Career Girls (1997)

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Two seemingly self-assured and successful friends reminisce about their college days only to unpack the emotional baggage they have both been carrying for six long years.
Rating:
R (For language and some sexuality.)
Genre:
Drama
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Cast

Joe Tucker
as Adrian
Kate Byers
as Claire
Mark Benton
as Ricky
Andy Serkis
as Mr. Evans
Margo Stanley
as Ricky's Nan
Michael Healy
as Lecturer
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Audience Reviews for Career Girls

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Develops into an insightful meditation on the nature of friendship, as well as a peek into the psyches of two people who think they've dealt with the past but have actually only pushed it aside.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Two former university roommates reunite six years after graduation. Their professional visages and professional demeanors indicate that they have overcome the uncertainties, insecurities and emotional hurdles of youth. Both are now confident professionals who have reinvented themselves. They have metamorphosed from unworldly, naive, socially and romantically inexperienced schoolgirls into very together young women. Or have they? As the pair rekindle their relationship and reminisce about college days, ghosts from the past are unleashed. The spirits from bygone college days seem to beckon to the old closeted skeletons that were once locked away, but never confronted or reckoned with. As the girls metaphorically unpack their bags for the weekend reunion, both are forced to brave the issues that emerge from emotional baggage they still carry, but which neither has cared to acknowledge. Career Girls manages to slash away our veneers and force us to examine the shaky framework underneath in a way that is vaguely reminiscent of The Boys in the Band,

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Career Girls is similar to the more cynical and socially indicting, The Vanities by Jack Heifner (stage production, NOT the musical). The Vanities is a comedy-drama centering on the lives and friendship of three Texas cheerleaders starting from high school. It charts the course of their friendship as well as each girl's individual development as influenced by popular culture, myths and stereotypes. Flashbacks reveal the evolution of their attitudes, misconceptions and social maturation. We see in a satirical and poignant way how life experience shatters the myths, challenges the stereotypes, and re-molds their characters from being naive cheerleaders to becoming rebellious, cynical, and oh-so worldly. The Vanities provides a humorous parable about how we progress to become 'older and wiser.' It builds on issues and observations that are ubiquitous enough for us to see ourselves in a way that makes us laugh at times, wince and bite our lips at others. The Vanities saw one of the longest Off-Broadway runs on record., The non-linear plot device of using flashbacks in Career Girls produces the same effect. It both charts and silhouettes the girls' journey from 'there' to 'here.' Career Girls traverses a briefer time period than The Vanities, from college to six years after. The focus is on relationships rather than character, what becomes of relationships, what effect they have on the girls, and how and where the outcomes have steered their lives and psyches. Whereas The Vanities makes us laugh, scoff, and cringe, Career Girls makes us laugh, cry and reflect. The ending to Career Girls, is less cynical than that of The Vanities, but no less devastating. It is poignant, but also sad to the point of being upsetting. It compels us to ponder many of life's more emotional 'what might have been's, in a disturbingly personal way. Movie trailer at: http://www.videodetective.com/titledetails.aspx?PublishedID=7130http://www.videodetective.com/titledetails.aspx?PublishedID=7130

Steve Strange
Steve Strange

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When a movie's only problem is being too realistic you have a winner on your hands. The characters lives' don't change overnight, there isn't a big happy ending and the outlook is somewhat bleak. Mike Leigh has a true slice of life picture on his hands here.

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Paul Pastoor

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