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"Satisfaction" The Movie

It was totally panned upon release, but I've viewed it many times over the years on cable and I like it. It was supposed to be Justine Bateman's breakout movie role, and was one of Julia Roberts's first movies. The blone, Britta Phillips, was the singing voice of Jem, and Trini Alvarado and out actor Scott Coffey rounded out the band in the movie. Liam Neeson was Justine's love interest in the film, but it was Julia whom he hooked up with off screen.

by Anonymousreply 7511/28/2013

The best part is when Liam listens to Justine sing at her piano and says something like, "That's so beautiful, you're so talented". The fucked up look on his face - acting FAIL!

by Anonymousreply 103/18/2013

Her voice is brutal. They should've had her lip synch to an actual singer's voice.

by Anonymousreply 203/18/2013

Love the movie. Julia Roberts was cute and chubby.

The best actor was the druggie blonde.

by Anonymousreply 303/18/2013

Scott Coffey was such an adorable twink. He was also in the underappreciated "Shag, the movie."

by Anonymousreply 403/18/2013

[quote]The best actor was the druggie blonde.

She's JEM!!

by Anonymousreply 503/18/2013

Thanks R5 Britta Phillips

Here's a clip from the rebranding of it as The Girls of Summer.

by Anonymousreply 603/18/2013

Whenever I touch my dirty lady parts I think of Julia.

by Anonymousreply 703/18/2013

Figures that witch would turn out to be a junkie, R5.

by Anonymousreply 803/18/2013

Why didn't Justine fare better?

by Anonymousreply 903/18/2013

Lack of talent, R9? Lack of charisma?

by Anonymousreply 1003/18/2013

Justine was talented.

by Anonymousreply 1103/18/2013

When it was released to TV and renamed "Girls of Summer", they made it seem as though it starred Julia. I'll bet Justine was pissed!

by Anonymousreply 1203/19/2013

R12 I said that yesterday

by Anonymousreply 1303/19/2013

I know, but I wanted to post the actual video and allude to the "starring Julia" fallacy.

by Anonymousreply 1403/19/2013

Love this movie and Britta!!

Sort of in the same vain, I love Blue Crush. Reminds me of the early 2000s.

by Anonymousreply 1503/19/2013

Ok R14

Zaftig Julia didn't do much in the movie - Justine must have been pissed at promoting her as the star.

by Anonymousreply 1603/19/2013

Yeah they were capitalizing on the whole Pretty Woman/Sleeping With the Enemy thing.

by Anonymousreply 1703/19/2013

Yeah, she was the new it girl then.

At least they didn't do that with Mystic Pizza.

by Anonymousreply 1803/19/2013

Why couldn't Justine better capitalize on this movie?

by Anonymousreply 1908/04/2013

R4 Coffey was also on the "occult messages in records played in reverse" episode of "Amazing Stories".Loved him in "Shag". Big crush on him.

Surprised to see him nude, years later, in that digital video film he did with Naomi Campbell.

Neeson and Julia must've been a hell of a hot couple back then

by Anonymousreply 2008/04/2013

Julia and Liam were together?

by Anonymousreply 2108/04/2013

Yep. He was the first if her on-set romances.

by Anonymousreply 2208/04/2013

durr, that's Naomi Watts, not Campbell. Sorry!

R21 yes, Neeson and Julia Roberts were a couple - that's probably why she has a small role in "Michael Collins", years later.

by Anonymousreply 2308/04/2013

Julia and Liam would have had beautiful children together.

by Anonymousreply 2408/04/2013

Was Julia chunky in this because she was gaining for Mystic Pizza?

by Anonymousreply 2508/04/2013

I loved this movie as a young kid and I think we had it on VHS so I watched it a few times. I haven't seen it in 25 years, so I can only remember a few snippets from it, but it made me want to join a rock band and play in dive bars for years.

by Anonymousreply 2608/04/2013

She was just naturally chunky, R25. She didn't really slim out until "Pretty Woman".

by Anonymousreply 2708/04/2013

"Julia whom he hooked up with"

Oh, Dear!

by Anonymousreply 2808/04/2013

When Justine calls Liam a "chump" I think it is one of the high points of cinema in the 20th Century...

by Anonymousreply 2908/04/2013

Thanks R27 I don't recall seeing Julia in anything prior to Satisfaction/ Mystic Pizza. It's a little surprising how much bigger she was.

