Material Girls

Critics Consensus

Plagued by paper-thin characterizations and a hackneyed script, Material Girls fails to live up to even the minimum standards of its genre.

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Stripped of their wealth and forced to fend for themselves when the multi-million-dollar cosmetics company inherited from their father suffers due to controversy, two sisters who have never known the simple life must finally find out how the other half lives in a high-fashion comedy about hard times starring Hilary and Haylie Duff. Ava (Haylie) and Tanza (Hilary) are teen heiresses whose charmed lives consist of little more than showing up at all the hottest celebrity parties and putting in the occasional cameo at their company's board meetings while letting the responsible adults in charge handle all of the complicated details. All of that changes, however, when an unforeseen scandal robs the privileged "celebutantes" of their car, their cash, and even their lavish home; but what's a poor little rich girl to do when everything she's ever known is suddenly made null and void? In the case of Ava and Tanza, the only answer is to use their substantial setback as a means of realizing their true potential, and put the wisdom imparted to them by their father to use in clearing the family name and proving that there's much more to life than the almighty dollar.

Cast

Hilary Duff
as Tanzie Marchetta
Haylie Duff
as Ava Marchetta
Judy Tenuta
as Margo Thorness
Ty Hodges
as Etienne
Henry Cho
as Ned Nakamori
Misti Traya
as Martinique
Brandon Beemer
as Mic Rionn
Natalie Lander
as Actress/Model/Whatever
Colleen Camp
as Charlene
Dennis Lee Kelly
as Joe Tweeney
Joanne Baron
as Gretchen
Dot-Marie Jones
as Butch Brenda
Tanya Alexander
as LaPorscha
Philip Casnoff
as Victor Marchetta
Carl Lewis
as `People' Reporter
Lalena Nash
as Hotel Receptionist
Timothy Davis-Reed
as Security Guard
Beckie King
as Actress in `Long Island'
Carson Brown
as Girl at Tribute
Kayla Ewell
as Fabiella Receptionist
Terri Seymour
as `Extra' Reporter
Suzanne Whang
as TV News Anchor
Tonya Rowland
as Fundraiser
Brad Blumenthal
as `E' Reporter
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  • Jun 23, 2011
    I was a tween when I watched this, so I liked it more then than I realise I do now. I wouldn't say it was a disastourous film but it wasn't one of Hilary Duff's best. It's your average chick flick although does educate you on how money isn't everything and the people in your life are much more important and worth more than money ever will be.
    Bethany M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2010
    This film was weak all over. 1not a good plot 2 not good acting.
    erika b Super Reviewer
  • Oct 01, 2009
    Hilary Duff is a decent actor, she's not bad. She has proven that she is worthy of better things. This is not one of them. Material Girls is one of the dumbest films you could ask for. We get some good actors, but they aren't in the film for a long time. The story is cliche' and predictable. The dialogue needs a lot of work becaues it seems as if it was rushed. The characters here are nothing near interesting and you don't care much about them. When they develop, there's nothing there that works. I think that the little girls that enjoy watching Hannah Montana should have fun with this, but everyone else will hate it very much.
    James H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 17, 2009
    It has Hilary Duff in it, which is good. The rest of the film is just a cliched mess. The two rich girls experiencing poor life is ridiculous, as they act like aliens, being unable to communicate or function in the outside world. These acts of "humour" just get more and more ridiculous to the point of sighs and groans. There's also a lot of misjudged editing techniques, such as, some of the most pointless split-screen action around. It's bubbly, cute and probably fun for it's target audience, but it has a very short shelf life.
    Luke B Super Reviewer

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