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Release Date: August 15, 2003

Starring: Brittany Murphy, Dakota Fanning, Marley Shelton, Jesse Spencer, and Heather Locklear

Genre: Drama

Audience: Teenagers and adults REVIEWER:
Lisa A. Rice In UPTOWN GIRLS,
22-year-old Molly Gunn (played
by Brittany Murphy), the
freewheeling daughter of a
deceased rock legend, is
pulling out all the stops to
throw herself a fancy party in
New York City. She leaves her
filthy rich-girl apartment,
walks past dozens of flowers
and gifts, and goes dancing at
a club with all her socialite
friends. There, she meets a
little precocious
eight-year-old Ray (played by
Dakota Fanning), the
oft-ignored daughter of a
female music executive (played
by Heather Locklear), whom her
friend, Huey, is babysitting.
Huey tells Molly that Ray has
gone through multiple nannies
and really needs a new,
tougher one, now. Molly laughs
and wishes them luck. She then
meets the handsome Joe, a
guitar player who gives her an
incredible birthday
serenade. After bringing him
home to her piggy apartment
(It literally is piggy; she
owns a little pink pig who
runs around the place and
makes it even messier!), she
finally seduces him into going
to bed with her. It helps that
she owns the full guitar
collection of her famous rock
star father. Joe is appalled
the next morning when he
realizes how truly piggy the
apartment is, but he sticks
around enough to play the
famous guitars. Molly is
certain they are in love. All
seems well for a few days,
until Molly is informed that
her manager has absconded with
all her money – and her
parents’ money, and she is
now flat broke. In comes Huey
again, with the same need for
the precocious brat who needs
a nanny. Reluctantly, Molly
takes the job, but by the
second day, after a huge fight
with the germ-conscious,
hyper-rules-oriented, uptight
child, she walks out. After
realizing that Joe is really
not available for her, and
that she’s truly more broke
than she’d dreamed, she
manages to get her job back
and tries to get to know Ray.
She finds out that Ray’s
father is in a coma in the
library, so Ray has spent her
entire eight years pretty much
void of any kind of parenting,
and thus has the
hyper-parentally-inverted
personality. Molly shares that
her parents died in a plane
crash when she was eight, and
that she’d gone to Coney
Island to spin and spin on the
“Teacups” to take the pain
away. After that, she had
never been able to grow up.
She is a grown woman with a
little girl’s soul. The two
girls look hard at one another
– the child with an adult
outlook, and the adult stuck
in child gear. They decide to
teach each other how to act
one’s age. Through poignant
and often humorous adventures,
the ladies learn some valuable
life lessons. UPTOWN GIRLS is
sweet and sad, accurately
portraying the ache in the
heart of parentless children.
How wonderful it would have
been if the filmmakers had
shown healing through a
portrayal of restoration of
the father-heart of God, or
even a symbolic earthly male,
or someone who represented the
El Shaddai, but they don’t.
They suggest spinning in
teacups at a carnival. They
show wounded girls trying to
heal other wounded girls,
which is sweet but an
inadequate picture of God’s
plan for true healing. The
movie is marred by some
obscenities and sexual
overtones (though it is
probably true that fatherless
girls are often promiscuous
because they have a pronounced
hunger for male affirmation).
There are also portrayals of
yoga and meditation, as well
as some New Age affirmations.
Should parents choose to take
their young teenagers to
UPTOWN GIRLS, it would be a
worthwhile exercise to discuss
the heart pain and behavior
patterns of fatherless
children and the difference
between the movie’s solution
for therapy and God’s plan
for true healing. Please
address your comments to: Alex
Yemenidjian, CEO MGM/UA 2500
Broadway Street Santa Monica,
CA 90404-3061 Phone: (310)
449-3000 Fax: (310) 449-3024

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 90 minutes

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Content:

(H, FR, Pa, B, LL, V, S, N, AA, D, M) Humanist worldview portraying hopeless responses to tragedy and some portrayals of yoga/meditation/New Age techniques for “centering soul,” yet some moral elements with clear need for fathers portrayed, as well as fruits of slothfulness versus responsibility and discipline; about six mild obscenities and about eight light profanities; violence includes an attempted suicide by jumping off bridge, but girl lands upright in shallow water; sexual scene(s) implied but not overtly shown; scantily-clad ladies shown in negligees and underwear; many portrayals of alcohol; some portrayals of smoking; and, lying, carousing, etc.

