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The debut feature from director Daisy von Scherler Mayer, Party Girl pretty much cemented Parker Posey's status as the indie-film "it girl" of the 1990s. Posey stars as Mary, a fun-loving and irresponsible twentysomething New Yorker who prefers throwing bashes at her loft to pay the rent over getting a real job. But when one of her shindigs gets broken up by the cops, Mary lands in the slammer and is forced to enlist the help of her librarian godmother, Judy (Sasha von Scherler, the director's mother). In order to prove that she's not the layabout she seems to be, Mary… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mary is a spiritual descendant of Holly Golightly, and there's an echo, as well, of Edie Sedgwick, the late Andy Warhol superstar who moved the American-princess-on-a-bender mythology into the drug-rock era."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"The screenplay, by Ms. Mayer and Harry Birckmayer, has its occasionally funny lines, but not nearly enough to certify the film as a hip urban comedy in tune with the cutting edge of downtown New York."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"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."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The part played by Parker Posey may be considered a modern version of Breakfast at Tiffany's Holly Golightly. By day, she works as a library clerk, by night she's queen of the club scenes, a camp diva blessed with cool deadpan and funkiness."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Independent films tend to favor low-key realism in their lead performances, but Party Girl has a real movie star turn at its center."
‑ Jesse Hassenger, PopMatters
"Party Girl aspires to be cinematic champagne but comes out tasting more like sparkling cider."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"If bad behaviour and smugness were truly charming, Party Girl might be as much fun as it imagines it is. And Madonna might even have a decent movie career."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Party Girl wouldn't be as beloved without Parker Posey, the jewel in this indie crown."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Posey is so likably weird."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Spunky and sassy drama about a young woman who tries to create herself anew using discipline and devotion."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"This exudes trendiness at regular intervals, and otherwise manages to be reasonably charming about Manhattan's melting pot culture, but my general response was still 'Wake me when it's over.'"
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"What makes it delicious fun is Posey, a party girl for the ages."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"It's great to see where Parker Posey established her indie cred in this too-cool comedy."
‑ Neil Cohen, Echo Magazine
"To be perfectly honest, Party Girl follows a fairly predictable narrative; the quality lies almost exclusively in the details."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Avoid it."
‑ Oz,
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