Garden Party (2008)

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April (15) is running from one bad situation into another, hoping to find an answer that doesn't involve nudity, and falls in with a group of confused kids chasing their dreams. The black widow in the web is the sexy, pot-dealing Sally.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Davey Diamond
April's Mother
Erik Bragg ...
Nathan (as Alex Cendese)
Adriana (as Alesha Clarke)
Lindley Domingue ...
Second Groupie
Lost Girl
Scott Grossman ...
Super Duper
Jessica Havard ...
First Groupie


Are you young, sexually confused, just trying to get by? Do you sing, dance or possess some other talent? Welcome to the Garden Party. At the center of the story is 15-year-old April. She is running from one bad situation into another, hoping to find an answer that doesn't involve taking off her clothes. As April navigates Los Angeles, she falls in with a group of confused kids struggling to chase their dreams. The black widow at the center of this web is a sexy, pot-dealing realtor named Sally St. Clair. Anyone who gets too close falls victim to her kinky entanglements. For some it goes bad, for other worse. Written by Lookout Films

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Come with a Dream. Leave with a Story.




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Вечеринка в саду  »

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$10,876 (USA) (11 July 2008)


$19,853 (USA) (18 July 2008)

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[first lines]
Davey Diamond: Hey, you need a ride?
April: [head shake no]
Davey Diamond: I'm Davey Diamond. You're sitting on my face. Turn around, that's me, see? Good lookin' guy, right? You need an apartment, I can help you with that, I'll find you a gem. That's my motto, I'll find you a gem, you get it, "diamond", gem?
April: [starts walking away]
Davey Diamond: Give me a call. You know your gonna need a friend in this town...
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References Making the Band (2000) See more »


That's the Way We Get By
Written by Josh Grier
Performed by Spoon
Courtesy of Merge Records
By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Perfectly Captures the "Move to L.A." Experience
8 July 2008 | by (los angeles) – See all my reviews

Los Angeles is a city of transplants, every person arriving with a dream that is eventually shown to be an illusion in the harsh light of city's reality. GARDEN PARTY weaves this theme beautifully with an ensemble cast of up-and-comers.

The film introduces each character as a classic archetype - the runaway teen, the frustrated artist, the demanding successful boss, the aspiring musician, the dead-end job dreamer - but the film then spends its time delving deep into the personalities behind these stereotypes, revealing them all as individuals as it entangles them in various plots that flirt with destruction but offer redemption. Along the way there is porn, pot, homelessness, backstabbing, tools from the entertainment industry, superficiality, revenge ... and love!

As a native Angeleno, what struck me most was how this film captures the mundane, day-to- day existence of Los Angeles with every hint of glamor and Utopian paradise removed from the stark cityscape. What GARDEN PARTY delivers is an accurate and memorable vision of the city of Angels being a landscape of personalities, each with a dream, some with a dark side and most with a sympathetic humanity underneath it all.

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