GENRE: Drama

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Summary:

In UPTOWN GIRLS, Molly Gunn, the freewheeling daughter of a deceased rock legend, is forced to get a job as a nanny for precocious Ray, the oft-ignored 8-year-old daughter of a music executive. UPTOWN GIRLS is sweet and sad, accurately portraying the ache in the heart of parentless children, but it contains some light foul language, implied sex, and New Age content.

Review:

In UPTOWN GIRLS, 22-year-old Molly Gunn (played by Brittany Murphy), the freewheeling daughter of a deceased rock legend, is pulling out all the stops to throw herself a fancy party in New York City. She leaves her filthy rich-girl apartment, walks past dozens of flowers and gifts, and goes dancing at a club with all her socialite friends. There, she meets a little precocious eight-year-old Ray (played by Dakota Fanning), the oft-ignored daughter of a female music executive (played by Heather Locklear), whom her friend, Huey, is babysitting. Huey tells Molly that Ray has gone through multiple nannies and really needs a new, tougher one, now. Molly laughs and wishes them luck. She then meets the handsome Joe, a guitar player who gives her an incredible birthday serenade.

After bringing him home to her piggy apartment (It literally is piggy; she owns a little pink pig who runs around the place and makes it even messier!), she finally seduces him into going to bed with her. It helps that she owns the full guitar collection of her famous rock star father. Joe is appalled the next morning when he realizes how truly piggy the apartment is, but he sticks around enough to play the famous guitars. Molly is certain they are in love.

All seems well for a few days, until Molly is informed that her manager has absconded with all her money – and her parents’ money, and she is now flat broke. In comes Huey again, with the same need for the precocious brat who needs a nanny. Reluctantly, Molly takes the job, but by the second day, after a huge fight with the germ-conscious, hyper-rules-oriented, uptight child, she walks out. After realizing that Joe is really not available for her, and that she’s truly more broke than she’d dreamed, she manages to get her job back and tries to get to know Ray. She finds out that Ray’s father is in a coma in the library, so Ray has spent her entire eight years pretty much void of any kind of parenting, and thus has the hyper-parentally-inverted personality.

Molly shares that her parents died in a plane crash when she was eight, and that she’d gone to Coney Island to spin and spin on the “Teacups” to take the pain away. After that, she had never been able to grow up. She is a grown woman with a little girl’s soul. The two girls look hard at one another – the child with an adult outlook, and the adult stuck in child gear. They decide to teach each other how to act one’s age. Through poignant and often humorous adventures, the ladies learn some valuable life lessons.

UPTOWN GIRLS is sweet and sad, accurately portraying the ache in the heart of parentless children. How wonderful it would have been if the filmmakers had shown healing through a portrayal of restoration of the father-heart of God, or even a symbolic earthly male, or someone who represented the El Shaddai, but they don’t. They suggest spinning in teacups at a carnival. They show wounded girls trying to heal other wounded girls, which is sweet but an inadequate picture of God’s plan for true healing.

The movie is marred by some obscenities and sexual overtones (though it is probably true that fatherless girls are often promiscuous because they have a pronounced hunger for male affirmation). There are also portrayals of yoga and meditation, as well as some New Age affirmations. Should parents choose to take their young teenagers to UPTOWN GIRLS, it would be a worthwhile exercise to discuss the heart pain and behavior patterns of fatherless children and the difference between the movie’s solution for therapy and God’s plan for true healing.

Please address your comments to:

Alex Yemenidjian, CEO

MGM/UA

2500 Broadway Street

Santa Monica, CA 90404-3061

Phone: (310) 449-3000

Fax: (310) 449-3024

SUMMARY: In UPTOWN GIRLS, Molly Gunn, the freewheeling daughter of a deceased rock legend, is forced to get a job as a nanny for precocious Ray, the oft-ignored 8-year-old daughter of a music executive. UPTOWN GIRLS is sweet and sad, accurately portraying the ache in the heart of parentless children, but it contains some light foul language, implied sex, and New Age content.

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