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Two British best friends and in-laws, Dawn (Brenda Blethyn) and Jackie (Dame Julie Walters), work together at a factory. When Dawn is diagnosed with a brain tumor, Jackie shares one hundred thousand dollars she received from her secret lover with Dawn, to fulfill her dream - a visit to Las Vegas. They buy two tickets and fly there.
Originally made in 1997 and intended to be shown only on ITV in the U.K. However, it was subsequently decided to release it worldwide as a theatrical movie. It was first shown on ITV on April 14, 1999, after its cinema release. See more »
Northern accents and wide-eyed astonishment at Las Vegas aside, you could be forgiven that this was a Hollywood weepie rather than the working-class British drama it pretends to be. Brenda Blethyn's and (particularly) Julie Walters' performances are detailed and superb, but the cloying sentimentality (including some sick-making talk of angels) is heaped on to the extent that the film becomes tedious rather than sympathetic.
The first half of Girls' Night is enjoyable for its sheer joie de vivre in the face of serious illness, but after around 45 minutes this is lost in a sea of half-baked ideas, repetitive emotional 'scenes' and irritating semi-fairytale romances which upset the previously realistic atmosphere of the piece.
Other than the performances, something of a shapeless disappointment.
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