Party Girl

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Movie Info

Although Mary (Parker Posey) has little income, she still finds ways to spend her nights at clubs. After being arrested for throwing an illegal rave, she asks her aunt Judy (Sasha von Scherler) for bail money. Judy then finds Mary a job at her library so that Mary can repay her. Initially, Mary finds the job as a clerk boring and stifling, and prefers to get to know a street food vendor (Omar Townsend) whom she likes. However, Mary must refocus her life once she loses her job and apartment.

Cast

Sasha von Scherler
as Mrs. Lindendorf
Simon Verhoeven
as Kurt/Karl
Margaret Hall
as Consignment Shop Owner
Tim Duperron
as It Twin
Robert Sorce
as It Twin
Richard Topol
as Hannah Arendt Buff
Lum Chang Pang
as Policeman
Irma St. Paule
as Mumbling Library Patron
Marion Rosenfeld
as Maid Marion
Adam Siegal
as Sheepish Library Patron
Beth Koules
as Identical Twin Enthusiast
Dwight Ewell
as Member of He-He-Hello Trio
Wendell Daugherty
as Member of He-He-Hello Trio
Teresa Lebron
as Member of He-He-Hello Trio
Ivon Rosas
as Go-Go Boy
Sabah Shayan
as Belly Dancer
Elizabeth Beer
as Hi-Tech Falafel Vendor
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Critic Reviews for Party Girl

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (7)

  • 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 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Party Girl aspires to be cinematic champagne but comes out tasting more like sparkling cider.

    May 27, 2008

    Todd McCarthy

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • 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…
  • 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 | Rating: 2/5
  • 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
  • What makes it delicious fun is Posey, a party girl for the ages.

    May 12, 2001

Audience Reviews for Party Girl

  • Jan 16, 2013
    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.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    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.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2010
    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.
    Robert C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 06, 2008
    Wacky comedy with plenty of humor. I love Parker Posey and her zany antics in this movie. Music is great also with an cool soundtrack.
    Donna D Super Reviewer

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