Uptown Girls

Genre: Comedy; Starring: Dakota Fanning, Brittany Murphy, Donald Faison, Heather Locklear, Austin Pendleton, Marley Shelton; Director: Boaz Yakin; Author: Julia Dahl; Release Date Wide: 08/15/2003; Runtime (in minutes): 93; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: MGM

UPTOWN GIRLS Brittany Murphy, Dakota Fanning PG-13, 92 mins., 2003 (MGM)

Director Boaz Yakin’s sapfest follows the fractious relationship between a rock-star heiress (Murphy) in need of a reality-stick beating and a neurotic, neglected little rich girl (Fanning). It’s difficult to connect with these characters when the two usually effective actresses cling ferociously to their stereotypes: Murphy’s prancing around as a nanny in stilettos is just as annoying as Fanning’s steady stream of biting remarks. Those wanting a pick-me-up for the post-holiday blues should not venture Uptown. EXTRAS Like the movie, the extras – including a lackluster behind-the-scenes short and a banal ”Rockin’ Style” featurette about the supposedly stylish costume choices (no pants or denim for Murphy!) – are in dire need of a makeover.

Originally posted January 9 2004 — 12:00 AM EST

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