PG for language and rude humor
Comedy and Drama
Aug. 18, 2006
Hilary Duff, Haylie Duff, Anjelica Huston, Brent Spiner, Lukas Haas
MGM Distribution Company
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- 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.
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