This is a quirky and heartwarming tale that flirts with bleakness and depression as Mike Leigh points his brutally honest camera towards these two women who have matured a lot and reflect back on their past mistakes only to be faced by them again. Katrin Cartlidge was a powerhouse.
A notre grand regret, le film est une évidente déception; fonctionnant sur un lancinant balancement entre présent et passé, avec une verbalisation frisant quelquefois la surabondance et la logorrhée hystérique et pêchant d'un manque évident de rigueur
I just found the performances in the flash back scenes to be embarassingly affected and overplayed... it was clearly actors "acting". The scene in the pub with the girls and Mark Benton had me hiding behind the sofa. Hated this!
It took a little while, but, inevitably, the characters grew on me. Mike Leigh has a talent for converting scripts into a breathing entity- I slip into the story and stop question the existence of its characters. Career Girls is particularly chopy, though, with a god-awful, dreadful score, aging the movie in a bad way. Unfortunately this was a negative Mike Leigh experience & my least favorite of his mighty canon.