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Party Girl (1995)

R | | Comedy | 9 June 1995 (USA)
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Mary is a free-spirited young woman with a run-down New York apartment and a high fashion wardrobe. She calls her godmother, a librarian, for bail money after being arrested for throwing an... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Donna Mitchell ...
Omar Townsend ...
Sasha von Scherler ...
Lum Chang Pang ...
Elizabeth Beer ...
Hi-Tech Falafel Vendor
Hannah Buff
C. Francis Blackchild ...
Tough Guy (as Johnny Ventimiglia)
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Teresa Lebron ...
Wendell Daughtery ...


Mary is a free-spirited young woman with a run-down New York apartment and a high fashion wardrobe. She calls her godmother, a librarian, for bail money after being arrested for throwing an illegal party. To repay the loan, she begins working as a library clerk. At first she hates it, but when challenged decides to master the Dewey Decimal System and become a great library clerk, while romancing a falafel vendor and helping her roommate in his goal to become a professional DJ. Written by James Meek <james@oz.net>

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Sassy, savvy and definitely clued-in!



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and drug content | See all certifications »




Release Date:

9 June 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Baladas em NY  »

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$150,000 (estimated)


$472,370 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Daisy von Scherler Mayer, Eric Stoltz was in the opening party scene but his footage was cut. See more »


Mary: Do you realize how broke I am? What do you want me to do? I don't have a job. I'm a loser. Shoot me.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


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I Wish Parker Posey Would Get More Star Vehicles Like This
12 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Parker Posey flashes her 1,000-kilowatt smile frequently in this film, and your enjoyment of the movie will rely primarily on how smitten you are by Posey's quirky charm.

Count me as a follower. I think Posey is a hoot in everything she's in, incapable of giving an ordinary performance. I have a feeling that in "Party Girl" she plays a variation of herself, but that's just fine with me. She appears in virtually every frame of the film, but the movie isn't much of anything without her, so I welcomed the overdose of Posey.

The script for "Party Girl" feels half-assed, though I did appreciate the existential crisis faced by Posey's character and the shelter she seeks in the Dewey Decimal System as a way of bringing order to her chaotic existence. I wish the screenwriters had taken clever hooks like that further. And the ending had a conventional, all-loose-ends-tied-up quality that would better suit a television sitcom than an out-there indie film.

But none of these faults take anything away from Posey herself, so really, how serious can they be?

Grade: B

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