True, but as the viewer and already knowing what kind of person she is, she is a pretty disgusting person. I've been thinking about this film a lot lately and I love it more and more everyday.
"Lady, the ostensible protagonist, is a fluffy blonde cocker spaniel with absolutely nothing on her mind. She’s great looking but, let’s be honest, incredibly insipid. Tramp, the love interest, is a smarmy braggart of the most obnoxious kind. An oily jailbird, out for a piece of tail, or whatever he can get." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEUGmWlkJZk
Really enjoyed this. It's far from perfect, but the script is excellent and dialogues are engaging as always with Stillman. You can relate to a lot of it, even if you're not a yuppie like or went thru the whole disco phase. Such kind of movies arent really made that often so its always a pleasure to see one.
So excellent. Heady and immersive; both specific to its milieu and very universal. The panoramic nightclub scenes are done just as adeptly as the more talk-heavy sequences. I like all the Stillman movies I've seen but this one seems to have more blood in it than the rest. The stakes are a little higher and consequently the payoff is richer, cinematically and emotionally. I love most any movie that ends with dancing.
Revisiting Stillman this week in anticipation of Damsels in Distress' arrival, it occurred to me that my memory of TLDoD was vanishingly slight. Watching it tonight made it plain why: it is not a memorable film. Were it not for the understated, unexpected triumph of Metropolitan several years before -- and the still substantial, albeit shakier charms of Barcelona -- this lifeless film would have sunk like a stone.
I'm pretty sure Stillman has created some of the most unlikeable characters I've ever seen. Beckinsale plays a character with absolutely no redeeming qualities even when she tries to play straight and earnest.
I recently watched this film again (I bought the Criterion DVD last year) and I forgot how much I truely love everything about it. Chloe and Kate play off each other so well and Chris Eigeman brings it home. Their performances and Stillman's script make me feel like I'm there experiencing the end of a musical and social movement.
The ending was stellar and so bittersweet in the likes of Beautiful Girls and Dazed and Confused, both of which I love. Highly memorable but not very good in its execution. Great script, mixed acting and some characters that felt unnecessary and was given too much attention. Three strong stars.
Of all the Kate Beckinsales, this is my favorite Kate Beckinsale. Bring back bitchy Beckinsale!
Thankfully Hulu is showing this for free. I read about it and was interested enough to consider picking it up, but after seeing it, I'm happy I didn't. It's a decent film, but I really don't understand why Criterion felt the need to release it. I absolutely did not care for the ridiculous soliloquies at the end.