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Career Girls (1997)

R | | Drama | 8 August 1997 (USA)
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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$93,303 (USA) (8 August 1997)

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$2,506,039 (USA) (17 October 1997)
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The main characters' names "Hannah" and "Annie" are etymologically the same name. See more »

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Annie: I'll cook you some pasta, like the old days.
Hannah: Living in the pasta.
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One of Mike Leigh's more easy-going efforts
15 August 2002 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This is one of Mike Leigh's more easy-going efforts, overall, a bit mannered, sort of an urban picaresque, "Naked"-lite if you will. When I saw it on initial release, I liked it fine, but thought it would be memorable mainly for particular bits--the very funny scene with the obnoxious yuppie flat owner, the very powerful scenes with Mark Benton as Ricky--rather than for any coherence. I saw it again this week and it is sticking in my mind with more impact than before; to me it now resonates as a meditation on the need to get on with one's life, and the costs (in friendship, soulfulness, caring) of doing so, and the tragedy of those who just can't make the jump. Not one of Leigh's greatest films, but like everything he's made, well worth the time.


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