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This was pretty much a one of a kind movie. It was fun, interesting
story/characters and actually a pretty great ending.
It was an intelligent movie with a story you could never guess beforehand. I got one of my biggest WOW-feelings when the big intelligent plot happened, it was really funny and amazing.
I can't understand why this movie got all those 1 out of 10 votes, I really can't. Maybe it's because most of those people aren't that intelligent, I don't know, but this was indeed one of a kind comedy.
I thought it was a solid 7, then when the plot appeared I upgraded it to a solid 8 out of 10.
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It was nice to see that not all girls HAVE to get the guy in the end to be happy. I am not usually too much of a Brittany Murphy fan. I kinda thought she used to be way too thin, which is unappealing to me. But I think she was absolutely beautiful in this movie. I think the supporting cast did a good job, I kept trying to figure out the next twist...and it's a romance movie! My husband even liked it! He didn't want to watch it with me, due to it's mediocre star rating. But I reminded him that some of his favorite movies are rated less than stellar. Goes to show, for me anyways, sometimes you just gotta see it for yourself! I will probably be watching it again!...and how about Holly Hunter's smokin' bod. I could only hope to look like that in my mid-40's!
The pay-off of this film isn't the Heroine's happy ending, nor the clever techie twist of having a Palm Pilot at the center of the film ( Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of a Palm Pilot? ) But it is rather the climax, which gives the viewers the savaging of reality television which the genre desperately needs. This is the most satisfying skewering of the medium since 'Network'. It is unfortunate that the movie briefly falls into its own clichés with the usual Obligatory Toilet Scene. On the other hand, Helen Hunt's surprise evil turn is far better the the anticipated one of Dearth Vader. And the actress transmogrifies without the aid of any C.G.I.'s. Using Carly Simon's songs was a great idea as well. But the bombardment which they hit the daytime reality shows is equal to Network's foretelling of today's TV. Maybe in the sequel they might bring in Faye Dunaway.
Seriously! I enjoyed this movie immensely because, besides being funny,
the plots and sub-plots kept you as a viewer very busy keeping up with
it all. But it can and should be done! It was quite a delight.
One of the most interesting parts of the movie was the play on our current culture that allows and even encourages shows to compel us to put on display some of our "weirdness" in America, even though much of it may be fully contrived - contrived still exists in someone's imagination at least.
Brittany Murphy is so entertaining to watch. Holly Hunter is a can't miss in any movie. And the remaining supporting cast all seem to be living their lives and individually all represent aspects of our regular lives that, of course, we would not necessarily wish to air on a TV show! Worth seeing for sure! You'll laugh and cry!
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Monday night, nothing to do, so rented this movie -- I'd been avoiding
it after seeing the previews/posters. I thought it was going to be
low-brain-cell chick-flick awful. So I was pleasantly surprised by the
thoughtful ending (ok, before the cheesy fainting scene).
The movie was incorrectly labeled as a romantic comedy -- nothing romantic about it; and nothing comedic about it either (unless it's renamed Little Black Comedy). But besides the false advertising, I thought the movie was thought-provoking and a bit of a social commentary. Not only does it point out how reality TV is barf-inducing, low, exploitative, and trashy, but I was struck more by the irony -- how Murphy's character is a control-freak of sorts, but her crusade to try to "make sure" that her boyfriend is not cheating on her turns the "control-tables" on her -- and she finally realizes that life's better lived then to be controlled, plotted, planned out -- (unlike reality TV). In that sense, the movie was presented more of a reality than any escapist chick flick.
Overall, better if you go into the movie with low expectations, and wait for the ending --
I thought that this was one of the WORST movies I have EVER seen. This movie was advertised as being a romantic comedy but it was not at all. I am a huge fan of awesomely bad movies, but this was just awful. I watched this in a room full of girls and everyone left annoyed. I am just glad that my friend rented this movie so that I didn't have to pay money to see this. Some of the characters were just ridiculous and completely unlikeable. The plot was just silly and I found the ending the worst part of the movie. Ron Livingston is the one redeeming quality. I just feel bad that all of these actors got stuck in such a horrible film.