R29 Ha!

by Anonymousreply 3008/04/2013

Matt Damon has a bit part in "Mystic Pizza."

by Anonymousreply 3108/04/2013

R31, MP was Matt's first movie.

R30, she had a bit part in her brother Eric's movie "Blood Red" and a small role in a cheesey b-comedy before "Satisfaction".

by Anonymousreply 3208/04/2013

Thanks R32 - Will check out the cheesy comedy.

Wiliam Moses is also in Mystic Pizza.

by Anonymousreply 3308/04/2013

I had to eat 4 slices a night when I was starring in Mystic Pizza: The Musical, r25!

by Anonymousreply 3408/05/2013

Liam is hawt in SATISFACTION.

by Anonymousreply 3508/05/2013

Too bad they allowed Justine Bateman to sing. She's terrible. Oh, and also, she can't act.

by Anonymousreply 3608/05/2013

She can't dance either, a triple threat.

by Anonymousreply 3708/05/2013

"Can't you be subtle?"

by Anonymousreply 3808/05/2013

Loved this movie, totally underrated!

by Anonymousreply 3908/05/2013

Knock on wood clip

by Anonymousreply 4008/05/2013

There was a rumor that Liam gave Julia some sort of STD that made it difficult for her to have kids...

by Anonymousreply 4108/05/2013

God that Knock....on WUUUUUUUUD clip makes me want to punch her in the face

by Anonymousreply 4208/05/2013

I don't think Justine was that bad singing. By the way, I enjoyed Justine in Men Behaving Badly.

by Anonymousreply 4308/05/2013

I liked the subplot between Britta Phillips and the dog.

by Anonymousreply 4408/06/2013

Liam was at his most beautiful in this movie. Julie Roberts was one lucky bitch to have experienced the Kraken at its prime.

by Anonymousreply 4508/09/2013

Ahem! R45

by Anonymousreply 4608/09/2013

What was hilarious was that the characters were supposed to have just graduated from high school. Those were some haggard looking 17-year-olds.

That being said, this movie is a guilty pleasure of mine. It's just deliciously awful.

by Anonymousreply 4708/10/2013

The characters were 18, not 17. Justine was 21 or 22 when they filmed it. Julia was 20 or 21. It's not like Grease or 90210 when they had people pushing 30 playing high schoolers.

by Anonymousreply 4808/10/2013

Is the distinction between 17 an 18, in terms of looks, really that significant, R48? Did you suddenly become busted-looking on your 18th birthday? If so, I'm truly sorry.

Your post actually makes the movie sadder. Those were some seriously haggard teenagers played by fairly haggard 20-somethings. I would have sworn those ladies were in their 30s.

by Anonymousreply 4908/10/2013

The point is that they were 2 or 3 years older than their character's age. I would say that they looked their age, not 30.

by Anonymousreply 5008/10/2013

Julia and Justine did not look haggard.

by Anonymousreply 5108/10/2013

Looking at this picture, I will concede on Julia. The rest of the women, however, look worn out for their actual ages, let alone as characters that are supposed to have just graduated from high school.

