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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

An Insightful, often hysterical and silly at times movie!

Author: ( from United States
13 April 2008

I remember Parker Posey on "As The World Turns" before she became the Queen of the Independent movies. In this film, Posey shows her potential as a top fledged actress. In this film with supporting cast that includes Omar Townsend as Moustafa, a Lebanese immigrant who works as a falafel salesman on the street, who aspires to become a teacher. The supporting cast features a wonderful actress who plays her godmother and only family relative as Judy, the librarian who is old fashioned, dedicated and menopausal. Posey as Mary learns that she has to grow up and mature. Losing her librarian clerk position makes her realize how much she misses it as a place in her life. Mary's life is surrounded by friends in the Lower East Side Village of New York City before it became gentrified with yuppies. This film is quite good for an independent and I have come to enjoy Parker Posey as Mary as well as other characters in other films.

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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Posey is yet again fab!

Author: jackroberts2000 from Chicago, IL
12 February 2006

A great 90's flick! Parker Posey is fabulous in this story about the nightlife in Manhattan that requires so much cash. Posey gives an amazing performance as a librarian and a night crawler. This is a good, light movie for Saturday night before you go out. The soundtrack rocks, the outfits are out of this world, the script is funny and the actors do a great job. The redeeming value : you can make it in this world if you try, just find your niche. I believe Parker Posey is the PERFECT actress for this kind of character: young, fabulous and broke. (You must look up the movie "Clockwatchers" ). If you watch Party Girl you are bound to have a good time. Enjoy!

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2 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

sisyphus, anyone?

Author: gisellemead from United States
23 April 2006

am i the only one who saw the connection between the discussion of camus 'the myth of sisyphus' and mary's life? in camus version a man is condemned to spend his eternity with a giant boulder that he must roll up a hill. unfortunately every time he reaches the top the boulder slips and ends up back at the bottom for him to start. there may have been a buzzard pecking at his eyes, i'm not sure right now. in the movie mary spends her life struggling to get her life together, unfortunately every time she gains any footing she falls and loses everything. case in point would be the party she throws where she gets intoxicated, offends her falafel lover, and is practically attacked by liev schrieber. in case you question this theory, note how this scene ends with her attempting to climb a flight of stars while books fall from nowhere impeding her progress until ultimately she passes out. the next morning when she awakens she is still on the stairs, never having reached the top.

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3 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

nice clothes

Author: K8-2 from USA
4 November 1998

This is a cute movie, but what's even cuter about it are the clothes Posey gets to wear.

Great clothes, cute love interest, funky camera angles and an uplifting ending make for a fun under-dog story.

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4 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Behind the fun it's aweful.

Author: clunker
19 February 2002

Party Girl's basically a movie about how your friend's superficial, mean-spirited, disenchanted mom got to be that way. It's a fun movie with good music that will have you saying "he-he-hellooo" for days. But it's also a sadly confused tale full of stupid decisions and wrong assumptions; bad ideas masquerading as big life lessons.

Mary's a natural people-person and a reckless party girl. Her nightclub friends straddle that goofy fun and out-of-control divide as if written by someone in the know. She's tired of never having the rent though, and wants to grow up. She looks to her godmother for guidance: a terminally unhappy and out-of-shape woman who lives in stability as a librarian. The woman's an unpleasant toad who never learns jack, and yet she still somehow represents an ideal of responsibility and good life choices. Wacky.

So Mary decides to toss her social skills, erase her personality, and pursue a career she cares nothing about. Hey, who needs event co-ordinators and creative directors when we can have librarians who don't read? It's hard work, but it pays off. She becomes an achiever. She even sets her sights on a certain hunky guy, and totally lands her man! Turns out they absolutely nothing in common, but it's Love. Of course she'll have to stay in line if she wants to keep him. There's some necessary turmoil around the corner.

I'd like this movie if it was just a bunch of funny stuff, but it's not. I'd like it if it was a win some/loose some character examination, but it's not that either. It's really a movie where characters are supposed to grow and learn something; instead they just go after prizes. The nightlife setting pokes fun at itself in believable ways, but then falls through as a plot element because no superior lifestyle is presented. It might as well be an office story.

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1 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Guilty Pleasure

Author: Jimmy Jimmereeno from Denton, TX
30 November 1999

This movie is not really good. It is addicting though, maybe because it's always on cable like "Empire Records". Anyhow, this raver-girl in New York gets a job at a library and falls in love with a hot dog vendor. Yes, it's king of the cheese. But for some reason I watch it everytime it's on. Parker Posey plays the lead, maybe that's it. She's on-screen the entire movie and is really great to watch. Yeah, that's must be it. If this movie had anyone else playing the lead I probablly wouldn't even remembered the title.

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1 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Boring, boring...

Author: Jen (Libraryn71) from Tifton, GA
15 January 2002

Besides being boring, the scenes were oppressive and dark. The movie tried to portray some kind of moral, but fell flat with its message. What were the redeeming qualities?? On top of that, I don't think it could make librarians look any more unglamorous than it did.

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2 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

A pocket full of Posey

Author: George Parker from Orange County, CA USA
13 August 2003

"Party Girl" is all about Posey, tossed like a salad with a load of inconsequential side characters, as she labors to breathe life into her character; a shallow party animal who tries to get unshallow. This flick bears the scars of cost cutting, doesn't managed to conjure any reasonable semblance of a story, and wanders drunkenly with a make-it-up-as-you-go feel as it manages a few comic moments, a skosh of poignancy, and little else. The bottom line here is: If you like Posey, you may like this film. If you don't like Posey, you probably should pass on "Party Girl". (C+)

Note - If you check the stats for this film you'll see a pretty obvious bell curve (Normal Gaussian distribution) with one obvious anomaly: The big spike at the 10 point mark. Since no one in their right mind could equate this dinky little indie to the best films ever made, one can assume the anomaly is either ballot box stuffing or the result of "cultists" or both. I only mention this because this is often seen on this website and can be misleading.

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3 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

Fingernails-on-chalkboard irritating.

Author: MovieAlien from az
23 February 2003

A waste of time. Posey plays a young slacker who doesn't want to do anything else but what the title implies. She recruits herself as a librarian but without the proper skills things don't work out as they should, so she gets back to her rave lifestyle. Sundance accepted this stinker simply because it was low budget and has actors familiar to the low-budget/Indy movie consortium. Independent does not mean good.

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3 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

Good cast, good idea, badly done

Author: preppy-3 from United States
12 October 2001

I work in a library and expected to like this movie when it came out 5 years ago. Well I liked Parker Posey a lot (she's a wonderful actress) and Omar Townsend was really cute as her boyfriend (he couldn't act but when you look like him who cares?) but the movie was bad. It wasn't funny or cute or much of anything. Posey kept the movie afloat with her energy. But she learned the Dewey Decimal system OVERNIGHT and then shelves tons of books to the beat of music??!!!!??? Come on! Also I did have a problem with the way she looked when she became a full-fledged librarian at the end--hair in a bun, glasses, no sense of humor--can we let that stereotype go please? Worth seeing for Posey and Townsend but that's about it. The TV series was much better.

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