It was kind of slow in the beginning. The first part of the movie wasn't really amusing to me and at one point I really thought of putting on the next DVD. But thankfully I bared through 'cause it was only at the near ending I saw that this movie has more to do with my life than anything, I was really brought to tears when Joyce (the chef supposedly doing a cook-off for the Kippie Kan Do Show)was explaining to Stacey what she really felt inside. "A clean break is easier." "You can reset it, and it heals, and you move on. But id you leave things messy or don't get put right, it just hurts. -Forever" It might not be the best movie, it even might seem boring but at least one element moved me like no movie ever had ever before, it hit close to home(as they say). Maybe this is the only reason I liked it too. But hey how many reason do you really need?
Stacy Holt (Brittany Murphy) is an immature and insecure young woman
raised listening to the songs of Carly Simon and aiming to work
producing the talk show of a great network. She lives with her
boyfriend Derek (Ron Livingston), but she becomes the associate
producer of a sensationalist reality show in a local television
presented by Kippie Kann (Kathy Bates). In the production of the show,
a nest of snakes, she becomes friend of Barb (Holly Hunter), and once
Derek has never talked about his former relationships with Stacy, she
is convinced by Barb to investigate his previous girlfriends. When
Derek travels and forgets his palmtop, Stacy sneaks into his agenda and
decides to interview his three previous girlfriends, the supermodel
Lulu Fritz (Josie Maran), the gynecologist Dr. Rachel Keyes (Rashida
Jones) and the sweet restauranteur Joyce (Julianne Nicholson), of whom
she becomes friend. However, a great surprise waits for Stacy, in a
game of manipulation. "Little Black Book" is a delightful romantic
comedy, a tale of manipulation, with a magnificent conclusion. Brittany
Murphy is too much infantile for her professional position, but her
character is in the beginning of her career and therefore her naive
behavior is totally acceptable. I felt a particular attraction for the
beauty and the sweet face of Julianne Nicholson, and I do not remember
her in any other movie I have recently seen. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "A Agenda Secreta do Meu Namorado" ("The Hidden Agenda of My Boyfriend")
The film is primarily told in flashback form. It starts this way and
seems to indicate laziness on the writers' part. It goes like this,
Stacey (Murphy's character) is crying as she sits at an intersection in
her car listening to Carly Simon. There are a sequence of flashbacks
that lead to her working as an Associate Producer for a local TV talk
Meanwhile, her boyfriend, Derrick (Livingston) is out of town on business. While he's out of town, Stacey and her co-worker, Barbara (Hunter), start to snoop through Derrick's palm pilot to find out about his past relationships. As they keep digging, they begin to find more than they'd ever planned for.
The reasons I disliked this movie the most were that Murphy as a lead role is really quite weak. She doesn't come across believably at all as a television producer. She's flighty, hyperactive and overacting in parts. Her attempts at being cute for the camera fall flat. The other reason I disliked this film so much was the weak script that basically left a whole bunch of loose ends that never get tied up for nearly every supporting character. There's no pay-off, no real feeling of satisfaction, even at the end of the film as the Stacey character passes through the climax of the story.
The only reason I'm giving this film any stars has to do with the supporting cast: Livingston (1 star) - though he isn't all that great in this, Hunter (1 star) - she does seem a bit better, but still not believable, Bates (1 star) - she's actually quite convincing as the mean talk show host, and 1 star for the guy that played Ira. Total: 4 The studio even knew this was crap because the DVD has nothing on it.
My recommendation: wait for it on cable.
Unlike the titillating trailers for this movie, Brittany Murphy, Holly Hunter are offered a great, solid script with one of the best twists in romantic comedy film-making. This movie presents a sincere, open, and revealing exposure of sex, romance, and human feelings along with an amazing subtext is well performed. Kathy Bates has to be commended for your supporting actress role. Julianne Nicholson has a good role, a refreshing role that presents her in a truly innocent but strong female role. Little Black Book is Brittany Murphy meet Ally McBeal as Jerry Springer Show. Little Black Book is The Sixth Sense meets sweet romance. This is truly one romantic comedy to remember for a long time after its gone from the theaters. 9 out of 10 stars. [5/2/09: Before "The Devil Wears Prada" (2006), there was "Little Black Book" set in the expose television industry in an ensemble effort.]
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