Garmento (2002)


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Writer/director Michele Maher makes her feature debut with the satirical black comedy Garmento. Set in the garment district in N.Y.C. during the early '90s, fashion rookie Grindy Malone (Katie MacNichol) gets a job as an assistant to Ronnie Grossman (David Thornton), executive for Poncho Ramirez Inc. She meets the other industry players, including haughty Franca Fortuna (Saundra Santiago), assistant Rimi Stone (Gretchen Cleevely), flamboyant Jasper Judson (Jason Butler Harner), and designer Poncho Ramirez (Juan Carlos Hernandez) himself. After the company loses money from a failed line of padded men's underwear, Grindy suggests they bring back their line of jeans from the '70s. Poncho Ramirez then merges with rival Romeo Jeans, headed by the corrupt Ira Gold (Jerry Grayson) and Louie Purdaro (Matt Servitto). The successful product becomes high in demand, leading to shady business dealings and an advertising controversy. Grindy quickly loses her innocence and becomes entrenched in the world of corporate greed.


Katie MacNichol
as Grindy Malone
David Thornton
as Ronnie Grossman
Jerry Grayson
as Ira Gold
Saundra Santiago
as Franca Fortuna
Jason Butler Harner
as Jasper Judson
Juan Carlos Hernández
as Poncho Ramirez
Matt Servitto
as Louie Purdaro
Adam Ramirez
as Poncho Commercial
Dean Obeidallah
as Policeman
Christian Pabon
as Poncho Commercial
Jason Pabon
as Poncho Commercial
Uzi Parnes
as Poncho Commercial
Ben Wang
as Shoji
Carol Tammen
as News Reporter
Gil Rogers
as Detective
Cruise Russo
as Poncho Commercial
Denny Dillon
as Sylvia Walsh
Danny Darrow
as Salesman
Larry Block
as Store Manager
Geoffrey Cantor
as Fred MacMoudi
Larry Marx
as Jobber
Heather Magee
as Poncho Model
David Ley
as Model
Sara Magovern
as Grindy's Mom
Michele Maher
as Reporter
Kevin Geer
as Jack Kearns
Brandon Jenkins
as Poncho Commercial
Cassidy Ladden
as Young Grindy
Jonathan Klein
as Poncho Commercial
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Critic Reviews for Garmento

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (8)

Garmento has nothing going for it.

Oct 2, 2003 | Rating: 1/5

As a satire, Garmento is toothless. As a comedy, it's funny only in spurts.

Aug 7, 2003 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

This shaky satire set in New York's garment district is consistently undone by an inconsistency of tone and less-than-assured directing and acting.

Jul 4, 2003

Despite MacNichol's sneaky verve and Thornton's sly subtlety the lead characters swiftly fade and shrink.

Jun 13, 2003

Maher's feature debut has amusing moments, but falls apart as quickly as a cheap knockoff.

Jun 6, 2003 | Rating: 2/4

A toothless, dated Seventh Avenue satire with shaky script, direction and acting.

Jun 5, 2003 | Rating: 1/4

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