I'd never seen it before.
Has anyone ever been able to make it all the way through this steaming pile of dog shit movie?
I loved Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress.
Haven't seen this one, though.
I didn't finish this one. I did like [italic]Metropolitan[/italic]and the one about the cousins in Barcelona.
It's one of his weakest films, but it has a brilliant ending.
Saw it for the first time on cable last week--he manages to get truly wooden, phony performances even from otherwise good actors (like Sevigny, whom I usually think is strong, though not to everyone's taste, I realize) and truly dreadful ones from his rep company. Even "54" had more life to it.
Matt Keelsar's presence alone in this film makes it worth the watch. So beautiful.
And, yes, the last scene is one of the best of all-time.
Please spoil the ending for me. What happened?
[quote]he manages to get truly wooden, phony performances even from otherwise good actors (like Sevigny
Oh my sides!! When has Chloe Sevigny NOT been wooden?
Matt Keeslar is wonderful...the scene where he talks about where is depression started and the scene where he finally get to arrest somebody and say the phrase he always wanted too are excellent.
Kind of sad he had to give up acting and become a nurse, can't one of you DL entertainment industry types give him a job?
I loved it the first time I saw it. Kate Beckinsale used to be a great actress.
This was the first Whit Stillman film I saw, and I loved it. Went on to love his other ones also.
I love it. My favorite of all his films. I almost spent $150 to get an out-of-print DVD of it on eBay before it went back into print last year.
Kate Beckinsale was an excellent bitch. Her character should be a DL icon.
Great lines throughout.
"Maybe in physical terms I'm a little cuter than you, but you should be much more popular than I am."
"Anything I did that was wrong, I apologize for. But anything I did that was not wrong, I don't apologize for."
"There's something sexy about Scrooge McDuck."
"You have a gay mouth."
And Matt Keeslar's discourse on Lady and the Tramp, of course.
The only issue that I have with the film is that the clothes and hair are all wrong for the period.
I saw the whole thing. As I recall it was okay, but nothing special.
R8, she wasn't wooden in Boys Don't Cry but I think the southern accent helped. It gave her voice a bit of musicality.
In this movie she was extremely wooden and miscast as the ingenue. I like Kate Beckinsale a lot in this-she plays a total bitch.
Matt Keeslar was hopelessly mediocre and bland-he waa smart to get out of the business.
I thought it was great, and just thinking about the amazing, moving ending gives me chills!
Watched it last night. Loved it. Love his talky, mannered dialogue.
I worked on the crew of the movie. Shooting that ending was fun, to say the very least. However it was shot the night before Princess Diana was killed.
Wow, R19 - how were Matt Keeslar and Chloe Sevigny on set?
Chris Eigeman's voice is so annoying it makes my ears bleed.
I guess I'm alone in loving this? I'm not old enough to remember the late '70's so any anomalies, I wouldn't catch, but I thought all the actors were great. Sevigny is rather convincing as the dull (but nice) girl and the ending, with the dull nice people paired off, is lovely.
Kate Beckinsale is fantastic! She needs more bitch roles.
Will somebody please describe the ending??? Thanks! I saw it years ago and I do not remember the ending at all.
The costumes didn't really look early 80s to me.
You are so not alone, R22.
Keep in mind that Matt Keeslar and Chloe Sevigny aren't just dull nice people paired off at the end—they're damaged goods (he with his bipolarity, she with herpes), so their pairing up has an extra poignancy.
Love the movie. It really picks up on the navel-gazing pretense of so many in the early 80s!
Great Ending Sequence...
R20, Matt Keeslar was very, very quiet and quite similar to his character. He was apparently a last minute replacement for somebody else, don't think we ever found out who.
Chloe Sevigny was a despicable cunt. We all loathed her. She got along well with Kate Beckinsale and went into a fashion business with the young actress who played the third roommate-forget her name.
[quote]went into a fashion business with the young actress who played the third roommate-forget her name.
I don't get the hate for this one. It's pretty good, Kate has some really cunty lines, in a role she was born to play. Tara Subkoff was the weak link for me, thank god Imitation of Christ took off...
Metropolitan is unbearably pretentious and unwatchable for me.
I think that what's so great about the ending is that it demonstrates that even though it may have been "the last days of disco" as a separate cultural movement, it completely permeated mass culture and influenced the psyche of New York and beyond on a much deeper, permanent level. And that as a separate movement, especially in nyc it never really died it just went .....underground.
I have sat through it twice, OP. Why? Matt Keeslar.
Why didn't he become as popular as trash like Pattinson and TayTay? At the very least, he's a lot better looking.
To the one who complained about it not seeming period enough that was exactly what Stillman wanted. This is a movie about preppies, not Saturday Night Fever goombahs or disco divas. Charlotte wore an Izod Lacoste polo shirt, for Chrissakes.
Real gossip - thrilling!
R28, what cunty things did Chloe do? I always sensed she was a haughty cuntress.
Is it true that Mackenzie Astin is gay?
Matt Keeslar is so beautiful in this movie. Weird to hear he was a replacement. It would have been much duller without him.
I loved this film, almost as much as Metropolitan
"It's completely formulaic."
"Of course it's formulaic, it's a formula."
Sevigny was just snotty and sullen ALL THE TIME, treated the production servants like lackey's. She's a rich bitch from Connecticut. She was plain looking so there was no excuse for her snottiness. If she was attractive at all then we'd understand better.
Never knew whether Mackenzie was gay or not. He was very sweet. I remember him asking us to please not mention Valley of the Dolls if his mother Patty Duke visited the set. "She hates that movie for a lot of reasons," he said.
Stillman was a bit of a snob but OK. For a heterosexual man he seemed awfully interested in all the preppy looking boys on set, including Keeslar.
And, oh yeah, Jennifer Beals was on set for a few days and she was a piece of shit. And of course she and Sevigny got along.
Jennifer Beals was AWFUL in this movie. It like she was in a movie all of her own, her acting just didn't fit and was way over the top and silly.
Whit Stillman is to cinema what George Will is to journalism.