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Uptown Girls
Uptown Girls
Actors: Brittany Murphy, Dakota Fanning, Heather Locklear, Jesse Spencer, Marley Shelton
Director: Boaz Yakin
Genres: Comedy, Drama
PG-13     2004     1hr 32min

Brittany Murphy (don't Say a Word) and Dakota Fanning (I Am Sam) shine brighter than all the lights of Manhattan in this delightful New York fairy tale. Co-starring Marley Shelton (Never Been Kissed), Donald Faison ("Scrub...  more »

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Actors: Brittany Murphy, Dakota Fanning, Heather Locklear, Jesse Spencer, Marley Shelton
Director: Boaz Yakin
Creators: Boaz Yakin, Allison Jacobs, Fisher Stevens, Julia Dahl, Lisa Davidowitz, Mo Ogrodnik
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, Love & Romance
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 01/06/2004
Original Release Date: 08/15/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 08/15/2003
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 32min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 37
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Special Edition
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Member Movie Reviews

Sharon F. (Shar) from AVON PARK, FL
Reviewed on 4/26/2022...
Dakota Fanning is superb in this role. Such a cute movie for both little and grown girls.
Aldo C. (jamesdeanfan81) from SAN GABRIEL, CA
Reviewed on 4/28/2014...
Dakota Fanning and Brittany Murphy worked well and balanced each other in the movie. Fanning is brilliant and has demonstrated her versatility in this film and others she has graced us with on-screen. Murphy shined as a spoiled heir that basically had everything one could possibly want in life and in one moment that privilege life was taken away. What happened next illustrates that no matter what obstacles we encounter (big or small) we can always overcome them and if necessary start from scratch. And more importantly, we can help each other grow mentally no matter one's age. For me, the movie as a whole worked because the characters played an equally important role to further the life lessons I thought the director wanted to us to learn.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jennifer D. (jennicat) from ST AUGUSTINE, FL
Reviewed on 4/2/2014...
Really cute.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Reviewed on 12/10/2009...
Very cute movie. It was fun to watch the young lady grow up, and the young girl learn how to be a kid.
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Movie Reviews

A formula film that pulls together a pretty good ending
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 02/20/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"In terms of the basic plot "Uptown Girls" is totally predictable. Molly Gunn (Brittany Murphy) is a spoiled little rich girl who needs to grow up when she is forced to go out and get a job for the first time in her life. Ray Schleine (Dakota Fanning) is an 8-year-old even littler little rich girl who is not only a hypochondriac and wise beyond her years but who needs to learn how to be a kid. Of course circumstances throw them together when Molly becomes Ray's nanny. There is the comic period of butting heads, the tentative beginnings of friendship, the point at which things blow up big time, and the heartfelt reconciliation. But one of the reasons that formula films like this continue to be made is because more often than not they work. The result is not a great film, but an enjoyable one where the best part of the film is the finale, where between them writers Julia Dahl, Mo Ogrodnik, Lisa Davidowitz and Allison Jacobs come up with a creative way of bringing together major plot elements. The twist with Molly Gunn is that she is the daughter of a rock 'n' roll legend, guitarist Tommy Gunn. Her parents were killed in a plane crash when she was about Ray's age and she has been living off the residuals. In her apartment there is a shrine in which all of her father's guitars are displayed, including the one on which he wrote his biggest hit, "Molly Smiles," the song that Molly can no longer bear to here. Molly might be spoiled, but she has a kind heart and not a mean bone in her body. When her accountant steals all of her money and disappears she has her friends, Ingrid (Marley Shelton) and Huey (Donald Faison), who stay true and try to help her survive in the real world (I liked not having to do deal with her friends forgetting her now that she is broke). She also likes Neal Fox (Jesse Spencer), the young musician who plays at her birthday party. The only problem is that he is 274 days in his sobriety and wants to be celibate the first year. But he too is inspired by Molly to write a song that becomes a hit.Ray's mother, Roma Schleine (Heather Locklear) runs a record label, which, of course, signs Neal. This also explains why Ray needs a Nanny and we already know why the kid's attitude has a long procession of nanny's coming and going. But beyond her immaculate room and her preoccupation with germs and disease, Ray has her own father issue: he suffered a stroke and is now a vegetable set up in the library of the apartment. She seldom talks about her dad and she never visits him. To Molly, this is just wrong, but she does not give the obvious speech. Ray is smart enough to know what she would say and Molly bides her time until the time comes to say the right thing. In the counter-part to that scene that comes shortly afterwards, Molly and Ray communicate a whole range of emotions without either one of them even saying a word. Films like this rarely let silence speak so well on the behalf of the characters. Dakota Fanning was the best thing in "Taken," and after her solid performance in "I Am Sam" it is nice to see her do a more comedic role in this film. Count me in the growing list of those who think she could well be the Jodi Foster of her generation (to wit, she is better than Jodi Foster was at this age and you have the sense that she can make the transition from child star to adult star). Brittany Murphy, who was wasted in "Just Married" and was asked to do something decidedly different in "8 Mile," sinks her teeth into this role. She has the ditzy parts down pat, but it is the honest moments that she shares with both Ray and Roma that she achieves her best grace notes in the film. She should get a lot of opportunities to do more romantic comedies and as long as they have some basis in the real world and do not require her character to go over the top, she should thrive in such roles.Again, I want to applaud the creativity shown at the end of the film. Coming up with a payoff at the end of a film like this is difficult, because you need something that brings the characters together in a happy ending. What I like about this ending is that it achieves this without the characters involved ever making physical contact, by involving at least a half-dozen key plot elements, and, most importantly, by having the song we have been waiting almost the entire movie to hear be as good as it was supposed to be. When you watch the film a second time pay attention to how the music is set up during the auction scene. There might not be enough new here to make this a great film, but director Boaz Yakin has made "Uptown Girls" a nicely crafted formula film that more than meets our expectations."
A Curious Comedy
General Breadbasket | 07/02/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Brittany Murphy, Dakota Fanning and a pig called Mu star in the curious comedy "Uptown Girls", directed by Boaz Yakin. It's a bit of a mixed bag, I thought. There were parts I liked, parts I hated, parts I was intrigued by, and parts that just left me baffled. Overall, I liked it though.

