Uptown Girls

Uptown Girls

3.8 14
Director: Boaz Yakin

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

     
 

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Whimsical and sweet, this film made no waves at the box office, but seems far more appropriate for home video, where it should find greater success. As for the DVD, the 1.85:1 picture, which is enhanced for widescreen televisions, is the highlight of the disc. Colors are bright and warm, and detail is exceptional. The fantastical look of New York envisioned by… See more details below

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Whimsical and sweet, this film made no waves at the box office, but seems far more appropriate for home video, where it should find greater success. As for the DVD, the 1.85:1 picture, which is enhanced for widescreen televisions, is the highlight of the disc. Colors are bright and warm, and detail is exceptional. The fantastical look of New York envisioned by director Boaz Yakin is nicely realized on this transfer. As would be expected for a recent release, with some minor exceptions, there aren't any distracting elements to be found. The sound doesn't fare quite as well; it's not that it isn't intelligible, but this dialogue-based romantic comedy never takes advantage of the 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack. Some separation can be found, but can just as easily be missed. As with the sound, the added features are good, but nothing exceptional. Two featurettes, "The Lowdown on Uptown," a fluff press kit at best, and "Rockin' Style," a look at costumes with their designer Sarah Edwards, are also included, as are 13 deleted scenes. In addition, a music video for "Time" from Chantal Kreviazuk, a standard photo gallery, and the theatrical trailers for this, Legally Blonde 2, Heartbreakers, and A Guy Thing are included. If this charming little film was missed in the theaters, then this DVD is a perfect way to see it in the comfort of your own home.

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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:
01/06/2004
UPC:
0027616901224
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
8,709

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes; "The Lowdown on Uptown" featurette; "Rockin' Style" featurette ; Video stills gallery; "Time" music video with Chantal Kreviazuk; Original theatrical trailer; Soundtrack spot

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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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Charmed Life/Main Title
2. Happy Birthday!
3. Little-Girl Shoes
4. Rock 'n' Roll Monk
5. Dessert Chez Molly
6. Mutual Suffocation
7. Final Notice
8. Employee Discount
9. Mature Dating
10. Nanny Dearest
11. "You're Working for Me!"
12. Barred by the Board
13. Destitute Roomie
14. Truce on Probation
15. A Cleansing Sale
16. "It's a Harsh World"
17. Holy Domesticity
18. The Patronizing Arts
19. Fun for Grownups
20. One Girl's Recital...
21. Ray's Initiation
22. Scared Together
23. "The Sugar, Sugar"
24. A Show on Sick People
25. Cotton, Tulle & Leather
26. Respectable Severance
27. The Selfish Muse
28. Selling Off Dad
29. Where Is Ray?
30. A Memorable Service
31. A Little Magic for Molly
32. End Credits

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