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Career Girls (1997)

R | | Drama | 8 August 1997 (USA)
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2 young women reunite and rekindle their friendship after having said goodbye at their college graduation, six years earlier.



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Career girls opens with a train journey towards London's Kings Cross where Annie, one of the major characters is about to meet her old university friend Hannah. She recalls moving into a grotty student flat with Hannah in the mid-eighties. In those days Annie was self conscious and jumpy. The pair have not seen one another since graduation. They both now have moderately successful careers and are, at least on the surface, self assured in their new lives. However, they are still carrying a lot of emotional baggage from their university days. During the course of a weekend they rediscover their close friendship and encounter many faces from the past. Written by Sophie Cockcroft

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Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$93,303 (USA) (8 August 1997)


$2,506,039 (USA) (17 October 1997)

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1.85 : 1
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The only film by Mike Leigh that Roger Ebert had not given four out of four stars. See more »


Claire: Is that eczema?
Annie: No, it's dermatitis.
Hannah: Well, it's better than determine-itis which is what I've got.
[Slaps herself on her forehead]
Hannah: Let's face it.
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A bittersweet, funny tale of friendship
23 May 2001 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Mike Leigh's often improvised, raw films can be off-putting if you're unprepared. He has a real nack for finding performers who put their full souls into his films and the style of the acting in this film explodes with a vibrant, distinctive energy. A slice-of-life tale of two college friends who meet up years later and find coincidence and fate entwine in quite unpredictable ways, the film is all about the tensions beneath the surfaces and those things that so often go unsaid. Its a love story between friends much like "Muriels Wedding" and again without a sexual component. The two women undertake an exterior and interior journey and learn about the love that friendship quietly evolves. Cartlidge and Steadman are unique performers and the beautiful music score is by "Secrets and Lies" actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

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