Molly (Brittany Murphy), is the daughter of a late rock star, and lives off his wealth, in decadence, within a large apartment, along with her pet pig Mu. She is fairly superficial, as are her friends, and Molly's rather childish too. Sometime after her 22nd birthday, her late father's manager runs off with all the money she'd been living from, leaving her with nothing. She is kicked out of her apartment and has to find a job. She ends up becoming a nanny to "Ray" (Dakota Fanning), an uptight, smart alecy, germophobe of a little girl, the daughter of a wealthy record executive. They are certainly an odd couple, and some comic scenes follow, but its not all laughs. As the two girls spend time together, there are many a touching and dramatic moment as they realise they have a lot in common, both being a little eccentric, both being the daughters of wealthy families, and both having certain tragedies in their lives they're yet to cope with.

I wouldn't exactly call this a straight ahead comedy. Though there is a love interest for Molly as well, a Morrissey-esque rock singer (Jesse Spencer) she meets at her birthday party, I wouldn't call this a romantic comedy either, as this fellow isn't the main focus of the film, and their relationship isn't exactly conventional. Neither of them really seem interested in each other, yet they come together, on again off again. The whole film was just this kaleidescope of elements, tumbling around within the plot.

Though I was a little put off at first, I found this film fascinating. It was interesting to see characters first potrayed as parodies show a depth later on, while characters who seemed more three dimensional later showed a shallower side. No one here was exactly a carciature, but no one again was exactly completely real. It was a refreshing mix of the two, and I think they all pulled it off fairly well.

Special features include a quite large selection of deleted and alternate scenes, including a sex scene or two for some reason, as well as a behind the scenes featurette with interviews with the actors and director Boaz Yakin, a featurette about the fashion of the film, a montage of stills, the original movie trailer and a music video for "Time" by Chantal Kreviazuk, which looks pretty standard for a movie soundtrack music video (shots of singer singing interdispersed with footage from the film, etc). I would have preferred to see a music video for the songs Jesse Spencer's rock singer character sings, I quite liked those, they were funny and catchy, one of my favorite parts of the film.

An intriguing comedy, got me thinking by the end of it. Worth a look."
Love it
Nelly Marie | 10/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I loved this movie!! I laughed and cried. I watched it with my 24 year old brother and he liked it too! He could figure out the ending, but then again he watches a lot of movies! Its such a good movie you just need to watch it!"