Julia has baby fat in her face that makes her look younger than the rest, but none of them look remotely like teenagers.

by Anonymousreply 5208/10/2013

Great picture. Love Julia's hair. The extra weight looks good on Julia. Justine does not look haggard either. Britta - maybe, but she was playing a druggie. I forget the other one,

by Anonymousreply 5308/10/2013

We'll have to agree to disagree, R53. With the exception of Julia, I want to tell all of those women to get a good night's sleep and to start using a moisturizer with retinol.

by Anonymousreply 5408/10/2013

The entire movie was about how amazingly talented Justine's character was. Wasn't there a scene where the agents only want to sign her and not the rest of the band? To spare the band, she lies and says she said no because she didn't think it was the right move or something.

by Anonymousreply 5508/10/2013

R55 - Yes. Justine stood up for the rest of the band.

by Anonymousreply 5608/10/2013

LOL - yes, R55. The agent wanted to build a band around her for a European tour. Surely it was her rendition of "Knock....on WUUUUUUUUD" (hat tip to R42) and amazing cowbell skills that sealed the deal.

by Anonymousreply 5708/10/2013

R57 :D

by Anonymousreply 5808/10/2013

R55 - I think the agent just wanted to get into Justine's pants.

by Anonymousreply 5908/11/2013

The other girl was Trini Alvarado, who was still youthful looking as well. Britta could sing Justine under the table, so my thing is, why on Earth did they want Jennie Lee (Justine) to sing lead more than Billie (Britta)?

by Anonymousreply 6008/11/2013

Because Justine was hot. R60

by Anonymousreply 6108/11/2013

" 'Hey, guys!' That's Justine Bateman talking down and dirty as the lead singer of a female rock group called 'Mystery' that tries to be the Bangles of the working class. There is one drug-addicted guitarist, one man-crazy guitarist, a thieving drummer and a token male keyboard player -a last-minute replacement who switches from Chopin to rock in a day. Only in Hollywood.

The members of this tough girl group might have been raised in Beverly Hills. As Jennie Lee, Ms. Bateman's singing is so distant from any human voice that the sound engineers must have been the busiest people on the film. And even though the band never plays one song from the 1980's (except a hokey ballad about leaves talking to trees, written for the movie) they get a summer-long gig at a beach resort. "

by Anonymousreply 6208/12/2013

Ouch! That's a stinging review.

by Anonymousreply 6308/14/2013

I see Trini Alvarado around the Columbus Circle area ALL the time. (She's totally a MAXXinista) She has a bunch of kids and has really embraced the stay-at-home mom role. She's not a glam NY mom however. She actually looks out of place, more like a suburban mom--dumpy, white tennis sneakers, unkempt hair in a long braid, no make-up. Sometimes I get a little sad but she seems happy so who am I to judge.

by Anonymousreply 6408/14/2013

The only time I enjoyed Justine Bateman was her guest stint on her brother's show "Arrested Development". She always came across as smug to me, even on "Family Ties".

I need to see this movie again for Liam Neeson who was absolutely gorgeous in it.

by Anonymousreply 6508/15/2013

Cool, R64!

by Anonymousreply 6608/15/2013

I had a huge crush on Justine when she was on Family Ties.

by Anonymousreply 6708/15/2013


by Anonymousreply 6810/17/2013

The AllNighter was better.

by Anonymousreply 6910/17/2013

Didn't Trini A star in some god awful movie with Bette Midler. I vaguely remember it/her in that movie.

by Anonymousreply 7010/17/2013

Satisfaction and Showgirls should be shown together at some theater .. What a hoot to see them with an audience.

by Anonymousreply 7110/17/2013

Justine Bateman should have had Julia's career. Julia just knew who to fuck, but Justine had the talent and was the much bigger star at that time. Justine should have done Pretty Woman. Justine should have done Erin Brockovich. Justine Bateman would have won more Oscars. Justine would have fucked all the hot men and married a few. Julia can suck my dry clit!

by Anonymousreply 7210/17/2013

[quote]Didn't Trini A star in some god awful movie with Bette Midler

Yes, "Stella".

by Anonymousreply 7310/18/2013

Satisfaction and The AllNighter the double feature. yes!

by Anonymousreply 7410/19/2013

Liam Neeson has said he took this role just after filming Suspect (1987), where he played a mute derelict, just to be in the sunshine around pretty girls; he admitted he still has not seen the film.

by Anonymousreply 7511/28/2013
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