Who's That Girl (1987)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Music, Romance


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The life of an uptight tax lawyer turns chaotic when he is asked to escort a young woman newly released from prison, who persuades him to help prove her innocence.


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11 August 2000 | MeHead
Who's That Girl: The Early Marxism of Madonna
Before she appeared in a series of Freudian dramas (Body of Evidence, Dangerous Game, Evita), Madonna experimented with juxtaposing the Nabokovian ideal of naive nymphette (see Desperately Seeking Susan) with that of unabashed working-class sexuality. What results is a masterpiece of subtle Neo-Marxist Feminism, culminated in the character of Nikki Fin. At the onset we're forced to inquire about Nikki's identity: Really, who is that girl? Is she dressing that way intentionally? Does her sartorial behavior undermine or fuel her existential yearnings? Disguised as a comedy, Who's That Girl toys with the notion that under certain social imperatives (read capitalism reeling from Reaganomics) women must find purpose by not simply exercising hostility on their male peers, but expect social gain and subordination from their attempts. Can I recommend Who's That Girl? Wholeheartedly, I can.

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Director James Foley accepted the failure of this movie saying, "I knew it was doomed before even filming started. The day before the first shoot, I sat in my hotel and looked to the script thinking, 'Damn, wish I could re-write this whole thing.' After the film released, my dad called me up saying 'you know The New York Times are calling it the worst film of the year.'" He recalled that he and Madonna chose to overlook the failure of the movie, and remembered one incident when he met Madonna at a hotel lobby. "She just looked to me once and said, 'So it's a flop right?' That's the only time she ever mentioned the film. Even Sean also never mentioned it in front of her."


Quotes

Nikki Finn: Hey! You know what I think, huh? I think that you want to stay with me. Yeah. But you just can't admit it.
Louden Trott: You think that I'd want to stay with you? I mean, that I would actually *want* to stay with *you*? Do you believe this? Lady, I'm surprised ...


Goofs

When Louden arrives in Harlem after the hospital, he puts on his pants backwards, you can see the button and zipper when he is laying on the hood talking on the phone, the next scene his pants are on the right way and zippered


Crazy Credits

An animated Nikki Finn opens up the Warner Bros logo and steps out. She then sets off a musical number ("Causing a Commotion") that covers the opening credits, and recaps the events that got Nikki in prison.


Alternate Versions

The BBFC in 1987 cut the film both for cinema release & Domestic Video, with cuts totaling 1 min 43 secs, to the scene where Madonna is shopping with Griffin Dunne in the record store & she can be seen putting cassette's into her own pockets & a shop lifter's too in order to frame him, cuts were waived on the 07/03/2006 with a PG cert, even though the Uncut version played on television channels in the early 90's


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Best Thing Ever
Performed by
Scritti Politti
Produced by Green Gartside, David Gamson and John Potoker (as John 'Tokes' Potoker)
Written by Green Gartside and David Gamson
Courtesy of WARNER BROS. Records and VIRGIN Records

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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