5.5/10
6,688
30 user 24 critic

Suburban Girl (2007)

A Manhattanite book editor finds her take on the game of romance changed after she lures the attention of an influential older man.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (short stories "My Old Man" and "The Worst Thing a Suburban Girl Could Imagine" from the book "The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing")
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Ad

Genius (TV Series 2017)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A series which explores how patent clerk Einstein could not get a teaching job or doctorate in his early life, yet managed to go on to solve the secrets of the universe.

Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Johnny Flynn, Nicholas Rowe
Harvard Man (2001)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A basketball player strikes a deal with the mob to fix a basketball game.

Director: James Toback
Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Adrian Grenier, Joey Lauren Adams
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After a frantic suicide attempt, Veronika awakens inside a mysterious mental asylum. Under the supervision of an unorthodox psychiatrist who specializes in controversial treatment, Veronika learns that she has only weeks to live.

Director: Emily Young
Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jonathan Tucker, Erika Christensen
Possession (2008)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A woman's life is thrown into chaos after a freak car accident sends her husband and brother-in-law into comas. Thrills arrive after the brother-in-law wakes up, thinking he's his brother.

Directors: Joel Bergvall, Simon Sandquist
Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Lee Pace, Michael Landes
The Return I (2006)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Joanna Mills, a traveling business woman, begins having nightmares of a murder that occurred 15 years ago. Soon she is drawn to an old farmhouse, where the murder took place.

Director: Asif Kapadia
Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sam Shepard, Peter O'Brien
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A magical crab works wonders for a terrible chef's culinary skills, leading her towards the man of her dreams.

Director: Mark Tarlov
Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sean Patrick Flanery, Patricia Clarkson
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A drama based on an ancient Chinese proverb that breaks life down into four emotional cornerstones: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love. A businessman bets his life on a horse race; a gangster sees the future; a pop star falls prey to a crime boss; a doctor must save the love of his life.

Director: Jieho Lee
Stars: Brendan Fraser, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Andy Garcia
Ringer (2011–2012)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A young woman on the run from the mob poses as her wealthy twin sister to try and evade them, but soon discovers that her sister has a price on her head as well.

Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kristoffer Polaha, Ioan Gruffudd
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Jed
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Stephanie Berry ...
Nurse
Edit

Storyline

Brett, a young woman from the suburbs, is an associate editor at a small New York publishing house, hoping to be promoted when, on the same day, she meets a literary lion, Archie Knox, who's 50 and who shows an interest in her, and gets a new boss, a dolly-dolly Brit. Brett is soon dating Archie, then moves in with him. He's charming, attentive, and gives advice. He also has a history - ex-wives, a distant daughter, a couple of diseases, and a photo album of former girlfriends. It's no fairy tale: family issues (and more) intervene, and Brett has decisions to make. Meanwhile, she's working with a writer who fears peanut butter sticking to the roof of his mouth. Is Archie dinner, an hors d'oeuvre, or a peanut-butter sandwich? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Sometimes the ending is only the beginning. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual material and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

October 2007 (New Zealand)  »

Also Known As:

The Girls' Guide to Hunting & Fishing  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film was the mark of Marc Klein's directing career. See more »

Goofs

At the scene where Brett goes to Archie's place to tell him that someone was reading her book she meets a girl who was having an affair with Archie. We see the braces of the shirt the girl was wearing slipped down when she was just leaving. But as she was talking to Bretty the braces are fine, not slipped down. See more »

Quotes

Archie Knox: [sitting with Brett's family after meeting them for the first time] Well, I do appreciate the attempt you've all made at avoiding the obvious. It was a worthy effort. But let's cut to the chase, shall we. Robert, how old are you?
Robert Eisenberg: 57.
Archie Knox: And I'm 50. So, that makes me younger than Robert. So everybody feeling good about that right now?
Ethan Eisenberg: I am very relieved. How old were you when Brett was in third grade?
Brett Eisenberg: Grow up Ethan.
Ethan Eisenberg: Brett skipped the third grade.
Ethan Eisenberg: [imitates a buzzer] Well played.
See more »

Crazy Credits

While the credits are rolling, Brett is walking down the street and sees the book she edited in a store window. Brett also finally puts on the leather pants. See more »

Connections

Features Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Chopin: 15 in D Flat Major Raindrop (24 Preludes, Op.28)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Vladimir Ashkenasy
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Surprisingly intelligent
10 February 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Unlike the Europeans, Hollywood has never been comfortable with May-December romances. One film after another they throw the 50-something Daniel Auteuil into the arms of a 20-something babe without explanation or apology and we sit in the cinema never questioning the logic of it. When it comes to Hollywood, it is either a tragedy or a morality tale. Jack Nicholson can only be redeemed by settling for a woman near his age at the end of Something Has to Give.

Suburban Girl has an intelligent script that manages to sidestep such apologia. It also doesn't try to dilute the issue or make the motives of its main characters nobler than what they are. The December character (Alec Baldwin in excellent self-parodying mode) is a diabetic and recovering alcoholic. He is also a self-confessed womanizer and an absentee father with serious daughter issues. The May of the film (Sarah Michelle Gellar acting as if she is using the film as personal therapy) is a father-worshiper and has no qualms about allowing the older man to use his influence to better her career. It is all too real. It is a pity that Mark Klein directs the film like an afternoon romance for Hallmark channel – without flair or imagination, and that Alec Baldwin's personal life interfered unnecessarily with the screening. The unevenness of the directorial treatment might alienate the mainstream audience that seem to prefer their comedies separate from their dramas. The script skilfully avoids the known clichés without taking too many risks. The sweet-sour ending will also add to the audience confusion.

Supporting roles are cleverly underplayed by a competent ensemble. Maggie Grace, one of the early casualties of the TV hit Lost, is surprisingly effective in a role that seems to have been written for her.


20 of 32 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?