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Seven Girlfriends (1999)

A guy proposing is told that he has no idea how to have a relationship. On the way to the funeral of another ex, he goes on a road trip to find out what went wrong with the 7 girlfriends in his life by contacting them.

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Paul Lazarus

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Paul Lazarus (story), Stephen Gregg (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Leighton ... Anabeth
Tim Daly ... Jesse
Olivia d'Abo ... Hannah (as Olivia D'Abo)
Neal Lerner ... Manny
Arye Gross ... Roman
Adilah Barnes ... High School Secretary
Kathleen Freeman ... Mrs. Hargrove
Lindsay Sloane ... Daphne
Michael B. Silver ... Joe (as Michael Buchman Silver)
Mimi Rogers ... Marie
Katy Selverstone ... Peri
Alan F. Smith ... Petruchio
Stephanie Erb ... Zoe
Jessica Hecht ... Architect's Receptionist
Melora Hardin ... Laura
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Jesse is charming, romantic, and he knows how to pop the question; he just can't face marriage. So, when he and Hannah split up during the same week that a former fiancée dies, he decides to figure things out. He visits each woman about whom he's been serious to ask what went wrong. His teen flame, an independent woman who sometimes sleeps with him, and a group of lesbians give him advice, as does Anabeth, dead but lively in his dreams. One ex remains furious, but with the help of her inventive colleague, the level-headed insomniac Laura, Jesse even gets to talk to her. It's on to Anabeth's funeral, where he'll see Hannah, and maybe grasp what has been eluding him. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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USA

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English

Release Date:

21 April 2000 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Flagstaff, Arizona, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color
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At about 1.02 when Hannah claims to be in Macy's, her lips don't move as she heads for the door. See more »

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Rare, Precious and Gone
Written and Performed by Mike Scott
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records by arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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A very worthwhile film... fun, lively, and enjoyable.
29 April 2000 | by Javert35See all my reviews

Viewers looking for a fun, easy-going film are likely to be wary of selecting a small-budget independent film. Will it be too "arty?" Too obscure? Just plain lousy? At a screening I recently attended, Paul Lazarus, the director of Seven Girlfriends, noted that this film was consciously produced to be a commercial movie: accessible and enjoyable. On both counts, it succeeds admirably.

Tim Daly is charming as Jesse, the protagonist who is so frustrated with unsuccessful relationships that he decides to seek out, one by one, each his ex-girlfriends and figure out what went wrong. Laura Leighton is a pleasure, too, as the most meaningful of Jesse's loves, despite spending the majority of her screen time in flashbacks. Melora Hardin has a somewhat smaller role, but she shines while onscreen, making each of her scenes count. And yes, that's really her singing. All in all, despite a lack of marquee names, nary a weak performance is to be found.

The film is by no means a masterpiece, nor it does it ever aspire to be one. Yes, there are themes of maturity, loss, and forgiveness, and all these are treated respectfully and tenderly, but they never weigh down upon the energy and sweetness that the movie exudes. There is a wonderful blend of true emotional significance, clever plot surprises, and outright hilarious scenes.

Some "been-there-done-that's" pop into the film from time to time, and it's true that Seven Girlfriends won't change your life or leave you deeply moved. But as romantic comedies go, it far outclasses most of the lifeless schlock churned out by bigger studios. It will take you on a delightful ride, perhaps toss a few insights your way, and leave you with a smile on your face.


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