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"Material Girls" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

Tanzie and Ava Marchetta are sisters who are heirs to a cosmetics fortune.  However, they live the life of a socialite, going to parties and shopping, paying little to no attention to their late father’s company or how it is run, much less the people that run it.  When a product flaw causes the company stock to tumble and their assets to be frozen, they are likely to have to sell to their main competitor to maintain their current lifestyle.  Unless they can figure out what really is happening with their company and the products it produces.

Specifications

  • MGM
  • 2006, Color, Rated PG, 1 Hr 38 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p, AVC
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: Hilary Duff, Haylie Duff, Angelica Houston
  • Directed by Martha Coolidge
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

An obvious vehicle for stars Hilary and Haylie Duff, Material Girls opens with a cover of the Madonna track (Madonna’s film company actually produced the film) and unfortunately it’s downhill from there.  Despite having treated everyone around them like garbage their whole life, and taken no interest in anything or anyone beside themselves, the sisters are able to find people willing to put their careers and reputations on the line for them, and to bail them out of hard situations.

Of course, they manage to uncover a fraudulent scheme at the heart of their company that everyone else managed to miss, but a coherent plot isn’t what the Duff sisters were looking for when they signed up for this, they just wanted something to let them attempt to act and contribute a couple songs to the soundtrack.  Obviously this isn’t a movie for my age or demographic, but it leaves me happy to not have a daughter this age that I’d have to go see these films with.

Technical

Probably using an older transfer, Material Girls is fine on Blu-ray, though soft overall.  Textures don’t pop off the screen, though with the focus on fashion there is plenty of opportunity to do so.  The audio is fairly minimal as well, with the surrounds only being used for some occasional ambiance or for the soundtrack to kick in.  Dialog is fine, though not always as clear as it could be.

Extras

A commentary track, music video, featurettes, and the original trailer are included.