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A new waitress working at an Italian restaurant in New York City finds herself entangled in a mob-run underworld of drug dealing and murder.

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Mira. Mariah. Melora. Mayhem. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language, violence and some drug content | See all certifications »

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6 December 2002 (Italy)  »

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Wise Girls  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Eric Louzil was once attached as executive producer. See more »

Goofs

Durning the birthday scene, two of the sparklers go out on the cake while they are toasting, but then when they finish they each grab one of the sparklers which are all lit. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Santalino: Ptoo! You fuck. I spit on your fuckin' soul!
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To all the people in the Great City of New York God bless. Our hearts go out to those who perished and their families in the World Trade Center tragedy. See more »

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Edited into Behind the Scenes of 'Wisegirls' (2002) See more »

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Like a Man
Written by Keith Forsey and Marti Byrd
Performed by Marti Byrd
Produced by Keith Forsey
Published by Swindle Music Inc. ASCAP & Byrd Light Music BMI
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Superb from start to finish.
1 October 2014 | by (whakamaru) – See all my reviews

A great movie needs the writer, director and actors all to be very, very good. Wise Girls has all three.

Acting is much more than just saying the words in the script. There is tone, there is timing, and sometimes a silence can say more than a whole lot of words. Great actors can show in their facial expression just the emotion and meaning that fits the scene perfectly. All, yes all these actors do this all through the movie. Of course, the actors need a great writer and director to get the best out of themselves. Here they have all met, and delivered.

The story is straightforward and easy to follow, there are elements that we see connect to give meaning to what is happening now and what is about to happen. The characters are well defined, the events are realistic, and gripping. It was good at the start, and I kept worrying that it would get disappointing, but that never happened, it kept getting better and better.

Three beautiful young women are waitresses is an up-market restaurant where the owners are involved in some shady but unspecified side businesses. The women, each with secrets which we eventually learn about, are dragged into events and really need to get themselves clear. They combine, they support, they do what needs to be done.

At one point, Meg ( Mira Sorvino) who normally speaks so sweetly - like the girl next door, but in this moment of stress, her voice changes, and sounds so menacing. Brilliant, you'll know when you hear it. The grandmother, with perhaps dementia just sits there, says only a few words, but she too is brilliant and her inclusion adds so much to the reality of Meg's situation both in the first scene, and the last. Brilliant writing.


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