film cemented Parker Posey as the "it girl" of the era and led to a short lived sitcom on Fox. Mary is a candid and earnest character, and simply watching her shift between intense intellectual prowess and party girl proves to be the main interest of the film. Simply one of the best indies of the decade, with one of the best actresses in the lead role.
January 16, 2013

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I didn't care for this movie, maybe because I'm not a party girl myself? Now that I think of it, this movie is the 90s version of Breakfast at Tiffany's. The story is boring for the most part, and entirely predictable. I did not like it.
June 7, 2011

Super Reviewer

Quirky romantic comedy about a flighty, free spirited hedonist. Parker Posey is likable as spunky and sassy Mary, a Holly Golightly for the 90s. We follow her as she learns the intricacies of the Dewey Decimal system, flirts with a falafel vendor and dances the night away at the many house parties she throws. Manhattan's trendy loft and club scene is nicely captured in this Gen X comedy drama from the mid 90s, but stylistically has more in common with 80s films like Desperately Seeking Susan and Something Wild. Also of note is actress Sasha von Scherler, the director's real life mother, who grounds the film as the no-nonsense librarian godmother who hires her.
June 8, 2010

Super Reviewer

A bit disapointing overall, but not HORRIBLE.
I always have exceedingly high expectations for Ms. Posey and she seldom disappoints.
Enjoyable, but not as good as it could have (should have?) been.
February 1, 2010
Robert C

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