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David Anspaugh's blend of female bonding and mob drama, Wisegirls concerns a trio of waitresses. Meg (Oscar winner Mira Sorvino), wise-talking Raychel (Mariah Carey), and aspirant dancer Kate (Melora Walters) grow close while working at an Italian restaurant. After saving a man's life at the eatery thanks to her time in medical school, Meg begins to notice that the establishment is mob-controlled. Soon she must hide the dead body of her boss (whose ""whacking"" she indirectly caused). Eventually, Meg discovers secrets about her two friends and is forced to risk her life in order to gain information on the mobsters.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
This is one of those simple movies with subtle depth. I missed WiseGirls when it came out and just caught it on HBO. Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by Janet A. Holmes
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2004 by bernie
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... Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2004 by Colby Beck
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. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2003 by Clifford P. Stump
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. Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2003
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2003
I am a big big big Mariah fan and I can admit (as Mariah does as well) that Glitter was not the best thing that Mariah ever did, but Wisegirls is pretty darn good. Read morePublished on June 9 2003
I love Mira Sorvino (Romy and Michele's High School Reunion) and once I saw this DVD at my local blockbuster. I picked it up and just had to watch it. The best thing too is. Read morePublished on May 30 2003 by Brandon Stevens