Mar 27, 2014

Review: Girls' Night (1998)

Girls' Night begins with a nice introduction into the lives of our two female main characters. Brenda Blethyn and Julie Walters play totally opposite characters who are best friends. Brenda Blethyn's character, Dawn Wilkinson is mild mannered, timid but she's a genuine nice person. Meanwhile, Julie Walters' Jackie Simpson is brash and speaks her mind. 

In a way, the story could be told from the point of view of two male characters, but it isn't. Jackie is like Dawn's wingman and I personally find this a nice change of pace. It doesn't cross the threshold of unbelievability and it's enjoyable.

Both characters are unhappy in their present situations but go about it differently of course. Jackie is sick of her husband and away she goes. Dawn however is tied up to her husband and son who are so totally dependent on her because of how much she gives to both of them.

Without giving away too much story, let's just say that this is meant to be a tearjerker. Is it too melodramatic? Maybe a little, but not enough to make me roll my eyes or enough to bring about any tears. I like both these characters and their depth but I guess this is where the subjective nature of movies comes in. Some people will be more impacted, others less.

To get away from all their troubles, Jackie and Dawn make their way to the artificial capital that is Las Vegas. They also get a chance to continue to indulge in their addiction to gambling since they both go regularly to play bingo back at home. They meet Kris Kristofferson who plays an American American. Nothing wrong with that, he's just there to support them both and he does alright.

 I guess the lesson of this movie is that life is totally random. No matter what kind of person you are, strange things can happen. The only thing you can do is to always keep the people you love in your life close to you. 

Does Girls' Night do a good job at presenting this lesson? I think it does a decent job. It's well acted but at times plays like a British soap opera. I think the highlight is the exposition of both main characters.


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