Party Girl is a 1995 comedy film starring Parker Posey and directed by Daisy Von Scherler Mayer. Mary is a party girl living in NYC who is throwing an illegal party at the start of the film and is arrested and thrown in jail. She calls her godmother who bails her out, offers a harsh lecture and Mary ends up working for her at the library.
"Even a trained monkey . . ." her godmother is fond of shouting at Mary. The Dewey Decimal System is how the books are shelves and, Mary is informed, that a trained monkey learned the system in a few hours.
Mary's broken up with Nigel (Liev Schreiber) due to his repeated pattern of peeing in her shower. Guillermo Diaz plays Leo who ends up living with Mary. He wants to be a dee jay at Renee's club. Mary introduces them. There's a cute scene where the two of them take a shower together (but are not involved).
At work, she buys food from a vendor named Mustafa (Omar Townsend). She's in love with him and eventually they get together but she blows it.
It all comes together at a surprise party for Mary.
This is where Anthony Jones shows up as a cop to arrest her.
But, he's told, he hasn't even read Mary her rights.
"A love slave," he informs, "has no rights."
Yep, he's a stripper and what a fine ass he has on him. He strips down to a jock strap and Mary's focused on other things (convincing her godmother that she's serious about becoming a librarian) so Mary handcuffs him to a pole.
It's a funny movie, it's a sweet movie. I love Parker Posey in everything (she and Joey Lauren Adams make Sleep With Me).
It's also a depressing movie.
After it went off, I went looking for other movies to see. Parker, of course, has made many movies. And Diaz has a big career. But Anthony Jones has pretty much faded away and Omar Townsend never made another film (or even appeared on TV). That's really not fair.
But at least they all came together to make an amazing film in Party Girl.
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