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Garden Party (2007)



Average Rating: 2.9/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 6

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Filmmaker Jason Freeland draws inspiration from the eponymous song for this tale of five lost souls attempting to navigate the treacherous urban landscape of contemporary Los Angeles. April is an ambitious beauty in search of success, but can she learn to get by and keep on her clothes at the same time? Sally St. Clair is a sexy realtor with a secret past. She's got a great eye for spotting lost souls, and thrives on giving them direction in life. One of those lost souls is Nathan, her new


Art House & International, Drama

Jason Freeland

Nov 18, 2008

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Their lives eventually intersect, but in more or less arbitrary ways.

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Slow ride to nowhere.

July 13, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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A low-rent answer to Robert Altmanā(TM)s Short Cuts.

July 11, 2008
New York Times
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If we're meant to take these threads as a tapestry of L.A., then Freeland clearly needs to stop watching Robert Altman DVDs and go outside to see what the real world is actually like.

July 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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There's neither brilliance nor bite to this look at innocence lost. Next time, go Nathanael West, young man.

July 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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Freeland's film offers a poor man's Los Angeles opus.

August 8, 2008 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

This ensemble piece works if you know Los Angeles. After all, it's very possible for a homeless kid, pot-smoking Realtor, young model and a number of perverts to cross paths in that town.

July 15, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
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Sophomore writer/director Freeland doesn't quite feel like the host of this particular "garden party," but rather like the party's Sabrina, secretly spying from the sidelines.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinematical

Oddly, halfway through when Freeland strains our credulity even further, the film finally feels fresh

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A bit like Robert Altman's Short Cuts (1993), taking a look at a cross-section of Los Angeles characters, though it runs less than half the length and, conversely, half the depth.

July 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The characters aren't interesting, and the stories toggle between tawdry and ridiculous.

July 10, 2008 Full Review Source:

They're not a likeable bunch, to be sure, but the bigger problem is that there's little resonance to their stories.

July 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

It's a production in search of a movie.

July 10, 2008 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Willa Holland is the one good thing about Garden Party -- not because of her performance (which is neither good or bad) but for that nostalgia she evoked in me for young Fairuza [Balk].

July 10, 2008 Full Review Source:

A dreary drama about a group of selfish and amoral characters whose lives intersect in Los Angeles.

July 10, 2008 Full Review
Spirituality and Practice

A blandly pointless roundelay of bad acting, forgettable characters and flat drama.

July 10, 2008 Full Review Source:

A fatally fractured, disconnected mosaic of unappealing, marginal Hollywood types haphazardly interconnecting.

July 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International | Comment (1)
Film Journal International

A tapestry of intersecting Hollywood lives that illuminates nothing except for writer-director Jason Freeland's obvious fondness for Short Cuts.

July 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Not exactly a feelgood drama, but nonetheless an eye-opening peek at the ugly underbelly of a merciless metropolis that could care less about the fate of the least of its brethren.

July 6, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

Audience Reviews for Garden Party

Garden Party has the feel of a made-for-TV look at life in Los Angeles. The actors and actresses that we've grown accustomed to seeing in the passenger seat are given semi-leading roles. Vinessa Shaw is sexy and sultry, allowing for the possibly the only stand out performance of the film, though Willa Holland of The O.C. fame stands her ground comfortably.
November 23, 2011

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