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(2003), PG-13 -- ...delightfully if it were not for ... [the "R-13" material]
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): GreeneStreet Films Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Distribution (US): Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation
Director(s): Boaz Yakin
Producer(s): Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr., Allison Jacobs, John Penotti, Fisher Stevens, Tim Williams, Boaz Yakin
Written by/Screenplay: Story: Allison Jacobs. Screenplay: Julia Dahl, Mo Ogrodnik, Lisa Davidowitz
Cinematography/Camera: Michael Ballhaus
Music: Lesley Barber, Joel McNeely, Avril Lavigne
Casting: Ali Farrell, Laura Rosenthal
Production Design: Kalina Ivanov
Art Direction: Frank White
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
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Young adult Molly Gunn (Brittany Murphy) is the orphaned daughter of rock star parents killed in a plane crash, living off a trust fund set up by her parents. But nogoodnick Bob came along and swiped all the funds. Now Molly is on her own. When asked what she will do about money, the magistrate said "Get a job." So, she does.
Molly makes several efforts but settles down as a nanny for eight year old extremely clean, organized and proper but filled with unseen and denied sadness, Lorraine 'Ray' Schleine (Dakota Fanning). Ray's father, David Schleine (IMDb gave no name for David Schleine) is in a coma and dying. Ray's mother, Roma (Heather Locklear) is playing the field while hubby lies in a coma. Part of the field Roma is playing is with singer Neal (Jesse Spencer), Molly's reluctant boyfriend. Neal is reluctant to get involved with Molly or anyone else since he has been sober for nearly a year and has been advised to maintain celibacy to fortify his resolve in staying sober.
While Neal is celibate with Molly, he is submissive to Roma whose dead husband is not even cold yet. As a consequence of Roma's high life in the night life, Ray is left to fend for herself and becomes an hypochondriac, carrying with her all her meds plus her own bar of soap. [Prov. 29:15] She says she has been to psychiatrists since she was three. Ray is never given a chance to be a little girl. Until Molly comes along. The perpetually adolescent, eternally innocent, mischievous, dangerously vulnerable, without a clue rich-kid-gone-poor Molly. Yes, this is the actresses who played Eminem's immoral sex partner in *8-Mile*
So, Ray is already grown up and Molly never did. What a pair! Like a seasoned mother Ray even throws "Act your age" at Molly and it fits the moment well! And, of course, like an adolescent Molly comes up with a number of excuses for being an immature adult. Most of them have to do with the fact she has never had to work a day in her life until now. Comeupance abounds, delightfully if it were not for the plethora of assaults on morality and decency. This is another in the summer series of R-13 flicks. All ready and able to steal the childhood right out of your children.
How sneaky can some filmmakers get? Using an adorable little girl, previously appearing in at least close to wholesome children's programming such as *Cat in the Hat*, as one of the center attractions of a movie not fit for her age stratum. Dakota is nine years old. Not that this movie was fit for anyone. Though there was very little violence and no murders or [successful] suicides in *Uptown Girls*, it is another R-13
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Single Christian Network
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|