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Wisegirls (Widescreen) [Import]


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  • Actors: Mira Sorvino, Mariah Carey, Melora Walters, Arthur J. Nascarella, Saul Stein
  • Directors: David Anspaugh
  • Writers: John Meadows
  • Producers: Angelo J. Giordano, Anthony Esposito, Ashley R. Friedman, Bill Blake, Bill Blum
  • Format: Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • Release Date: Dec 31 2002
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000714DU

Product Description

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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4.3 out of 5 stars

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Format: DVD
... 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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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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By DonMac on Feb. 24 2003
Format: DVD
Alright, all you Mariah fans have weighed in with your four and five star reviews. Now it's time for a regular movie viewer to comment. This film is complete dreck!
Mira Sorvino must have blown through her cash or owed a friend a favor because this film will certainly not justify her Oscar status. She is as bland and bored as can be throughout this. In her defense, the average viewer feels the same way. In the first 2/3 of this movie, nothing happens. Really, nothing happens.
Mira, Mariah and Melora (try saying that three times fast) play three waitress in a mob restaurant who just babble at each other. They talk about drunk driving, saving baby squirrels, lost dads and the Charleston(yup). Mariah -- who appears to be wearing her own too-small clothes -- incessantly flaps and waves her arms in the air like some giant kinky-haired bird. Scary. Melora has the unfortunate task of making the most ridiculous character seem believable. She fails. The last 1/3 of the film does have some action, but it is some of the most ridiculous, implausable stuff you will EVER see.
There is a reason it did not get released to the theaters - all involved would probably sue after their carreers were totally destroyed. This movie is so bad it's, well it's just so bad.
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What an absolute delight of a movie ! I cannot tell you just how much this movie meant to me as a journalist that has to sit through some cinematic garbage week in, week out ! But, 'Wisegirls' was definitely not part of that pile as from moment number one it came out of the blocks with its head held high and never once let it drop. This could even be one of the best movies of 2002 and it is a killer shame that it never made it to the big screen theatres. (Although, my bet is that having finally seen the bad press for Carey's first movie attempt - 'Glitter' - subside enough to launch her sophomore attempt here, they were still not confident enough to hit the mainstream American audiences full on !) But, and with that in mind - let alone her "performance" in the aforementioned 'Glitter', Carey is actually very reasonable here ... Of course she has her 'over-acting' moments, but the rest of the highly-delightful cast rally round her at all times and stop her from falling flat on her face .... again ! Sorvino is just wonderful in her role as the naïve small-town waitress entered upon the world of the Underground Mob via the restaurant business, and the ending is just an unexpected sight to behold ! Rent this or buy this and you will not have wasted an hour and a half of your life, but will have been pleasantly entertained. ...
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