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Girl Play (2004)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 11 July 2004 (USA)
Two real-life lesbian actresses meet by chance when they are cast as lovers in a local stage play, and end up actually falling in love.

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Lee Friedlander

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Greenspan Robin Greenspan ... Robin
Lacie Harmon Lacie Harmon ... Lacie
Mink Stole ... Robin's Mother
Dom DeLuise ... Gabriel
Katherine Randolph ... Audrey
Lauren Maher ... Cass
Gina DeVivo ... Robin at Age 14
Shannon Perez Shannon Perez ... Young Robin at Age 6
Dominic Ottersbach Dominic Ottersbach ... Gabriel's Assistant
Julie Briggs Julie Briggs ... Dr. Katherine
Peter Ente Peter Ente ... Robin's Father
Graham T. McClusky Graham T. McClusky ... Parents Friend
Skye Emerson Skye Emerson ... Bartender
Jessica Golden ... Laura, Drunk girl in bar
Lyn Alicia Henderson ... Attractive Girl in Bar (as Lynn A. Henderson)
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Storyline

Robin, who is married to her girlfriend for half a dozen years, and Lacie, someone who never had a lasting relationship, are both cast to play lesbian lovers in a Los Angeles stage play. Innocently, the stage director, Gabriel runs the actresses through a series of rehearsals designed to "bring out the intimacy" in each performer. Soon the two women find themselves increasingly and undeniably attracted to each other and overcome with desire. They must ask themselves whether this relationship is manufactured, created for the sake of the "girl play", or is it true love? Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Two Women, One Love, Dozens Of Stories

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mulheres em Representação See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,441, 3 April 2005, Limited Release
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Goff-Kellam Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the original play "Real Girls" written by Robin Greenspan and Lacie Harmon, the film was adapted for the screen by Robin Greenspan, Lacie Harmon, and Lee Friedlander. See more »

Crazy Credits

'Girl Play' is based on a true story. The names and places have been changed to protect the innocent except Robin and Lacie. They supposedly are who they say they are. See more »

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Featured in 2006 Glitter Awards (2006) See more »

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...vibrant, smart, hilarious, and unsentimental love story
2 August 2004 | by mermuncySee all my reviews

GIRL PLAY is a vibrant, smart, hilarious, and unsentimental love story about two stage actors, Robin Greenspan and Lacie Harmon, cast as the leads in a romantic play. The women come fully equipped with compelling reasons why their falling in love with each other is simply not an option: Robin lives with her life partner in a clearly defined world, replete with Post-it reminders and insurance policies, and Lacie has recently come to embrace her commitment-phobia in full. But when their eccentric stage director (played to perfection by Dom Deluise) insists at rehearsals that the two women experience one electrifying and vulnerable moment after another, their chemistry has no place to go but up.

For all kinds of reasons, these two should not fall in love, and yet we all know where this story is going. But we don't know what fresh, unexpected, and delightful trouble it will trigger; nor whether these women will actually overcome their obstacles and make it – especially given Robin's terror at the mere possibility of hurting and disappointing her live-in girlfriend. The fear takes her back to the dread-filled moments that led to her coming out to her provincial mother (flawlessly played by Mink Stole). And Lacie clings to her independence after she revisits her most recent unbearably awkward, horror-show-down breakup with a demi-semi-steady.

The story unfolds beautifully, mixing narrative and direct-address narration. Because the writing, acting, direction, and editing are so incredibly deft, this hybrid means of story-telling and story-showing works beautifully. It reminds me of High Fidelity in that seamless way of mixing narrative, direct address, and flashbacks.

Mink Stole and Dom Deloise might have stolen the movie, had Robin Greenspan and Lacie Harmon not given such strong and appealing performances. Forgive the reductive Hollywood-ese of this analysis, but Robin Greenspan's hilarious neurotic practicality is young-Woody-Allen good, and Lacie Harmon's hilarious wry cynicism is young-Bruce-Willis sexy! What's more, these two leading ladies also wrote the movie. What's more than THAT…the movie is based on their true story. What's not to love!?


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