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Little Black Book [Aug. 16th, 2004|12:37 am]
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Little Black Book looks like your run-of-the-mill romantic comedy. And part of that is the marketing: they seem to want you to think that's all it is. But there's a lot more going on underneath.
It's the story of Brittany Murphy's Stacy wanting to know more about the exes her boyfriend Derek (Ron Livingston, hurrah!) seems to want to keep a secret. So, with the help of her devious co-worker Barb (the Holly Hunter we don't see enough of, the Holly Hunter from Broadcast News), Stacy gets into his Palm and finds out about his past three girlfriends.

But that's not good enough. She wants to meet them. She wants to interview them in order to find out what sort of a boyfriend Derek is. From there, it gets interesting. And the deeper it goes, the more aparent it becomes that this isn't going to be your typical love story. And, in fact, before it's done, it's a wild combination of Wag the Dog, The Truman Show, EdTV, and even, just a bit, Network. The ending is downright Machiavellian, and almost too painful to watch.

It's a bit too fluffy to go where it does with its satire, and it's a bit too dark to be a light romcom. It almost works...almost. But it's just mismatched enough that it doesn't quite make it. It's cute, entertaining, and funny...but it's also awkward.

And, speaking of awkward...whatever happened to Brittany Murphy, anyway? I have been wondering this for a while. If I didn't know the truth, it would take a lot of convincing to believe that the star of this movie is the same little Clueless girl who drew Marvin the Martian and fell for Travis Birkenstock.

[User Picture]From: effy
2004-08-16 02:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, critics actually call this movie the second coming of Gigli. Shudder.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-08-16 04:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's not as bad as THAT...it's just a little harsher than you're led to believe...one reviewer called the ending "breathtakingly cruel."
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From: drewberry4
2004-08-16 03:18 pm (UTC)
She grew up and dyed her hair blonde. Isn't that enough to change someone out of their awkward stage? Unless they're Heather Matarazzo, who I think will forever be in that stage. (p.s. did you know she came out recently? she has a long-term serious girlfriend)

Is Little Black Book creepy at all? It seems really creepy that a girlfriend would go to such lengths to check up on her boyfriend.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-08-16 03:59 pm (UTC)
Not creepy, exactly...but the word to describe the climax would definitely be "harrowing."
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[User Picture]From: tarpo
2004-08-18 05:26 pm (UTC)
Brittany Murphy seems to have gone to the Harrison Ford school of script selection.. She seems like a fine actress.. Just picks these godawful roles to showcase herself in..

Unlike Harrison Ford.. who I think is a Tom Hanks level of talent and screen presence but picks the absolute WORST scripts.. I guess he is still just a carpenter when you get right down to it
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-08-18 08:06 pm (UTC)
Hehe...he started out fairly well Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Frantic, Bladerunner, Witness, The Fugitive...and then...something happened, and he's doing Hollywood Homicide and What Lies Beneath.

I blame Callista, quite frankly.
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[User Picture]From: tarpo
2004-08-18 08:26 pm (UTC)
I think he reached a point where he started picking his own scripts instead of letting his agent have a say.

The Fugitive was in 1993.. and except for Air Force One.. which depending on who you ask was either great or total shit he hasn't had ONE movie that would be even considered good.. forget great...

Hopefully something will click before its too late.. I honestly believe that Ford and Tom Hanks are 2 of the greatest actors of this generation
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-08-18 08:37 pm (UTC)
What intrigues me is, Entertainment Weekly is saying that Zach Braff (Scrubs, Garden State) could very well be Hanks' heir. He's intelligent, talented, not unhandsome...and he's got that indefinable everyman quality.

Plus, they both started on a popular sit-com! Ha.
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[User Picture]From: tarpo
2004-08-19 12:37 pm (UTC)
But only one of them has spent time in drag so far heh

Who knows who the next name will be.. Hard to tell until they have a good solid body of work behind them
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