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Garden Party
Garden Party
Actors: Erik Smith, Tierra Abbott, Vinessa Shaw, Willa Holland, Richard Gunn
Director: Jason Freeland
Genres: Drama
UR     2008     1hr 28min

A fifteen-year-old girl moves to Los Angeles and becomes friends with a group of confused teenagers who are struggling to chase their dreams.

     
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Actors: Erik Smith, Tierra Abbott, Vinessa Shaw, Willa Holland, Richard Gunn
Director: Jason Freeland
Creators: Robert Benavides, Jason Freeland, Daniel R. Padgett, Jason R. Houston, Joseph Middleton, Tim Youd
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Love & Romance
Studio: Lions Gate
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 11/18/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 00/00/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 28min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Kenny H. (tneagle)
Reviewed on 7/20/2010...
This is another one of those movies about Hollywood and people who are dysfunctional trying to live there. Beware of scenes of unnatural affection.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Shallow, but entertaining
Bradley F. Smith | Miami Beach, FL | 06/09/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Ensemble cast flick about a bunch of very young Angelinos as they go about their lives. No plot to be bothered with. Some gratuitous nudity. In fact, people seem to be disrobing every few minutes here to compensate for the lack of drama. No matter. This is still entertaining enough for a night's viewing pleasure."
I Went To A Garden Party
Bryan A. Pfleeger | Metairie, Louisiana United States | 07/10/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Jason Freeland's Garden Party is one of those films that tries hard to be hip and chic but doesn't always hit its mark. The intersecting story film is notoriously hard to pull off. When done well (Altman's Short Cuts, Haggis' Crash) they can be quite realistic and interesting to see. Unfortunately Garden Party comes off as improbable and contrived.

Garden Party (it takes its name from the Ricky Nelson song) attempts to tell the story of a group of young people living in Los Angeles. First there is 15 year old April (Willa Holland) new in town and trying to get by without having to take off her clothes. Sammy is a muscian who is looking for a break, Nathan is a intern at the real estate office of Sally St Clair (Vinesaa Shaw). St. Clair is a pot growing real estate agent who has some particularly nasty skeletons in her closet who is the glue that holds the film together.

While not a bad film it could have been much better. The biggest complaint is that Freeland does little to make his viewers care about his characters or their stories. The entire film has a sort of sordid feel that makes it hard to get into.

As a small release the film is presented in standard definition with no extras to spesk of.

This may be worth a rental if your interest lies in this type of filmmaking."