- Actors: Brittany Murphy, Ron Livingston, Holly Hunter
- Directors: Nick Hurran
- Format: Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, French
- Dubbed: French
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
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- Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- Release Date: Jan. 4 2005
- Run Time: 111 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0006D3HCE
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,963 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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Brittany Murphy will capture your heart in this wickedly funny film about a really nice girl who's a disaster waiting to happen. Hired to work on a tabloid TV show, Stacy Holt's life gets turned upside down when she is persuaded to explore one of the show's themes, and snoops through her boyfriend's Palm Pilot. But she's forgetting one thing: in the world of daytime TV, there's always a shocking surprise in store -- and she's about to get a big one!
Half screwball romance, half television satire, Little Black Book follows insecure Stacy Holt (Brittany Murphy, Uptown Girls, 8 Mile), who has an idyllic relationship with a great guy named Derek (Ron Livingston, Office Space) and a job as an associate producer for a daytime talk show that fuses Jerry Springer and Ricki Lake. Then a cynical co-worker named Barb (Holly Hunter, Broadcast News) persuades Stacy to delve into Derek's Palm Pilot to learn more about his ex-girlfriends--which sends Stacy into a spiral of ever-increasing paranoid compulsion. Little Black Book takes some unexpected plot twists that some viewers will find inexplicable and others will find weirdly fascinating. The movie's split personality makes it unsuccessful as a whole but compelling in parts. Hunter steals the show, in more ways than one. Also featuring Kathy Bates, (Misery, About Schmidt) and Julianne Nicholson (Seeing Other People). --Bret Fetzer
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Brittany Murphy is Stacy Holt, a young woman cruising up the escalator of happiness - at first. She just got a job as an associate producer for The Kippie Kann Show, and she thinks she has finally found Mr. Right and his first name is Derek (Ron Livingston). Then Derek goes out of town for a couple of weeks, and Stacy's co-worker Barb (Holly Hunter) gets her wondering about good old Derek's past. She discovers all kinds of pictures on his PDA and seeks out and interviews three of his former girlfriends, making them think she is pre-interviewing them for a segment about them (all are quite successful in their own sorts of ways) on The Kippie Kann Show. A comedy of error ensues. As you might suspect, there's a really big twist to the whole story, one that doesn't exactly come at you from the blind side, but I'm not going to ruin it for anybody.
Some people say Holly Hunter steals the show; she's good, but Brittany Murphy carries the whole movie as far as I'm concerned (I loved Kathy Bates as Kippie Kann, but hers was something of a secondary character). I'm not saying Brittany Murphy is the only actress who could have played Stacy Holt, but this movie would have bombed with many another actress. Stacy had to be refreshingly young, na've, and - well - bouncy in an adorable kind of way, and she also had to turn that sort of emotional vulnerability on its head and trawl the depths of human drama. To steal a line from Carly Simon, whose music is featured prominently throughout the entire film, it would seem that nobody does it better than Brittany Murphy.
In addition, I always try to give credit to our four-legged actors who turn in great performances and get no credit whatsoever. The dog that plays Bob was just great, and I can't say how happy I am to see a large dog playing a role that calls for no slobbering whatsoever. This dog turns in one of the best large dog performances I've seen in quite a while.
Having watched the movie, I must say I didn't find myself wondering what I would do in the kind of situation Stacy gets herself into, though; this isn't really one of those films that make you go hmmm, in my opinion. It's just a delightfully funny movie that comes with a free dish of human drama on the side. I don't understand those who find this film depressing; certainly, it has its moments, but the ending, while different from what you might expect, is actually rather light and upbeat. Basically, Little Black Book is a comedy with more depth than you might expect, and I for one quite enjoyed it. Call me crazy, but I'm giving it five stars.
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So glad I did. I do not remember hearing much about this movie when it released so it was a great surprise.
This movie has the perfect mix of comedy and drama that actually feels like life and then makes the funny parts even funnier.
The plot is extremely interesting and leads into some very interesting discussions. Don't want to spoil any of it because there is so much that happens in the story that is unexpected and definitely not just your basic romcom.
Holly Hunter is fantastic in this movie and I really enjoyed the lead, Brittany Murphy, and was sad that she had passed and we wouldn't see more from her since she was such a great talent in this movie.
If you like a movie that will make you laugh and think with great plot twists, then you'll love this one.