Party Girl

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Released 1995

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Director:
Daisy von Scherler Mayer
Released:
1995
Rating:
R
Party Girl is an unconventional comedy centered around a young woman who struggles to find her calling in life. Mary (Parker Posey) is all too familiar with the existential crises met by most Generation X-ers - at 24 she still fails to find something she cares to work at other than her social life, which is in full bloom. But Mary's "search" doesn't involve much thought or responsibility. Instead of finding a job, she decides to start throwing parties at her house in order to pay rent. Things go swimmingly at first, but she is eventually thrown in jail after one of her shindigs gets out of control. Luckily, she is bailed out by her godmother who requests she take a job at a local library so she can pay her back. Will a sense of responsibility and purpose wake Mary up and help guide her in the right direction? Party Girl is unique in that the protagonist, Mary, doesn't require love or a physical makeover (Clueless, The Princess Diaries) to advance in the right direction. Rather, she must find meaningful work and purpose in life. This 1995 was written and directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer and met critical acclaim during its release. A great movie especially for those who enjoy Posey's quirky style and demeanor.moreless

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Peter Rainer

    Party Girl has the courage of its own no-braininess.

  • 50

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Party Girl aspires to be a mid-90's answer to the Susan Seidelman movies "Smithereens" and "Desperately Seeking Susan." Although it has some of the same frothy energy, it has no re...

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    This trifle about a dizzy downtown New York scenester who gets a grip on her life is energized by several attractive characters and enough youthful pep to put it over as an upbeat ...

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