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WiseGirls (2002)

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A new waitress working at an Italian restaurant in New York City finds herself entangled in a mob-run underworld of drug dealing and murder.


David Anspaugh


John Meadows





Cast overview, first billed only:
Mira Sorvino ... Meg Kennedy
Mariah Carey ... Raychel
Melora Walters ... Kate
Arthur J. Nascarella ... Mr. Santalino (as Arthur Nascarella)
Saul Stein ... Umberto
Joseph Siravo ... Gio Esposito
Christian Maelen ... Frankie Santalino
Anthony Alessandro Anthony Alessandro ... Lorenzo
Louis Di Bianco Louis Di Bianco ... Deluca (as Louis DiBianco)
Noam Jenkins ... Garcia
Jeremiah Sparks Jeremiah Sparks ... Detective Levine
Dax Ravina ... Tony
Karen Giordano ... Angela Fontaine
Michael Egan Michael Egan ... Joey Jr. (as Mike Egan)
Jere Gillis Jere Gillis ... No Nose


A new waitress working at an Italian restaurant in New York City finds herself entangled in a mob-run underworld of drug dealing and murder.

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Crime never looked so good. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violence and some drug content | See all certifications »

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USA | UK | Canada


English | Italian

Release Date:

6 December 2002 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Wisegirls See more »

Filming Locations:

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »


Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Mira Sorvino, she and Mariah Carey got into an argument on the set in which Carey threw a salt shaker over her head. The argument was over Carey frequently arriving hours late to the set. See more »


The taxi that Meg (Mira Sorvino) gets into has a registration number of "2T98" on the door, license plate and roof sign. The taxi she gets out of at her destination has "2T98" on the roof sign but the door and license plate reads "2P04". See more »


Raychel: All right girls, the party's over.
Kate: Bye
[Raychel pauses and looks at Kate's pictures]
Kate: No, have mercy.
Raychel: You look good in this one.
Kate: I do?
Raychel: Yeah, the rest you look like a fucking dyke.
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Crazy Credits

To all the people in the Great City of New York God bless. Our hearts go out to those who perished and their families in the World Trade Center tragedy. See more »


Edited into Behind the Scenes of 'Wisegirls' (2002) See more »


Written & Performed by Richie Kotzen
Produced by Richie Kotzen
Published by Rickie Kotzen Music ASCAP
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Superb from start to finish.
1 October 2014 | by nzpedalsSee all my reviews

A great movie needs the writer, director and actors all to be very, very good. Wise Girls has all three.

Acting is much more than just saying the words in the script. There is tone, there is timing, and sometimes a silence can say more than a whole lot of words. Great actors can show in their facial expression just the emotion and meaning that fits the scene perfectly. All, yes all these actors do this all through the movie. Of course, the actors need a great writer and director to get the best out of themselves. Here they have all met, and delivered.

The story is straightforward and easy to follow, there are elements that we see connect to give meaning to what is happening now and what is about to happen. The characters are well defined, the events are realistic, and gripping. It was good at the start, and I kept worrying that it would get disappointing, but that never happened, it kept getting better and better.

Three beautiful young women are waitresses is an up-market restaurant where the owners are involved in some shady but unspecified side businesses. The women, each with secrets which we eventually learn about, are dragged into events and really need to get themselves clear. They combine, they support, they do what needs to be done.

At one point, Meg ( Mira Sorvino) who normally speaks so sweetly - like the girl next door, but in this moment of stress, her voice changes, and sounds so menacing. Brilliant, you'll know when you hear it. The grandmother, with perhaps dementia just sits there, says only a few words, but she too is brilliant and her inclusion adds so much to the reality of Meg's situation both in the first scene, and the last. Brilliant writing.

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