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  • Summary: Mary (Posey) takes a job as a library clerk to pay back her godmother after being arrested for throwing illegal parties in her loft.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. The film knows how absurd this is, yet its triumph is that, by the end, we're actually rooting for Mary to see the library as her salvation.
  2. Reviewed by: Desson Howe
    80
    Party Girl, which director and co-writer Mayer made for less than $1 million, is hip and contemporary without being archly so.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    75
    The cast is uniformly excellent - particularly the relentlessly effervescent Posey and the imperious Sasha von Scherler, the director's mother - and the modern take on old-fashioned romantic comedy is surprisingly effective.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    This trifle about a dizzy downtown New York scenester who gets a grip on her life is energized by several attractive characters and enough youthful pep to put it over as an upbeat diversion for teens and twentysomethings, though it has no more substance than bubblegum music.
  5. 50
    It's a showcase leading role for Parker Posey, who obviously has the stuff, and generates wacky charm. But the movie never pulls itself together.
  6. When Party Girl isn't being silly, it tries to be endearing and socially redeeming, and to a good degree succeeds.
  7. there's no joy in this movie. It's a safe, compromised, even preachy, fable; a wannabe hip romp that never gets going. [07 Jul 1995]

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