Career Girls details
|Starring:||Joe Tucker, Katrin Cartlidge, Andy Serkis, Mark Benton, Michael Healy, Margo Stanley, Kate Byers, Lynda Steadman, Mark Benton|
|Run time:||1 hour 23 minutes|
|Rental release:||11 Feb 2002|
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An English classicBy Ned0 from W.Yorks , 27 Nov 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]If the Brontes, Austin and their ilk have written classic English literature, then surely Mike Leigh deserves equal recogniton for his contribution to cinema.
This film is funny, poignant, believable, entertaining and thoroughly English.
Little things worth mentioning is a soundtrack of classic songs by The Cure, an early appearance from Andy Serkis now best known as Gollum in Lord Of The Rings and some great cinematography of England as it really is.
The kind of film you want to ram down everyone's throat.
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Not the best of Mike Leigh's careerBy The KnightWatcher (629 reviews) from Gloucestershire , 22 Feb 2013Mike Leigh drama. Two college flat sharing girls meet up six years later. Deals with the passage of time between friends. Traditional Mike Leigh fare. Quality varies from good to mediocre. Let down by OTT stereotype characters who lack credibility. Also they meet an estate agent by coincidence who it turns out that both girls had had an affair with only six years earlier but neither remembers after only six years. I dont think so. Not really credible in parts.
Very disappointingBy a customer , 28 Nov 2012Very disappointing. Low budget film with poor dialogue I thought. Liberal use of the F word and other cursing doesn't really do it for me. To be truthful gave up on it after 15 mins so it may improve given more time.
Passed the time but didn't give much joyBy MsLilly (265 reviews) from London , 27 Jun 2011This was meant to be a bittersweet story, it was more bitter than sweet, it actually started grating on me, not one of his best films but not one of the worst either.
You need to be patientBy a customer from Redhill , 11 Aug 2010Almost switched it off - then the characters slowly grew on me. Mike Leigh likes to use unusual characters and studies them in detail. This film, however, has rather little plot line - watchable, nonetheless.
Not Mike Leigh's bestBy MinkyNinky (71 reviews) from Matlock, Derbyshire, UK , 04 Apr 2010And I speak as a fan...I couldn't quite get the point of this film; two women have a reunion ten years after leaving college, and....umm, talk a lot, go flat-hunting, but no ghastly revelations or skeletons falling out of cupboards. But perhaps that was the point...it's a character study after all, I suppose. Too much drama would undermine that.
To be honest, I found both the female characters a bit tiresome and self-obesessed, with Katrin Cartlidge doing the world's most annoying voice (think Betty from Some Mothers Do Have Em, only worse), and Lynda Steadman totally OTT.
For me, the passing-through male characters were better - Andy Serkis's coke-addled penthouse-dwelling futures trader, the slimey estate agent (who bore an uncanny likeness to James Murdoch), the car-crash-waiting-to-happen Ricky.
Anyway, after much incoherent bitter jabbering (Annie), pathetic whining (Hannah), and several somewhat implausible chance meetings, Hannah goes back to Dewsbury and the credits start rolling. Which had me sitting up and spluttering 'What ? What ?! Is that IT ?!'
I'll say this for Mike Leigh - he always makes London streets look sunny and beguiling. All quietude and twittering sparrows.