Sisters Tanzie and Ava (Hilary and Haylie Duff) have it all ? designer clothes to wear, hunky guys to date and millions of dollars to spend. Their life has been one big party since inheriting their dad's cosmetics company.... more ».. but the party ends when a product scandal leaves the celebutantes without a penny to their name. It's a hilarious riches-to-rags tale as the girls go from maximum fun to minimum wage. Co-starring Anjelica Huston and Lukas Haas, MATERIAL GIRLS proves that laughter is always in fashion.« less
I thought it was good but I really got if for my granddaughter.
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Kristin Wilson | 10/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am so happy to finally know a release date for this! I went and saw the movie on opening weekend, I was able to talk my dad into going, which was cool because we used to have a tradition of going to the movies before school started, but we hadn't gone in so long, and actually, most of the movies I like are movies I would not feel comfortable seeing with my dad. This is a family friendly movie, and I think anyone with an open mind would enjoy it. I loved it, I am a 23 year old Hilary Duff fan, and proud, but even my dad enjoyed the movie, then again he always preferred "clean" movies to some of the more mainstream inappropriate films. This movie will definitely be in my collection, and when I have kids I will very comfortably watch it with them.
Overall, great movie, funny, inspiring."
Good but suffers from the writing
Shawn Bell | Seattle, Wa. USA | 08/21/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"These two girls work so hard and are very talented and this film has it's charm, it's not a bad film, but the writing is a bit weak. That said, the girls perform well given what they had to work with. I think that both Duffs are in the situation of being quite talented but in search of a worthy and well written script as young adults.They are not the only actors in such a situation unfortunately, the fact that Hollywood has many years where the overall movie making lacks great quality does not help.
I saw it this weekend and I'd say am glad I did. It was really nice to see Haylie at work. The performance from both Duff's was good in spite of the writing. It can also be said that the film shows off both girls physical beauty more so than previous projects.I ,sadly, cannot say that I've ever met Haylie but I have seen Hilary close up in person and she really is as beautiful as she looks in pictures. This film captures more of that.
I understand who the target audience for this is and even fans who are from the broader spectrum should see it and not judge it harshly. It's charming and I'd buy the dvd. They really wanted to work together on a project and I applaud that and hope they get the chance to do so again with a better script.
Don't waste your time
guitarchick24 | USA | 01/02/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I had heard mixed reviews of this movie, enough to make me curious at the rental store. I give kudos to anyone who's patient enough to watch this movie the whole way through.
Material Girls stars sisters Hilary and Hayley Duff as two fictional sisters who are heiresses to a major corporation and the money it produces. The Marchetta girls are the faces of the Marchetta cosmetics company, started by their late father, but that's all they really are - the figureheads. The company is actually run by their father's best friend and the man who holds their company - and fortune - in trust. When a scandal breaks loose regarding toxic ingredients in the cosmetics and facially damaging products, the sisters lose their fortune overnight and become "poor." (Sort of.) But something doesn't seem right... so they take matters into their own hands and investigate the situation.
It's hard to imagine that anyone could be so clueless about the real world and the issues that regular people face, but the Marchetta girls don't think beyond the latest fashion or party. They're so self-focused to the point of rudeness, and it's not until the tables are turned that they realize there's a bigger world out there. (And they're still pretty rude and self-centered.) I also found some things hard to believe - from what I could tell, the girls weren't of age (hence the "in trust" issue with their father's friend), and yet they're living in this huge mansion with no one to supervise them but servants. Where's their mother? When their house burns down they don't turn to family, they turn to their former housekeeper to take them in.
This movie had potential to be a really good coming-of-age story, if the two Marchetta sisters were allowed to grow up. As it was, once they decided to "investigate," I just skipped ahead on the DVD to the very predictable ending. I was extremely disgusted with their behavior throughout most of the movie and the fact that, in spite of their hardships, they didn't seem to learn anything. They just complained about their situation (no valets? we have to take the bus? we have to clean things?) and still managed to come out on top.
There are much better movies out there that actually have the main characters grow and learn something through adversity. This one isn't even worth the space it holds on the rental shelf."
A good effort but....
Barbara L. Morris | Toledo Ohio USA | 03/25/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"3 stars for effort. This ALMOST was a good movie. I thought for sure it would be good because usually riches to rags stories are. (Just my luck" was cute, I thought.) This went nowhere, then DIED in the middle.
Although the IDEA was good, the story flopped, and this is why. Whoever edited it did a bad job. It was choppy, and a lot of it seemed FORCED.Certain scenes seemed totally out of synch.
ALSO, It was more Haylie's debut film, and Hillary was sort of just thrown in there...and truth is, I really don't care for Haylie Duff. But all stars try getting thier sisters in, I guess. Britney did it with Jamie Lynn, Lindsay Lohan is trying to get her sis Ali in, and so on...
Anyway, had there been better editing, and the focus wasn't so much on Haylie, it could have been a good movie. The IDEA was good, but that is where it ended. Maybe worth a rental but not a buy."
My Review on Material Girls
Barbara L. Morris | 11/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I think Material Girls was amazing. It was Hilary Duff's best film ever. I would rate it best movie of the year. I think it's cool how they try to proove they didn't sell a toxic product. I like how Hilary and Hailey worked together it made it so much more realistic. That's my point of view on Material Girls."