On the heels of her latest movie news, this week's Movie Night is all about Sarah Jessica Parker. She will forever be associated with Carrie Bradshaw on "Sex and the City," but the truth is, she's played some delightful non-Carrie-like characters in her day.
Banish from your mind Failure to Launch and If Lucy Fell, and check out three of my favorite movies that feature SJP. And instead of photo stills, this week I found short clips from each of these movies. This first one is truly a little bit of '80s bliss.
Girls Just Want to Have Fun
For this movie description — in case you somehow missed the movie back in the mid-1980s — I'm deferring to the Netflix write-up because it's rather hilarious: "Janey (Sarah Jessica Parker) is a shy good girl. Lynne (Helen Hunt) is a cool rock chick. But when the two friends scheme to get Janey on television's biggest after-school dance show, they find themselves on a wild adventure filled with cute boys, hot dancing, prudish nuns, mean rich kids, parents that just don't understand, and girls doing what they know best...just having FUN!"
For two more SJP suggestions and clips,
State and Main
When I need to be cheered up, this David Mamet movie about a doomed movie shoot never fails to do the trick. Sarah Jessica Parker plays a Hollywood starlet who refuses to do a key nude scene (despite the fact that she's well-known for dropping trou in other films) because she wants to restore her saintly image. Besides Mamet's witty dialogue, the best part about this movie is the cast, which also includes Philip Seymour Hoffman as a mopey screenwriter, William H. Macy as a self-important director, and the hilarious Alec Baldwin as
himself a drunken, philandering movie star.
More than just a great SJP movie, this is one of the best Steve Martin movies ever (which makes sense, seeing as Martin wrote the screenplay, basing it on "A Midsummer Night's Dream"). Sarah Jessica Parker plays the young, flighty California girl to Martin's midlife crisis. Victoria Tennant plays the lovely French horn-playing neighbor living next door to Harris (Martin) and who rounds out the little love triangle. The story is funny, whimsical and has that light California feeling with a sprinkling of dour Steve Martinisms.