Garden Party (2008)

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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 assistant. Nathan moved to Los Angeles from Nebraska seeking to find success as a dancer, but now most of his time is spent making photocopies for Sally and her clients. One of those clients is Todd, a porn-addicted artist who agrees to help Sally get revenge for a past indiscretion in exchange for her helping him realize his greatest fantasy. Meanwhile, as starry-eyed street musician Sammy moves in with Nathan, the new roommates both have disparate ideas about the direction their relationship is headed, and everyone involved becomes hopelessly ensnared in Sally's kinky entanglements. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Garden Party

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (7)

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

Jul 22, 2008 | Full Review…
Variety
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Slow ride to nowhere.

Jul 13, 2008 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Jul 11, 2008 | Rating: 3/5

A low-rent answer to Robert Altmanâ(TM)s Short Cuts.

Jul 11, 2008 | Rating: 2/5

It's a production in search of a movie.

Jul 10, 2008 | Rating: D+
AV Club
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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.

Jul 10, 2008 | Full Review…

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.

Christopher Haskell
Christopher Haskell

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Two stars is still being gracious. Weed, porn, underage drinking, porn, weed, kinky pictures and weed.

shane haley
shane haley

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