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Very conservative people might not like the plot of this film (kid
tries to get his widowed dad and an ex-hooker to fall in love with each
other), but actually everything is quite harmless and fun.
The story gets sometimes a bit silly (especially when the boy takes Melanie Griffith to school as part of his "science project"), but the acting and the comedy is good. There was always a smile on my lips as I watched the misunderstandings between Harris and Griffith, when the dad believes that she is a math tutor and the hooker believes he knows her true job.
Ed Harris does a good job as the shy father, and Melanie Griffith is believable as the golden hearted hooker. But it's the kid (Michael Patrick Carter) the one who steals the show, with his winning smile and his mixture of innocence and curiosity.
I saw "Milk Money" when I was eleven; much of what happens in the movie
is the sort of stuff that would make any eleven-year-old boy think
"Whoa...cool!" Looking back on it, I still think that it was pretty
funny, but was it the most mature movie? No, and it doesn't pretend to
be. I read somewhere that this movie was sexist; I wouldn't know one
way or the other. All that I interpreted was that the movie was a nice,
horny excuse to have fun. Richard Benjamin has proved himself to be
quite capable as a director, and this adds to that.
I know, the prostitute-with-a-heart-of-gold context is a cliché, but this is a comedy, so it passes. And believe you me, this V (Melanie Griffith) is definitely a V for vendetta! Also starring Ed Harris, Malcolm McDowell, Casey Siemaszko, and a very young Anne Heche. Really entertaining, especially the report on the female reproductive system.
I'm sick of reading bad reviews of this movie. This is such a funny, heartwarming and endearing film. One look at the premise and many people would think it's hard to make the movie work that way but it does. This was my favorite movie of 1994 and it works on so many levels. The interaction between the actors is fantastic. Even though it is more a light-hearted comedy the teenaged stars are given a realistic treatment throughout the film which is something rarely see in film. Michael Patrick Carter, Melanie Griffith and Ed Harris are all stellar. This movie is filled with wonderful enduring scenes and is truly a delight.
In some cases I'd say this is better then Pretty Woman. I say "some" with weight because Pretty Woman is a classic. But Milk Money fills that "hole" you had watching pretty woman. Ed Harris's character is sincere and attentive which matches Melanie's softness (which at the best of times can spoil her on screen performances) perfectly. It's a classic boy meets girl movie with that dash of "damsel in distress but is now hardened and tough due to life being so rough and who now finally meets a man who breaks through it all and understands and loves her for who she is" - as far as romantic comedies go- it was better then I thought it would be and even gets the heart strings welling when Ed Harris tells her "this could hurt"...The story itself can be at times almost childish, but in the end that's part of it's charm.
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I guess to simply describe this movie would be to call it a Pretty
Woman clone. Basically a guy meets a prostitute, falls in love with
her, and in the end she gives up her job for him. The problem is that
this movie is sort of lost between whether it is an adult comedy or one
directed at young teens. Basically the main character in this film is a
young teen who lost his mother and his father is caught up with this
The movie is about a group of kids going through that time when they begin to discover women and women begin to discover them. They are studying sex education at school, and instead of relying upon the biology textbooks, they decide to scrape together $100 and go to the city to see a naked woman. The woman they find ,V, is a prostitute but really wants to get out of it, and ends up helping the kids out by taking them home. She gets stuck in the suburbs, meets and falls in loves with the kids' father and decides she wants to stay, but unfortunately her past is always haunting her.
This movie is really a lower grade version of Pretty Woman. Okay, Pretty Woman was way over-rated, and in the end really did not impress me that much. This movie didn't really promise anything, and I believe that it was actually a straight to video release (at least in Australia), which goes to show that in the end, it was not really that worth getting onto the screen. Still, it was better than some of the garbage that gets up there, and in fact the movie held itself together, and had the morale ending stating that lying never gets you anywhere, but she also landed up keeping a lot of dirty money, so if there is supposed to be a morale there, it is lost because in the end that it approves of other immoral stuff.
I am always interested to see what actors can and will do in their work. I got such a strong Klute vibe from Ms. Griffith in the beginning of this movie. And it was nice to see Ed Harris just be Dad. The story itself is one of those adult fantasies that utilizes the kid mystique. Of course the-Hooker-and-the-Dad plays out an adult fantasy of its own. It turned out not to be a movie i would share with kids, in spite of its rating. It's a "yeah, sure" movie, white bread with way too much jam. BUT, i'm still glad i saw the work of the six pros who make it a viable (okay enjoyable--i enjoyed it)i'm-too-tired-tonight-to-move home entertainment. Yes, Virginia, there is a Hollywood.
That quote from Milk Money above truly applies to this poor excuse for
a movie; better to call it a flick, "movie" is too good for it.
Paramount supposedly paid over $1 million for the script (there's a sucker born every minute).
There is some decent talent here, but it is wasted, really wasted.
The pretext for this mess is stupid, implausible, silly.
It is not worth reviewing as a watchable film; needless to say, I didn't watch it all the way through.
Do not go near this flick! You will embarrass yourself, like these actors embarrassed themselves making it!
"Milk Money," every now and then looked like it was landing in the land of sleaze. It came close but never really crossed the line. Add to that no cuss words, no nudity, and a quickie anti-smoking message. Considering the theme - a trio of boys grabbing their milk money for a quick look at a naked lady - the pic was relatively PGish. It was at times funny, at times warm and, at all times thoroughly enjoyable. The youngster was delightful, Ed Harris was quite good, but Melanie Griffith out-prosted Julia Roberts. Her portrayal of the age old prosty with a heart of gold was dead on. All in all, unless you are totally nervous about the theme, I can guarantee much enjoyment
Melanie Griffith,(V) played a woman of the streets who meets up with three boys who want to see what a girl looks like in the nude. Of course, if they really wanted to do it the correct way, they could ask their dad's and possibly their mothers. However, this is a Hollywood film and it made the entire story quite funny, especially when they have a sex education class and decided to use a rather non-kosher way of presenting the facts. Ed Harris,(Tom Wheeler) plays the father to Michael Patrick Carter,(Frank Wheeler) who gets to be good friends with Melanie Griffith and introduces her to his father. This is a very entertaining film and you can find fault with this film whether you are on the left or right side in life, but comedy and laughs are good for everyone and I recommend this film for great viewing.
Bad direction, a weak script and a career-low performance by Ed Harris
sideline 'Milk Money', a movie which could've been excellent, but
Onetime-respected-actor-now-reduced-to-B-movie-star Malcolm McDowell delivers a hilarious performance with help from Melanie Griffith and talented newcomer Michael Patrick Carter, but they alone do little to rescue the film.
The first half hour or so is perfectly on tune, then everything seems to change gears and 'Milk Money' is pushed from a comedy to a sappy drama with an awful dance sequence, and an ending that's even worse. To complicate matters even more, Harris is completely miscast, and future star Anne Heche is seriously underused.
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