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Party Girl
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by Scott Weinberg

"Posey effortlessly overcomes a somewhat flimsy framework."
4 stars

Already more than a little out-of-date and rather silly in its devotion to the late-night party life, Party Girl is still a pretty darn entertaining little diversion - even if it is not much more than a paper-thin retread of the old ‘modern gal discovers maturity’ schtick.

With a less ebullient lead on board, my guess is that this one could have been an interminable chore. But fortunately for all involed, the lead is (of course) indie-queen and all-around sassy-cool gal Parker Posey.

Posey’s been a hardworking staple in independent film for years now, and cineplex audiences have recently been able to enjoy her quirky stylings in stuff like Josie and the Pussycats and The Sweetest Thing. But it was Party Girl that gave Posey a big colorful starring role in which to showcase her brassy humor, oddball grace and impressive acting skills. In other words, she’d been around a while and some smart indie director (Daisy von Scherler Mayer) came up with what seems a vehicle tailor-made for Posey’s imposing talent.

Posey plays “party girl” Mary, an irresponsible free spirit who pays her New York rent by hosting swanky “rent parties”. After being arrested for one particularly loud bash, Mary reluctantly accepts a library job from her concerned godmother. Obviously a young woman given to all-night drug parties would find a library a tough place to get along in, though (to her credit) Mary does learn some responsibility - but only before screwing up BIG time…

There are of course various colorful friends of varying attitude and sexuality - as well as a handsome Lebanese felafel vendor for Mary to woo (unsuccessfully until the end, natch). Predictably, Mary begins to grow more responsible and ambitious as her late-night activities begin to curtail. To be perfectly honest, Party Girl follows a fairly predictable narrative; the quality lies almost exclusively in the details.

Parker Posey’s performance alone would probably make this flick worthy of a weekend rental, though there’s also a funky soundtrack of mid-90s rave tunes. Familiar faces like Live Schrieber and Guillermo Diaz help to colorfully populate the background, though this show is Posey’s spotlight all the way. Her performance is sprinkled with big toothy grins, theatrically amusing line deliveries, and a pair of dance-happy hips that punctuate the flick’s best moments. If you’re a fan of this generally overlooked actor, you’ll certainly enjoy Party Girl.

And if you’re not…well, see this movie and you soon will be.

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4/15/16 kpgmhn USA 2 stars
7/25/04 abu hasan ok 5 stars
7/09/03 David Garcia It was really good! 4 stars
5/08/03 abdul_wahed good movie 3 stars
3/02/03 mike t fucking sucks 1 stars
3/26/02 Wendy A visual bible! What a fun little flick. Perfect background noise during a real party. 4 stars
3/09/02 Debi A1995 time warp. I'm a librarian. If you are, then you'll understand why I like it! 4 stars
6/02/01 nhbri Great one liners, hystericallly portrays the life of a modern 20-something hip chic. 5 stars
11/28/00 Monday Morning A valley girl in NYC...big deal. Almost a total waste of time. 2 stars
11/05/00 Gray Parker Posey's worst film. 2 stars
8/11/00 Elvisfan Very funny, insightful, characters to care about & laugh with 5 stars
6/28/99 Steve Bashakus What a great, engaging movie - Parker is the shit. 5 stars
2/24/99 Thom Party Girl is about becoming an adult. Campy and ironic, but serious fun. 5 stars
12/24/98 PirateGirl The humor is HIGHLY underrated. Ew, incest. 4 stars
8/28/98 Mister Whoopee Kind of enjoyed this when I saw it, but I really hate the fact. There was nothing of merit. 2 stars
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