|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.