WiseGirls

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WiseGirls
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UK DVD cover art for WiseGirls
Directed by David Anspaugh
Produced byJack Sojka
Written byJohn Meadows
Starring Mira Sorvino
Mariah Carey
Melora Walters
Distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment
Release date
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93 minutes
LanguageEnglish

WiseGirls is a 2002 crime film directed by David Anspaugh and starring Mira Sorvino, Mariah Carey and Melora Walters as waitresses working at a restaurant run by mobsters. It premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. The film was released straight to video and did not receive a theatrical release.

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Plot

A new waitress working at an Italian restaurant in New York City finds herself entangled in a mob-run underworld of drug dealing and murder.

Cast

Production and release

In 1997, American singer Mariah Carey began working on a film and soundtrack project titled All That Glitters and signed a $100 million dollar deal with Virgin Records. [1] Released in 2001, the film met to negative reviews and was called one of the worst films ever made. [2] [3] [4] She subsequently parted ways with Virgin Records. [5]

The film did not receive any theatrical release and premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. [5] There were technical problems which caused a repeated sound glitch at the premiere. [6] The film was eventually released on VHS and DVD. [5]

Reception

Despite the film's negative reviews, Mariah Carey's (pictured) role received higher praise from critics than her role in the 2001 film, Glitter Mariah Carey in Holland, April 1 1998 cropped.jpg
Despite the film's negative reviews, Mariah Carey's (pictured) role received higher praise from critics than her role in the 2001 film, Glitter

Critical reception

Upon release, the film received mixed to negative reviews and criticism for its stereotyping of Italian culture. [8] David Rooney, writer for Variety praised Anspaugh's role as the director, saying the film was "directed with very conventional efficiency" and that "the drama's script keeps enough surprises up its sleeve to remain entertaining. Its themes of female bonding and friendship suggest a theatrical target of young women, with a more solid afterlife in ancillary". [6] He also praised Sorvino's role as Meg saying that she "ably conveys [her] transition". [6] Fox News also criticised David Anspaugh's "extremely misguided mob movie" saying that even Carey could not save the "awful, terrible mob stereotypical movie that pales considerably next to The Sopranos and The Godfather ". [8] Sorvino's father, American actor Paul Sorvino, commented on the Italian-American stereotyping in films. [8] Fox News went on to say that the film "raises just about every crude Mafia reference it can think of — is guilty of just that. Nearly every word out of Carey's mouth is the f-word". [8]

The Hollywood Reporter writer Kirk Honeycutt stated that in the film, "Anspaugh goes for a lively surface but one with a strong emotional undertow". [9] He went on to sat that "WiseGirls can't help suffering a bit from overfamiliarity [...] but Anspaugh and his actors bring enough vigor to the enterprise that the film comes off as a well-done genre piece rather than yesterday's leftovers". [9]

Mariah Carey's role

Despite the film's negative reviews, Carey's performance as Raychel was given favourable reviews in comparison to her role in the 2001 film Glitter . [7] [5] [6] [8] [9] [10] Rooney stated that Carey's "second time out as an actress proves luckier than the first [...] downsizing from her disastrous debut headliner "Glitter" to a more modest co-starring role with charm and relaxed assurance". [6] His biggest praise was for Carey saying "by far the most engaging performance [was] Carey, giving trash-talking, husky-voiced Raychel plenty of heart as well as chutzpah and sexy attitude". [6] Producer, Anthony Esposito, stated that he "had such a great experience with Mariah Carey on Wisegirls that [he] wanted to make another film with her". [5] Esposito went on to say that Carey's "performance in WiseGirls is outstanding, with reviews from Sundance praising her work [and that given] the right role, the depth of Mariah's performance will make everyone take notice of her great acting ability". [5] Fox News also praised Carey's role saying she had found her "forte [...] and now it's her handlers' turn to find more roles like this — wisecracking, world-weary, street-savvy people". [8]

Carey responded to the films reception, saying that "Sometimes you have to go through difficult stuff, either to learn a lesson or maybe reconnect with something that has slipped away a bit. But that's how life is. You may keep getting hit, but you have to just keep on standing up again". [10] Honeycutt also stated that "the scathing notices for Glitter will be a forgotten memory [...] once people warm up to Raychel. She's a don't-mess-with-me woman who develops a joyous sense of family in friendship with her fellow waitresses". [9]

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