A woman snoops through her boyfriend's palm pilot and reveals his former girlfriends, which causes her to question why they're still listed in his little black book.


Nick Hurran


Melissa Carter (story), Melissa Carter (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brittany Murphy ... Stacy
Holly Hunter ... Barb
Kathy Bates ... Kippie Kann
Ron Livingston ... Derek
Julianne Nicholson ... Joyce
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Carl
Kevin Sussman ... Ira
Rashida Jones ... Dr. Rachel Keyes
Josie Maran ... Lulu Fritz
Jason Antoon ... Larry
Sharon Lawrence ... Mom
Gavin Rossdale ... Random
Cress Williams ... Phil
Dave Annable ... Bean
Yvette Nicole Brown ... Production Assistant


Trentonian Stacy Holt's life has been guided by two general items. One is her father abandoning the family when she was young, leading to her and her mother turning to the music of Carly Simon to cope, and she having had a history of unsatisfying romantic relationships in not having a suitable male role model. The other is her idolization of Diane Sawyer, who she has long wanted to work alongside as a serious journalist. Her personal life seems to have finally overcome the issue of her father with the entrance of Derek into her life, he, a scout for the New Jersey Devils, her boyfriend who she knew was her soul mate when they met, they now living together. Things are not going as well on the professional front, she having just left a dead end job to work among the large stable of associate producers on the syndicated Trenton-based daytime talk show "Kippie Kann Do!!", whose show topics are outrageous, the more outrageous the better. Stacy's tenure with the show is even more tenuous as... Written by Huggo

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You always think you're the first one. (France) See more »


Comedy | Romance | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content/humor and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


When Stacy and Joyce are seated and discussing going to the hockey game (the Red Devils) after Lulu's entrance at the restaurant, there is a faint piano playing in the background of the opening musical bars of Carly Simon's "Nobody Does it Better". The next scene with Stacy singing on her apartment floor, she adds the vocals to "Nobody Does it Better" as Derek arrives home from his trip. See more »


When Dr. Keyes gives Stacy a copy of her book, Stacy is seen holding the vitamin bottle Dr. Keyes gave to her earlier. Then in the second shot the bottle disappears, then reappears in the third shot. See more »


Stacy: I should tear your eyes out right now, but how would you ever be able to look at yourself in the morning?
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Crazy Credits

"Hell is empty. All the devils are here." William Shakespeare "The Tempest" See more »


Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »


Let the River Run
Written by Carly Simon
Performed by The St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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The cast shines in this decent comedy
6 February 2005 | by christian123See all my reviews

Little Black Book is a decent romantic comedy and it was a lot better then I expected it to be. Brittany Murphy is Stacy Holt, a television talk show producer angry that her former boyfriend Derek (Ron Livingston) won't discuss his ex-girlfriends. With the help of a co-worker (Holly Hunter), she snoops into his Palm Pilot (the modern day equivalent of the title) and starts to interview them, only to find out that some of them are a little less "ex" than she presumed. The plot had a lot of potential and the cast carries the film decently but it could had been a lot better. Brittany Murphy was very good in this film and I think she will be a big movie star one day, she just needs better roles. Holly Hunter is also very good as Barb and she's entertaining to watch. Ron Livingston plays Derek and he's pretty good but not memorable. Rounding out the main part of the cast is Kathy Bates as Kippy Kan and she's funny in this film. I think the reason most people didn't like the movie was because there wasn't one character to feel sorry for. All of the characters were mean and hard to like which kills the movie. Little Black Book is a romantic comedy in the loosest definition of the word as its more of a dark comedy and romantic comedies also tend to have likable characters. There were some funny moments but not enough to sustain its running time. Nick Hurran does a decent job of directing and lucky for him he has a great cast. I really liked the ending because it was different and wasn't the typical ending that Hollywood films usually have. Also if you like Carly Simon then your in luck since you can hear her music throughout the film and she has a cameo. Rating 6/10 now that its out on video it may be worth a look just don't expect to much from it.

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Release Date:

6 August 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Black Book See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »


Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,075,217, 8 August 2004

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2.35 : 1
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