For the current generation ( 18-25 years old ), the movie ‘Beautiful Girls’ will be an alien movie for them. Released in 1996, it is now considered a ‘cult classic’, a movie that deals with a variety of themes, that relate to romance.
On the outside, it looks like a reunion with old friends. As you go deeper, the movie deals with question of how they should handle past, present and future romance.
It is 90s movies like ‘Beautiful Girls’ that deal with relationship honestly, which make it better than new movies released in the romance genre nowadays.
The central character, Willy, deals with a present relationship that he is in, which he is in the ambivalent mode, while attracted to a potential future romance with Marty. Trouble is Marty is just 13 ! As for his friends, we have the former high school jock who is still cannot let go of his past romance while still wanting to hold on to his current romance. A friend who wants his past romance even though the ex has moved on, and fixated on beautiful models.
These storylines are a few which run through this movie. In this movie, the romances portrayed have an air of wistfulness about them, in a way that the destination is still unclear where it will end.
The crew of actors do a great job in making this movie work, with the chemistry among them. You will find yourself following them, enjoying their banter and learning about who they are. Screen time is equally given to both to the male and female characters, so there is no ‘sexism’ here.
Both views are presented, so you can see both perspectives.
One of the characters, Gina, has the best lines in the movie, which in a way sums the romance dilemmas. The clip is below
In the end, there is most closure for the parties involved, though in my opinion, Willy leaves a little door ajar 😉
What I liked about the movie
- The colorful characters of friends in the movie, and their interaction… people that we can identify with ..
- The plotline … simple to understand..
- The relationship between Willy and Marty
- The role of Andera in making things clearer for Willy, Paul and Tommy
PS / I do recommend the soundtrack, some nice music there …
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