"Uptown Girls" Movie Review
"Uptown Girls" Poster
A Review of "Uptown Girls"
I'm not quite positive what it is about "Uptown Girls" that I like so much. Is it because it's heartwarming? Has a unique story line? Has plenty of feel good music? Perhaps it's each of those reasons. From the surface, from ads, from the cover of it it looks like something with limited depth, cheap laughs, and chick flickish. Yet this isn't a fluffy funny chick movie. It's a very moving movie actually.
Molly (played by Brittany Murphy, "8 Mile") is the daughter of a deceased rockstar. She's played by the late actress Brittany Murphy who really is so lovable in this role. She lives in a penthouse with a small pet pig and lives life childishly even though she's twenty two years old. She ends up losing her parents' money though and her life style and is forced to take a job as a nanny for a little girl named Ray (Dakota Fanning, "Breaking Dawn") who acts like an adult. She studies ballet and has a difficult relationship with her mother (Heather Locklear, "Spin City"). Molly and Ray learn a lot about each other and become close, although at first their relationship is strained. Ray teaches Molly to be more grown up and responsible. Molly teaches Ray to be more laid back and happy about life. I won't go too deep into the plot, but it's just such a touching and sad story. At first I thought it was going to be about a couple of spoiled whining rich girls, and arguably one could say it is. But they have more depth than that. They have issues, they have conflicts, and they aren't typical characters in movies. Molly is the daughter of a rockstar. She's free-spirited and pretty happy go lucky. I have never seen a movie about the child of a rockstar before. I've seen movies about rockstars and maybe they had kids but the kids weren't the main focus and typically they weren't cared about by the rockstar. Molly was cared about by her dad and her mom but they have passed on. Ray is also not typical. She is very serious about her ballet (she is also beginning to develop poor eating habits because of it) and she has a mom who never spends time with her and a dad who doesn't either (but entirely not by his choosing). I don't even like Dakota Fanning as an actress in anything else except for this movie. The character of Ray fits her well. (I don't hate her acting I just think she's annoying for the most part). The side characters in this are also really good. Molly has a pseudo boyfriend Neal, who's shaping up to be a rockstar and he uses Molly as a muse, two friends that help her out, and a small pet pig that she gives to Ray.
I highly recommend this movie. It's moving, it shows people dealing with difficult situations, and there's still laughs to balance out the sad parts. I cry during the end scene every time I see it. It's not cheesy saddening, it just is very well done and I like the song.
Who Is This Movie For?
This movie will be more liked by women and girls than men and boys. It's not over the top chick flickey though, so maybe some males wouldn't mind watching it. It's rated PG-13 for sexual content and language so keep that in mind before watching it with children that are too young. I saw this the first time when I was ten or eleven and I was fine watching it. I didn't care for the romance between Neal and Molly when I was younger (They have sex right away after meeting in a club on Molly's birthday. It's not shown but it's implied) but other than that I liked the movie even back then. This movie is similar to: "Once", "13 Going On 30", "The Switch", "Eloise and the Plaza", "No Reservations", "August Rush", "P.S. I Love You", "The Nanny Diaries", and "Country Strong".