Margarita Happy Hour
(2001) from Tuna
Margarita Happy Hour (2001) is an Indie that was
screened at Sundance, where they evidently cut a DVD deal. I am glad
Eleanor Hutchins briefly shows a breast changing
The film centers around Zelda (Eleanor Hutchins), a
woman who is living a Bohemian lifestyle with her poet boyfriend and
their baby in a Brooklyn apartment. They live with dozens of other
people, including her best friend, who is recovering from an overdose.
Zelda and her friends, all recent moms, meet for girl talk and $2.00
Margaritas at a sidewalk bar. They morn the loss of their exciting,
carefree lives, and they discuss such wide-ranging topics as lactation, reduced sex
drive after childbirth, and trying to get Medicare for their babies.
Zelda does not have the ideal mate in Max, in that he goes out most
nights, is not exactly a breadwinner (she does freelance illustrations
for a porn mag to help), uses drugs, and tends to get into fights. She
wants better for her daughter.
Basically a character driven drama, this film will be
understood by any woman who has ever given birth. The acting is
genuine and believable. The story managed to avoid being a melodrama,
which it could easily have fallen into, and even has a surprise
ending. The photography and sets look very good for what was clearly a
low budget production.
- IMDB summary.
IMDb voters score it 6.5/10 (statistically
- with their dollars: once again, there was
a great disparity between its popularity in England and the
USA. It grossed about $31 million in the USA, only $4
million in the UK, a proportionate difference not accounted
by the population ratio.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description, this
film is a C-. Certainly not for everyone,
but character driven drama fans intrigued by the subject should
give it a try.
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