Wisegirls (2002)




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David Anspaugh's mix of female bonding and mob drama, Wisegirls concerns a trio of waitresses. Meg (Oscar winner Mira Sorvino), wise-talking Raychel (Mariah Carey), and wannabe dancer Kate (Paul Thomas Anderson regular Melora Walters) grow close while working at an Italian restaurant. After saving a man's life at the eatery thanks to her time in medical school, Meg begins to realize that the establishment is mob-controlled. Soon she must hide the dead body of her boss (whose "whacking" she indirectly caused). Eventually, Meg discovers secrets about her two friends and is forced to risk her life in order to gain information on the mobsters. This mix of gangster film and female bonding screened at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama
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Lions Gate Films


Mira Sorvino
as Meghan
Mariah Carey
as Raychel
Saul Stein
as Humberto
Joseph Siravo
as Giovanni
Noam Jenkins
as Garcia
Arthur J. Nascarella
as Mr. Santalino
Christian Maelen
as Frankie Santalino
Michael Egan
as Joey Jr.
Dax Ravina
as Tony
Lisa Ward
as Frankie's Girlfriend
Peter Baylis
as Collegiate Man
Jere Gillis
as No Nose
Isa Thomas
as Grandmother Nell
Karen Giordano
as Angela Fontaine
Jan Glenham
as Cadaver
Tina Bruno
as Mrs. Saladino
Jeremiah Sparks
as Detective Levine
Steve Alonso
as DEA Officer
Lisa Croft
as Bartender
Rudolfo Meloni
as Restaurant Patron
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Critic Reviews for Wisegirls

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

It's a good film -- not a classic, but odd, entertaining and authentic.

Full Review… | June 2, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The piece plays as well as it does thanks in large measure to Anspaugh's three lead actresses.

August 21, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

What really surprises about Wisegirls is its low-key quality and genuine tenderness.

May 30, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

By-the-numbers yarn.

Full Review… | December 8, 2002
Film Threat

Mariah Carey gives us another peek at some of the magic we saw in Glitter here in Wisegirls.

October 31, 2002

Looks and feels like a project better suited for the small screen.

Full Review… | August 29, 2002
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Wisegirls

Carey is bad, and the film suffers for it. I never liked Melora Walters either. Not very exciting, and the action sequences are marginal, but reasonably well-crafted.

Mike Bierman
Mike Bierman

Actually a lot better than what I expected. I only watched this one because it was leant to me, and also I really like Mira Sorvino, so decided to give it the benefit of the doubt despite how bad it looked. First of all, Mariah Carey is awful in this. Just awful. She has gained a little more respect from me since she did "Precious" (i did not even recognise her in that one!) but this is 2002, and her performance is right up there with Glitter. Also the "mob" guys are very cliched and not the best acting.(Also kind of racist, as one of the waitresses remarks that all Italian restaurants are run by criminals. Nice). Mira Sorvino is good, I think she normally is. Luckily the story mainly follows her as Meg, a woman who has had some type of trauma (I don't think they every fully explain what, or maybe I just missed that part - although I honestly did watch this one all the way through!). She has come home to stay with her Grandmother who seems to have some type of dementia, and she gets a job in an Italian restaurant. It's obvious the guys running it are pretty shady, but the full extent of it doesn't become apparent until she is in too deep to leave, setting up some horrible and unsettling situations. In the meantime she has made good friends with the other two waitresses there played by Mariah and Melora Walters (who is okay - not outstanding - but next to Mariah, definitely okay). This strikes me as a straight to DVD movie. I was so-so with it until about an hour in when it does pick up and it has a few interesting twists, the final one which actually left me teary. (However, I think that was more to do with a personal issue in my life over a friend I lost - I really don't think the acting was that great in this to credit it with that!). I didn't mind this movie. Definitely there are worse ones to spend an hour and a half with.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

This movie is absolutely FABULOUS, definitely one of Mariah's most promising performances. The acting and story of this movie are amazing and Mira Sorvino showcases her amazing ability as Meg, who looks for a new life with her grandmother after the tragic death of her husband. The story and characters are all fabulous and it's definitely got a twist that you wouldn't expect at the end.

Danielle Akins
Danielle Akins

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