Career Girls (1997)
Critic Consensus: Outwardly modest but carried along by Mike Leigh's deft direction, Career Girls gradually accumulates power as a study of shared history.
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Critic Reviews for Career Girls
Mike Leigh's films realize that for most people, most days, life consists of the routine of earning a living, broken by fleeting thoughts of where our efforts will someday take us.
It manages to be uninteresting, slight and bleak, while desperately trying to find something to say about the human condition.
Writer/director Mike Leigh has once again assembled an amazing cast to render a spectrum of human emotions beyond the range of most filmmakers' reach.
A minor work from Mike Leigh, but its simple offhandedness is also its charm.
Audience Reviews for Career Girls
Two former university roommates reunite six years after graduation. Their professional visages and professional demeanors indicate that they have overcome the uncertainties, insecurities and emotional hurdles of youth. Both are now confident professionals who have reinvented themselves. They have metamorphosed from unworldly, naive, socially and romantically inexperienced schoolgirls into very together young women. Or have they? As the pair rekindle their relationship and reminisce about college days, ghosts from the past are unleashed. The spirits from bygone college days seem to beckon to the old closeted skeletons that were once locked away, but never confronted or reckoned with. As the girls metaphorically unpack their bags for the weekend reunion, both are forced to brave the issues that emerge from emotional baggage they still carry, but which neither has cared to acknowledge. Career Girls manages to slash away our veneers and force us to examine the shaky framework underneath in a way that is vaguely reminiscent of The Boys in the Band,
I liked this Mike Leigh film more than Secrets and Lies but very few have actually bothered to see it. A must for Facebook people who are re-uniting with people from their past.
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