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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 film with power windows and leather seats!
7 December 2001 | by (somewhere other than suburban Connecticut) – See all my reviews

"101 Ways" is a brilliant, quirky, comic gem of a film. At first, you may not identify with the protagonist, Watson Gowan, who drives an expensive new Volvo and has moved to Connecticut to pursue her creative writing -- but it quickly turns out that Watson has the same problems as most of us: finding a job that doesn't suck, paying the bills, and (of course) the pursuit of True Love. The film's slice-of-suburban-life narrative is punctuated by a hilarious use of monologue, in which the various characters get to make wry or trenchant observations about their side of the story -- directly to the audience of the film. Woven into this story are a couple of priceless fantasy sequences that never fail to deliver belly laughs, as well as a few cathartic moments of well-acted pathos that throw the comedy into sharp relief. It's obvious the actors had a lot of fun with this offbeat material, and they did a terrific job -- all the characters in Watson's life come across as utterly funny, authentic, and recognizable -- even if you have never been to Connecticut and have never driven a Volvo. Kudos to the director for making suburbia look so appealing.

"101 Ways..." manages to be witty without being glib. It manages to be lighthearted without being lightweight. Even more impressively, it manages to avoid hackneyed romantic comedy clichés while being hysterically funny... thus making this a rare gem indeed.


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