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Hilary and Haylie Duff in 'Material Girls'

Movie Info

RATING:

PG for language and rude humor

GENRE:

Comedy and Drama

RELEASE:

Aug. 18, 2006

STARRING:

Hilary Duff, Haylie Duff, Anjelica Huston, Brent Spiner, Lukas Haas

DIRECTOR:

Martha Coolidge

DISTRIBUTOR:

MGM Distribution Company

 

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MOVIE REVIEW

Material Girls

Movieguide Magazine

CBN.com - What happens when two spoiled rich girls wind up in the poor house? Material Girls tries to mine this premise for both laughs and lessons with modest success.

Hilary and Haylie Duff star as sisters whose father built a successful cosmetic company enabling them to become high society snobs with parties to attend every night and servants for their every whim. After the father’s death, the company begins to slide and the new head of the company (Brent Spiner) proposes that the girls sell out to their arch rival cosmetic company.

Suddenly, a scandal breaks about the company’s cosmetics causing horrible skin diseases. The girls accidentally burn down their house, have their car stolen, and discover that their credit card account has been closed. They wind up living with their former cook and housekeeper (Maria Conchita Alonso). From this point on the girls must adjust their thinking about both material things and personal relationships. The snobbish set abandons them, and they are forced to deal with people they would not previously have gone near.

The comedy will barely generate a smile, but the message is generally wholesome: life and business are both about a lot more than just making money and buying things. Honesty, integrity, and concern for others is almost preached in the movie, however the fly in the ointment is that one of the dishonest villains in the story tries to excuse herself because she has to go to church to teach a Bible study.

The movie contains no violence, sex, or nudity and only three mild obscenities. Were it not for these, and the cheap shot on hypocritical Bible teachers, the movie would have been commendable.

Address Comments To:
Dan Taylor, President
MGM Studios
Christopher W. Aronson, Exec. VP
MGM Distribution
10250 Constellation Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 900067
Phone: (310) 449-3000
Fax: (310) 449-3024
Website: www.mgm.com

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NOTE from Dr. Ted Baehr, publisher of Movieguide Magazine. For more information from a Christian perspective, order the latest Movieguide Magazine by calling 1-800-899-6684(MOVI) or visit our website at www.movieguide.org. Movieguide is dedicated to redeeming the values of Hollywood by informing parents about today's movies and entertainment and by showing media executives and artists that family-friendly and even Christian-friendly movies do best at the box office year in and year out. Movieguide now offers an online subscription to its magazine version, at www.movieguide.org. The magazine, which comes out 25 times a year, contains many informative articles and reviews that help parents train their children to be media-wise consumers.

 

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