Uptown Girls Review
By Shawn McKenzie 08/16/2003
When you are surrounded by a weekend of slasher films and Westerns, maybe a cute little comedy is just what you need. For the most part, Uptown Girls delivers.
Molly Gunn (Brittany Murphy) is the spoiled daughter of a rock star who’s been living off the trust fund left to her by her late parents (they died in a car crash.) She has never had to work a day in her life and she just parties with her friends, Ingrid (Marley Shelton) and Huey (Donald Faison.) Lately, she has been obsessed with an up and coming rocker named Neil Fox (Jesse Spencer.) He uses her as his muse, but soon grows tired of her obsessive nature (she keeps him in her apartment for days.) The family’s accountant controlling her trust fund takes all of her money and flees the country though, and the childlike Molly must now get a job and move in with Ingrid. After a failed attempt at working in a retail store, Huey hooks her up with a job working for record executive Roma Schleine (Heather Locklear) as a nanny for her daughter Ray (Dakota Fanning.) Ray is an 8-year-old girl who acts like she is 40-years-old. This is possibly because her mom is never around and her father is in a coma. She can’t believe the immature Molly is her nanny, and fights with her constantly. Slowly, Molly and her pet pot-bellied pig melt Ray’s cold heart, while also learning how to become an adult herself.
This is one of those movies that deliberately tries to tug at your heartstrings. It almost goes overboard in that aspect, and by the end, you are rolling your eyes. Murphy displays some good physical comedy, and Fanning blows you away with her talent. I can guarantee you that this little girl will see an Oscar nomination in the next couple of years…just not for this movie. She has an expression in her face that many adult stars haven’t been able to master. It’s just too bad that she was forced to say cheesy lines like “I do” after Muphy’s character says that she doesn’t see any adults in this room.
If you don’t want to see a battle between horror icons or a boring Western with a wooden star, give Uptown Girls a try. It’s not the best movie of the year, but in the dumping ground known as the month of August, you could do worse.
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