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Wisegirls (Widescreen) [Import]

Mira Sorvino , Mariah Carey , David Anspaugh    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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Mira Sorvino, Mariah Carey, Melora Walters. Three Waitresses At A Well-Known Italian Restaurant Form An Unbreakable Bond As They Try To Remain Out Of The Mainstream Of The Mafia Activities Going On All Around Them. 2001/Color/96 Min/R/Widescreen.

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... very bad, impossible ending with one bloody scene. I don't say Miriah Carey is in the same league with some Hollywood leading ladies, but at least her acting is not bad as you may think, far better than her in "Glitter." The problem lies elsewhere; the film's story.
Actually, "Wisegirls" starts pretty well, about the medical student Meg (Mira Sorvino) coming back to her home in Staten Island, New York. She starts to work as food server at a local restaurant where she meets two other workers, Raychel (Carey) and Kate (Melora Walters). Meg soon finds out that this Italian restaurant is 'connected,' and some customers look like coming from "The Sopranos," but anyway she does the hard works better than the owner of the shop at first estimated, and Raychel and Kate are always there to be helpful.
Then the story of the friendship between three girls start. The scenes of the restaurant in which they work are the best part of the film, with its very convincing production design. In spite of the unique location of the Staten Island, the film spends most of its time in indoor scenes, and the decision is justified by the impressive work from the designer.
But the film suffers from cliched moments. You see, Meg has something to confess, and when Mira Sorvino does it, it's an amateur hour with the uninspired lines for her to say. Not that Mira Sorvino is bad, remember it. But the simple fact is, no one can save the awfully melodramatic, uninteresting monologue from utter boredom (but I still believe Mira Sorvino truly needs revamping of her career).
More damaging thing is, however, the plot twist at the second half of the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Surprises July 1 2004
This is one of those simple movies with subtle depth. I missed WiseGirls when it came out and just caught it on HBO. Mira Sorvino was wonderful, as always, and, I'm embarrassed to say, I didn't recognize Mariah Carey so I was able to enjoy her solid performance without getting distracted by the baggage of her "persona." It's clean, moving, intelligent and thought-provoking. There's a bit of "Hollywood" in it, but so what? When I see these great movies that I somehow missed in the theater, I always go to Roger Ebert to see what he said about them and was surprised when I was unable to find a review. ?? I can't wait to rent it to catch the first ten minutes that I missed and see it over again with my husband.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun formula movie. Feb. 9 2004
By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER
For those viewers that are enamored of Mariah Carey, she can do no wrong. Those viewers that do not particularly care for her, she can do nothing right. The reality is all of the actors were very sufficient for the movie. The bad buys are bad and the good guys are bad. The costumes and dialog fit very well. The story was formula and the standard twists are standard. The only thing that is below par if the "lets wrap this up" ending.
Basic story is of three waitresses that form friendships in an adversarial environment. Each brings their strengths and weakness which balance out. I will not do into detail as the unfolding story is the only attribute the movie has.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mariah Carey Kicks Ass In This MUST HAVE Movie! Jan. 30 2004
I Love'd This Movie,Yes Its Better Than Glitter (Although I Didn't Really See Anything Wrong With It) Mariah Is Such A "Bad Ass" Girl In This Movie You Just Have To Love It!
Its A Good Movie Even If Your NOT A Mariah Carey Fan....You Have To Watch It Just Once!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Nov. 19 2003
This movie was so wonderful. The acting was perfect (not overdone, as in Glitter), the story was right on, and it was charming, funny, sad, and everything in between. I admit i'm a huge Mariah fan, but this movie really was good. Buy or rent it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is outstanding! Sept. 9 2003
By A Customer
I was in Blockbuster the other day, and was not planning on picking this movie up, but as soon as I saw it on the shelf, I knew I had to get it. After watching it, this was, to me, one of the best movies I have ever seen. Mira Sorvino was just outstanding, Mariah Carey proves she is a great actress, and Melora Walters played he part very well. This was a very dramatic movie, in some parts funny. Especially Mariah Carey. The whole movie itself is just great and the ending is one of the best ending i have ever seen in my life. Go out and rent or buy this movie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie, good acting performances Aug. 30 2003
By A Customer
If you're a Mafia kind fan, you should really own the movie. The plot is very good, and the movie is very interesting itself. If you were going to buy it and had second thoughts cuz mariah is here (cuz you heard about her movie Glitter), just buy it, cuase you will not be disappointed, but also stunned by her acting performance, Mira's acting is great too. As I said, buy this item, it is very good.
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2.0 out of 5 stars WISE GIRLS, STUPID AGENTS June 26 2003
Nearly every distributor in the business understandably passed on this straight-to-video stinker, not wanting to enable Mira Sorvino in gleefully cramming her flailing career in the Cuisenart.
Fans of Mariah "Meltdown" Carey may be tempted to rent this in hope gaining some insight into the rumored-about, salt shaker-tossing catfight that erupted between her and Sorvino when the diva showed up late on the set for the umpteenth time. Watching this pastafoozeling silliness, you'll marvel at the fact that she showed up at all.
It's clear early on that no one involved in this opus knew what kind movie they were making. What starts out as a marinara-flavored 9 to 5 inevitably spirals into a Girl Power Good Fellas. (Forgive the tacky, Italian clichés but these here filmmakers already beat me to the punch.)
Wisegirls, an undercooked narrative lasagna, tells us the story of three waitresses: the surly, confident workhorse (Carey), the struggling, flibbertigibbet actress (Melora Walters), and the sensitive newcomer (Sorvino) who harbors a Terrible Secret and is looking for a Clean Start. They slave away in an upscale, "Family" eatery for exorbitant tips doled out by lecherous goombahs.
The unintentional laughs begin when a coked-out, thug hanger-on blows his nose off with his own pistol. (Anything to get out of this movie.) Sorvino stops the movie dead, announcing, "Back off! I went to medical school!" Just when you think it can't get any loopier, Sorvino saves the day by wrapping the guy's head in cellophane! You won't want to miss the sight of Carey squirming while having to prop open the goon's bloody nostrils with her fingers.
Naturally, the ladies bond after enjoying some working-girls-out-on-the-town antics.
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