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101 Ways (The Things a Girl Will Do to Keep Her Volvo) (2000)

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101 Ways (the things a girl will do to keep her Volvo) chronicles the epic adventures of Watson (Wendy Hoopes), a struggling young writer who moves to the quiet suburbs to write her first ... See full summary »

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101 Ways (the things a girl will do to keep her Volvo) chronicles the epic adventures of Watson (Wendy Hoopes), a struggling young writer who moves to the quiet suburbs to write her first novel. A New York City native, Watson isn't much of a driver, and her over-protective mother forces her to buy a car she can't afford - a brand new Volvo. Watson falls in love with the car, but real life quickly catches up to her in the form of the repo man when she falls behind on her monthly payments. To avoid losing her beloved wheels, Watson tries her hand at two of the oldest professions: waiting tables and phone sex. At the same time, her meddling best friend (Jamie Harrold), convinces Watson to ignite her stagnant love life by pursuing a sexually-phobic pilot (Gabriel Macht) and an aloof supermarket cashier (Glenn Fitzgerald). The result is a refreshing comedy packed with star cast performances and an overriding moral: life's long and winding road has as many speed bumps as straightaways. Written by KOD

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A funny debut about a female writer who trades a New York lifestyle for cruise control.
10 December 2001 | by (Brooklyn, New York) – See all my reviews

After seeing '101 Ways' at a screening in New Haven earlier this year, I'm glad to hear that it will be available to a cable audience. This film deserves attention. The lead character Watson is a smart, funny writer who escapes New York for a change of pace in the suburbs of Connecticut. She finds it difficult to find a job that will support not only her writing, but her new love, a brand new Volvo that her mother insists she buy. I loved the sequence that features Watson waiting on corporate spies at the 'Tarnished Barge' restaurant, which I hear from New Haven insiders is actually a place near Long Wharf called 'The Rusty Scupper'. Nowhere has the inanity of restaurant work been so comically rendered. Watson's romantic escapades are endearing--this is a 'portrait of the artist' for the new millenium, complete with bogus phone sex jobs and a luxury Swedish vehicle. Kudos to first-time director Jennifer Katz and her demystification of the fantasy that all New York artists have that the living is easier


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