Charlie: Fourierism was tried in the late nineteenth century... and it failed. Wasn't Brookfarm Fourierist? It failed.
Tom: That's debatable.
Charlie: Whether Brookfarm failed?
Tom: That it ceased to exist, I'll grant you, but whether or not it failed cannot be definitively said.
Charlie: Well, for me, ceasing to exist is - is failure. I mean, that's pretty definitive.
Tom: Well, everyone ceases to exist. Doesn't mean everyone's a failure.
thank god I was so wrong. I'm no rich kid but I like how sometimes
directors portray this type of people in a very human way. Whit
Stillman did this at it's very best (Wes Anderson also did a great
job with portraying rich kids in the amazing 2001 film The Royal
Tennenbaums which is an awesome film). Set during the 1990
debutante season in New York this one gives you an inside look
at a world that not many of us can't enter or even have a glance
at it. Although not much happens in the film the excellent dialogue
written by Stillman himself does justice to the lack of action on
the film. Many people will think that these people are snobs but
hey, I thought that they are cool snobs and very normal kids.
"Metropolitan" is an original look at a group of upper class NYC youngsters (referred to "urban haute bourgeoisie" by one of the characters) during Christmas break at the time of the debutante ball season. A relative outsider, mid-class student Tom Townsend (Edward Clements), becomes part of this group of friends although he claims to not approve all they do. He shakes up the group and the heart of Audrey (Carolyn Farina) despite his admiration for another girl. This conversation heavy film provides some interesting insights into this unique upper crust of society as these teens try to speak serious topics while accidentally succumbing to the fact that they are still young at the end of the day and care most about gossip and who slept with whom. This isn't a very entertaining or easy movie to sit through but there is much to admire in retrospect. Writer-director Whit Stillman received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay for his feature debut.