MATERIAL GIRLS

"For Richer or for Poorer"

Quality: Content: -1 "CAUTION"
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Content:

(B, C, AC, Cap, L, M) ; Generally a Biblical worldview promoting honesty and integrity over wealth; story presents honest capitalism as good and dirty tricks as bad; three obscenities; no profanities; no sex, nudity or violence; smoking present but rebuked, villain excuses herself to go to church to teach a Bible study.

Summary:

MATERIAL GIRLS, Hilary and Haylie Duff play two spoiled rich girls who wind up in the poor house. The comedy will barely generate a smile, but the message is generally wholesome: life is about more than just money and things. But, the fly in the ointment is the cheap shot about hypocritical Bible teachers.

Review:

What happens when two spoiled rich girls wind up in the poor house? MATERIAL GIRLS tries to mine this premise for both laughs and lessons with modest success.
Hilary and Haylie Duff star as sisters whose father built a successful cosmetic company enabling them to become high society snobs with parties to attend every night and servants for their every whim. After the father’s death, the company begins to slide and the new head of the company (Brent Spiner) proposes that the girls sell out to their arch rival cosmetic company.
Suddenly, a scandal breaks about the company’s cosmetics causing horrible skin diseases. The girls accidentally burn down their house, get their car stolen and discover that their credit card account has been closed. They wind up living with their former cook and housekeeper (Maria Conchita Alonso). From this point on the girls must adjust their thinking about both material things and personal relationships. The snobbish set abandons them, and they are forced to deal with people they would not previously have gone near.
The comedy will barely generate a smile, but the message is generally wholesome: life and business are both about a lot more than just making money and buying things. Honesty, integrity and concern for others is almost preached in the movie, however the fly in the ointment is that one of the dishonest villians in the story tries to excuse herself because she has to go to church to teach a Bible study.
The movie contains no violence, sex or nudity and only three mild obscenities. Were it not for these and the cheap shot on hypocritical Bible teachers the movie would have been commendable.

In Brief:

In MATERIAL GIRLS, two spoiled rich girls wind up in the poor house. Hilary and Haylie Duff star as sisters whose father built a successful cosmetic company enabling them to become high society snobs with parties to attend every night and servants for their every whim. After the father’s death, the company begins to slide. Suddenly, a scandal breaks about the company’s cosmetics causing horrible skin diseases. The girls wind up living with their former cook and housekeeper. From this point on the girls must adjust their thinking about both material things and personal relationships.
The comedy will barely generate a smile, but the message is generally wholesome: life is about more than just money and things. Honesty, integrity and concern for others is almost preached in the movie, however the fly in the ointment is that one of the dishonest villians in the story tries to excuse herself because she has to go to church to teach a Bible study. The movie contains no violence, sex or nudity and only three mild obscenities. Were it not for these and the cheap shot on hypocritical Bible teachers the movie would have been commendable.