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At Theaters: 8/18/2006 On Video: 12/12/2006
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 39 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 469986
Studio: MGM Pictures
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For Ava and Tanzie Marchetta, life is a rollercoaster ride of fun parties, cute guys and gorgeous clothes and makeup. Celebutantes who have inherited their father's multi-million-dollar cosmetics industry, Ava and Tanzie only have to show up at the occasional board meeting and let the grownups do the rest. But when an awful scandal takes away their house, their car and all their money, Ava and Tanzie have to learn how to live in the real world...and have the opportunity to discover what they're made of and realize the potential they never knew they had.
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Comedy Drama - This is a comedy aimed squarely at young girls, particularly of pre-teen age. Fans of Hilary Duff's music may be disappointed by the lack of it here.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Hilary Duff CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN 2, THE PERFECT MAN
Haylie Duff DREAMS IN THE ATTIC, THE NEWMAN SHOWER
Anjelica Huston THE LIFE AQUATIC, ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL
Brent Spiner STAR TREK: NEMESIS, THE MASTER OF DISGUISE
Maria Conchita Alonso THE RUNNING MAN, TOUCH AND GO
Lukas Haas THE LADY IN WHITE
Director: Martha Coolidge THE PRINCE AND ME, RAMBLING ROSE
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About The Film
About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 1 S-word, very few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: None.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Comic banter and wisecracks; some physical gags.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 158 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
47
Very High
98%
13-19Teens (F)
45
Very High
84%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
12
High
75%
30+Adults (M)
8
Fairly High
88%
30+Adults (F)
46
About 50/50
83%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 158 moviegoers: Children loved "Material Girls." Approximately three-quarters of the teen females also loved it. Unfortunately the remaining one-third didn't think much of it. So, I would still recommend it to teen females, just keep in mind that there's a fairly good chance you may not enjoy it. Twentysomething female opinions are basically the same as the teen females. Most really enjoyed it but quite a few didn't. Adult female opinions are typical for a movie targeted at a younger age group. The majority of the opinions are in the average to above average range with some very high and some very low opinions. I have no problem recommending "Material Girls" as a good mother daughter movie.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
To Ava (Haylie Duff) and Tanzie Marchetta (Hilary Duff), adult responsibilities are making sure their shoes are in season, getting into the right clubs, and, in Ava's case, being engaged to the right TV star. Ava and Tanzie are the "face" of Marchetta Cosmetics, the mega-company their late father built from the ground up, and as a consequence they've never had to develop any skills beyond looking good. Other than the occasional board meeting or photo shoot, the sisters mostly let their father's trusted partner, Tommy (Brent Spiner) and CFO Craig (Obba Babatundé), look after the company while their housekeeper, Inez (Maria Conchita Alonso), the only "mother" they've ever known, looks after their house.

But when Tommy presents a takeover offer from their father's arch-rival Fabiella (Anjelica Huston), Tanzie takes a stand. She secretly harbors dreams of becoming a chemist like her dad and shudders at the thought of Fabiella taking over what their father believed in so passionately.

But Ava and Tanzie's world is turned upside down when an investigative reporter breaks a blockbuster story that one of Marchetta's best products is a health hazard. He even has footage of a disfigured victim to prove it.

Suddenly, the news media is hounding the celebutantes for something other than paparazzi pictures. Their assets are frozen. Their staff flees. Soon, their house and car are gone and the two young women who had the world in the palm of their hand find themselves with nothing but the couture on their backs. Is there a even away around Los Angeles that isn't in the back of a limo?

Though the easiest option would be to let Fabiella take the company and walk away with millions, the girls realize they're tougher than that and set out to get to the bottom of the accusations against their dad. With the help of Inez and some new friends - a Marchetta chemist (Marcus Coloma) and a free legal aid attorney (Lukas Haas) - Ava and Tanzie will use skills and resources they never knew they had to grow up, clear their father's name, and in the process, discover who they really are.

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