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Material Girls

Official poster for Material Girls
Directed by Martha Coolidge
Produced by Milton Kim, Tim Wesley, Mark Morgan, Guy Oseary, Hilary Duff[1], Susan Duff, Eva LaDue, David Faigenblum
Written by John Quaintance
Jessica O'Toole
Amy Rardin
Starring Hilary Duff
Haylie Duff
Anjelica Huston
Lukas Haas
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) August 18, 2006
Running time 97 mins
Language English
Gross revenue $16,847,695

Material Girls is a satirical teen comedy film starring Hilary Duff and Haylie Duff. It is based on a script written by John Quaintance and is directed by Martha Coolidge the filmed was based on 2005 Fox reality series The Simple Life starred by Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. It also stars Anjelica Huston, Lukas Haas, and Brent Spiner. It is co-produced by Patriot Pictures and Madonna's film production company, Maverick Films.

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Plot

The plot centers around Marchetta sisters Tanzie (Hilary Duff) and Ava (Haylie Duff), a pair of rich, spoiled Hollywood socialites living in Los Angeles who enjoy material things such as shopping and dating rather than caring about their late father's cosmetics company (Estee Lauder). When a major media scandal involving one of the company's products turns into an investigation, the girls find their assets frozen and must adjust to life without their fortune. Just when it seems like things couldn't get any worse, disaster strikes again. When a fire starts in their home, Ava quickly takes all her clothes while Tanzie, caring about her father more, takes her dad's TiVo and some clothes. They are tempted to listen to their advisors and sell the company to their biggest competitor Fabiella for just- "only" as they say- over $60 million each. While this means that they could return to the lifestyle that they were accustomed to, nonetheless they decide to honor their father's memory by trying to turn it around themselves. Finding inspiration in Erin Brockovich, the girls decide to get to the root of the scandal. In the end, the girls successfully manage to clear the Marchetta name and reclaim the company. Nearly six months after the scandal began, the girls are seen leading the company, with Ava as the CEO and Tanzie working as a lab technician & snaring a boyfriend.

Production and Release

The film began production on April 18, 2005, in Los Angeles, California. For the film's soundtrack, Hilary Duff recorded two new songs: "Happy" (which features the same music as "Play with Fire", her single released in August 2006) and a Dead Executives-produced cover version of Madonna's song "Material Girl"[2] (originally to be produced by Timbaland)[3], which was the inspiration for the film's story and is featured at the beginning of the film.

On March 31, 2006, the entertainment site AndPop.com reported that Lukas Haas had said he did not expect the film to be released. These statements were confirmed on April 5, in an article in The Ryersonian. Has expressed his unhappiness with the film, and said they had been trying to sell the film for a long time with little success.[4] On April 6, the website Box Office Mojo reported that MGM had picked up the rights to Material Girls and would be releasing it on August 25 (this was later changed to August 18). On May 2, the official website for Martha Coolidge reported that it would be released on around 2,000 screens.[5]

Material Girls was released in 1,500 theaters in the U.S. and debuted at number nine on the weekend box office chart, grossing $4.62 million dollars in its first three days of release.[6] The DVD for Material Girls was released on December 12, 2006 in the U.S by 20th Century Fox under the MGM Home Entertainment label. It is a double-sided DVD disc with special features including the music video for Hilary Duff's single "Play with Fire". In the UK the film was released on March 2, 2007 to coincide with the release of Duff's single "With Love", her album Dignity, and the UK release of her scent With Love... Hilary Duff. It was distributed by Twentieth Century Fox. The film has garnered a total of $16,847,695 worldwide.[7]

Reception and Box Office

Rotten Tomatoes ranked the film 46th in the 100 worst reviewed films of the 2000s, with a rating of 4%,[8] and 17% by Metacritic.[9] In the USA, the movie ranked #8 in its first week. In Lebanon, the movie appeared at #8 in its second running-week and ended up grossing more than $20,000.[10]

Characters

Tanzie and Ava Marchetta

Ava and Tanzania "Tanzie" Marchetta are the daughters of the late Victor Marchetta, creator of Marchetta Cosmetics. Despite his busy schedule, Victor had always been an important figure in the girls' lives. Two years after his death Tanzie would dub him the person who had influenced her the most. With the absence of a mother, the girls were taken under the wing of their housekeeper Inez, whom had been with them for many years and loved them very much. The girls were involved in the Marchetta scandal of 2006, but discovered it was a plot and set up, and redeemed their family name.

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Notes

  1. ^ "Material Girls Official website". December 30, 2007. http://www.materialgirls-themovie.com/credits.html. 
  2. ^ http://hilaryduffnewsandpictures.blogspot.com/2006_07_16_archive.html
  3. ^ CANOE - JAM! Music - Artists - Duff, Hilary: Exclusive interview with Hilary Duff
  4. ^ http://stw.ryerson.ca/~sonian/apr5/arts/haas.html
  5. ^ MarthaCoolidge.com
  6. ^ Box Office Prophets: Box Office Estimates Report for August 18-20, 2006
  7. ^ Box Office Mojo. "Material Girls". http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=materialgirls.htm. Retrieved 2007-12-02. 
  8. ^ Material Girls Movie Reviews, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes
  9. ^ Material Girls (2006): Reviews
  10. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/intl/lebanon/?yr=2007&wk=32&p=.htm

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Material Girls is a satirical teen comedy film starring Hilary Duff and Haylie Duff. It is based on a script written by John Quaintance and is directed by Martha Coolidge. It is co-produced by Patriot Pictures and Madonna's film production company, Maverick Films.

Quotes

Ava Marchetta: We're being totally dissed.
Tanzie Marchetta: By Etienne? He worships us.
Ava Marchetta: Yeah.
Tanzie Marchetta: He was going to go straight for us.
Ava Marchetta: Yeah, well, he's not straight for us anymore.

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