Uptown Girls

Uptown Girls

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Director: Boaz Yakin

Cast: Boaz Yakin, Brittany Murphy, Dakota Fanning, Marley Shelton

     
 

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In this comedy from director Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans), Brittany Murphy stars as Molly Gunn, the daughter of a dead rock star, who lives off her inheritance and has never worked a day in her life. When her father's estate is swindled away from her, Molly suddenly finds her life of luxury and excess pulled out from under her. Begrudgingly, she decidesSee more details below

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In this comedy from director Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans), Brittany Murphy stars as Molly Gunn, the daughter of a dead rock star, who lives off her inheritance and has never worked a day in her life. When her father's estate is swindled away from her, Molly suddenly finds her life of luxury and excess pulled out from under her. Begrudgingly, she decides that she has to get a job and is hired as a nanny for Ray Schliene (Dakota Fanning), the daughter of record executive Roma Schliene (Heather Locklear). At first Molly can't shake her spoiled-brat personality, but eventually she and Ray discover that they have a lot in common and a strong bond is formed. Jesse Spencer plays Molly's boyfriend, and Donald Faison, who previously worked with Murphy in Clueless, plays another record executive who offers Molly a place to live until she gets on her feet.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
One of several misguided, ill-fitting Brittany Murphy vehicles, Uptown Girls has enough elements in the right place to make you wish it were better. A sort of Cinderella-in-reverse tale (see also the execrable Lindsay Lohan-starring Just My Luck), the film has the look and feel of a modern-day Manhattan fable, thanks in large part to ace cinematographer Michael Ballhaus. The quartet of female screenwriters involved in the project have also given the material a hip, slightly satirical fairytale vibe, presenting Murphy as a poor little rich girl who just needs to be shown the light of compassion by a littler poor little rich girl (played with a scary intensity by Dakota Fanning). As they bark at each other for the majority of the picture, you cease to care whether or not they're going to break out of their hard, calloused shells; not the best mood to be in while watching a light coming-of-age chick flick.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
Murphy has a kind of divine ineptitude that moves beyond Marilyn's helplessness into Lucy's dizzy lovability. She is like a magnet for whoops! moments.
Chicago Tribune - Mark Caro
In Uptown Girls Murphy is like a puppy in traffic; you're confident she'll reach the curb but only because the cars are swerving, not because her moves are so deft.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/08/2004
UPC:
0027616901101
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brittany Murphy Molly Gunn
Dakota Fanning Ray Schleine
Marley Shelton Ingrid
Donald Faison Huey
Jesse Spencer Neal
Austin Pendleton Mr, McConkey
Heather Locklear Roma Schleine
Megan Corletto Bailey

Technical Credits
Boaz Yakin Director,Executive Producer
Michael Ballhaus Cinematographer
Joe Caracciola Executive Producer
Vicki Cherkas Executive Producer
Maureen Crowe Musical Direction/Supervision
Julia Dahl Screenwriter
Lisa Davidowitz Screenwriter
Sarah Edwards Costumes/Costume Designer
Ali Farrell Casting
Bob Hein Sound/Sound Designer
Kalina Ivanov Production Designer
Allison Jacobs Original Story,Producer
Joann Fregalette Jansen Choreography
Joel McNeely Score Composer
Mo Ogrodnik Screenwriter
John Penotti Producer
David Ray Editor
Thomas A. Reilly Asst. Director
Laura Rosenthal Casting
Pamela Roy Set Decoration/Design
Fisher Stevens Producer
Frank White Art Director
Tim Williams Executive Producer
Gary Winick Executive Producer

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