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The Girls' Room (2000)

Grace and her roommate Casey don't get along. Grace is in a happy relationship with Charlie and they are planning to get married soon and that frustrated Casey because she thinks Grace just... See full summary »

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Irene Turner

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Amanda L. Beall
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Soleil Moon Frye ... Casey
Wil Wheaton ... Charlie
Catherine Taber ... Grace (as Cat Taber)
Gary Wolf ... Joey
Michelle Brookhurst ... Paige
Crystall Carmen Crystall Carmen ... Sweetie
Julianna McCarthy Julianna McCarthy ... Nana
Jay Underwood ... Shepp
Jeff Hightower Jeff Hightower ... Trent
Lela Lee ... Chloe
Torie Lynch Torie Lynch ... Beth
Kenya D. Williamson Kenya D. Williamson ... Zoe
Jay Michael Ferguson ... Clay
Krishna Asani Krishna Asani ... Julia
Chris Martin ... Frank
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Grace and her roommate Casey don't get along. Grace is in a happy relationship with Charlie and they are planning to get married soon and that frustrated Casey because she thinks Grace just has everything. As the time goes by their relationships will get more complicated and nothing will be as it seemed... Written by Sandra

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lust, love, jealousy, and suspicion ... Isn't love grand? See more »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 2000 (USA) See more »

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Best of Enemies See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Dolby SR

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Joey: So now you associate me with a miserable time on your back involving bodily fluids... Good deal.
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The Girls' Room
20 March 2005 | by HoustonKingSee all my reviews

I just bought the DVD from amazon and had to write about it. It was the most realistic and inspiring portrayal of being a woman at college that I have seen. Being a southern woman who attended Brown before transferring to NH Community College, it was a hard adjustment for me. Cat the protagonist in the film, was a role that I could relate to.

I think anyone who went to college, man or woman would like the film. Highly recommended. Although it sounds like a straight-ahead chick pic, ~ "The Girls' Room" instead turns out to be a humorous tale of difference and tolerance that, in the hands of frosh helmer Irene Turner, is less gender specific than the title would suggest. Winning, intimate performances by former sitcom star Soleil Moon Frye ("Punky Brewster") and newcomer Cat Taber anchor the film and help smooth over its occasional lapses in logic. The generally appealing picture has an outside shot at finding a distributor and will deservedly open doors for Turner, a co-producer on "Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss."

College roomies Casey (Frye) and Grace (Taber) are a contempo odd couple. Casey, a bohemian performance artist with a penchant for bad boys, profanity and pot, garbs herself in black and heavy mascara. Preppy good girl Grace just wants to ace her classes and wed her frat boy Romeo (Wil Wheaton). When Casey's obnoxious taunts and schemes put Grace's plans in jeopardy, she resolves to get even.

And so Grace begins to spend time with Casey's pal Joey (Gary Wolf), a guitar-strumming loner and the only guy her roommate hasn't nailed. That seemingly platonic friendship begets a cycle of jealousy, suspicion and innuendo that further imperils Grace's nuptial plans.

Far from being an update of "Single White Female"-the film that gave female roommates a bad name- "The Girls' Room" nicely develops its characters, resisting the urge to limit them as easy stereotypes. Casey, it turns out, knows she was dealt a bad hand from the start, whereas Grace subtly begins to question her sheltered Southern upbringing.

Nor does Amanda Beall's script demonize either character. Both women are flawed, to be sure, but despite their surface antagonism, each harbors a real desire to explore the other's life. Their mutual attraction-repulsion keeps the tension percolating and thankfully leaves some surprises for the final reel. The characters ultimately emerge in the script as wholly rounded and,as realized in Taber and Frye's empathetic performances, neither easy to like nor completely despicable.

Others in the cast, especially Wolf and Julianna McCarthy as Casey's grandmother, provide ample support. Production values are sharp, and the location photography (at North Carolina's Wake Forest University) adds a sun dappled collegiate feel to the proceedings.


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