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Suburban Girl
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Feb 11, 2008 By: Sturdy
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Director:
Marc Klein

Actors:
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Alec Baldwin
James Naughton

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A timid, big-city girl falls in love with a big-time book editor thats way too old for her. Through a series of tragedies and life realizations, she discovers herself and decides she can make it on her own.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Through the course of Sarah Michelle Gellars career, Ive always been critical of her because I really dont like her as any character not named Buffy. Its not that I have her typecast in my head, its just that I dont think her acting range extends beyond that character. I had no hopes for SUBURBAN GIRL and therefore, I wasnt disappointed.

I think this was supposed to be a romantic comedy, but they left out the comedy and the romance. Instead it felt a little awkward and creepy because Gellar and Baldwin are perhaps the worst screen couple Ive ever seen in a romantic comedy. They have zero chemistry and neither of them looks like they want to be there. Thats a huge problem for a movie thats based off their relationship.

Both actors appear to be uncomfortable with their characters. Too much pressure is put on Gellar to be funny and since shes not a funny person, she looks out of place. Baldwin completely phones this one in and doesnt have a chance to do anything he does best. I think this is a true sign of a first time director because he really didnt know how to get the best from his actors. The audience is also asked to make a jump with Gellars character arc because we dont really have any reason to accept her growth at the end of the film. She goes from timid to strong in a short amount of time and her actions didnt really support the transition.

Its clear why this went straight to DVD. The film quality is poor and its clear the budget was extremely limited. For those of you that continually hate on Gellar, youll be happy to add this movie to your arsenal. Its a bad film and her very weak performance doesnt give much hope for future success.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Marc Klein: I find that first time directors usually do great commentaries. I think theyre filled with excitement about their film and they just have to talk about it. Its nice, even if their film was bad. Marc gives a great commentary, but I do think he thinks too highly of his film. I also dont think he achieved a lot of what he was trying to do.

There are also some Previews
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Im sure Gellar fans will flock to see this one, but I cant imagine anyone not being disappointed with her performance and the film. I say leave this one alone.
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