Party Girl (1995)
Average Rating: 6.3/10
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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
Jun 9, 1995 Wide
Dec 10, 2002
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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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.
Party Girl aspires to be cinematic champagne but comes out tasting more like sparkling cider.
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.
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.
What makes it delicious fun is Posey, a party girl for the ages.
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.
Party Girl wouldn't be as beloved without Parker Posey, the jewel in this indie crown.
It's great to see where Parker Posey established her indie cred in this too-cool comedy.
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.
To be perfectly honest, Party Girl follows a fairly predictable narrative; the quality lies almost exclusively in the details.
Independent films tend to favor low-key realism in their lead performances, but Party Girl has a real movie star turn at its center.
Spunky and sassy drama about a young woman who tries to create herself anew using discipline and devotion.
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- Mary: Keith richards would make a better librarian than me.
- Mary: A trained monkey learned this system on PBS in a matter of hours!
- Mary: I would like a nice, powerful, mind-altering substance. Preferably one that will make my unborn children grow gills.
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