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Movie Night: Sarah Jessica Parker Movies

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.

L.A. Story
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.

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craving_vintage craving_vintage 9 years
I remember Beta. :ROTFL:
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
I never got to see Girls Just Want to Have Fun all the way through. I think I'm going to have to make that happen soon!
CatarinaBella521 CatarinaBella521 9 years
I have Girls Just Wanna Have Fun on DVD and on a Beta tape...anyone remember Betavision? I so wanted to be Jainey especially in the last dance sequence! Don't forget future stars Jonathon Silverman & Shannen Doherty are in it too ;)
craving_vintage craving_vintage 9 years
I love Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. :)It's in the $5.50 bin at Wal-Mart. lol And yes, CaterpillarGirl, Footloose is the best movie. :D Kevin Bacon was my first celeb crush. And all because of Footloose. Now he's not even on the list. :ROTFL:
nomerz nomerz 9 years
oh and The Family Stone was awful ... really awful! Everyone I talk to loves to but wow it sucked!
nomerz nomerz 9 years
Zooey was the thing that saved Failure to Launch ... it wasn't a bad movie but I thought her and Matthew lacked chemistry (hello Kate Hudson -- that was chemistry) and SJP's character was super annoying. I may check out these.
Pinkgirl88 Pinkgirl88 9 years
the family stone was the worst movie i ever saw so thanks for not putting that on the list :)
rlveronica rlveronica 9 years
I love her and her style! :D
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Hands Down Favorite SJP movie........FOOTLOOSE. cmon people
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Great picks, Buzz. Love State and Main and just added L.A. Story to my Netflix list. Thanks!
Sandybfan Sandybfan 9 years
i love SJP. I'll definitely have to check these out.
Advah Advah 9 years
Phew glad you didn't include The Family Stone, I rented it expecting a comedy and found it incredibly mean!
MarcDom7 MarcDom7 9 years
I believe Victoria Tennent played the tuba, hence the "loud, sustained booming sounds" she asked Steve Martin about.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 9 years
Oy. That "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" looks like...crap. Really funny in areas it's not supposed to; hollow electronic music, crappy choreography, bad hair, inane situations. But no offense to its fans. I like a lot of stuff that other people think is stupid. I loved "LA Story," never saw "State & Main," even though I adore SJP. I really didn't know she was in it...
dcmurray1970 dcmurray1970 9 years
great movies
LovelySedona LovelySedona 9 years
i love 'girls just wanna have fun'! it's such a great movie!
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I've never heard of the first one, but I definitely wanna check it out!
eaker eaker 9 years
I guess not everyone shares my weakness for vintage Bacon ;0) I'll have to check out State and Main, it sounds cute.
xo_verity xo_verity 9 years
They all seem like great movies! The only SJP movies Ive seen are 'Failure To Launch' and 'The Family Stone'.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
eaker — I do a Movie Night post each week featuring 3 movies. These are my three favorite Sarah Jessica Parker films, personally speaking. Footloose is great, but I myself like these movies better.
Lorelei-Spirit Lorelei-Spirit 9 years
I loved State and Main - great cast!
eaker eaker 9 years
Hmm I really only liked Failure to Launch for the Zooey Deschanel vs Mockingbird story line. Also Bradley Whitford is delicious. Why isn't Footloose on this list?
Pink_Lipstick Pink_Lipstick 9 years
I've actually never seen any of those movies, so I'm definitely going to have to check them out. The only movie I've seen with her in it is Failure to Launch (which I thought was pretty good).
hepsmom hepsmom 9 years
L.A. Story IS fantastic. One of those movies I'd never heard of until I happened to see it on television. Steve Martin is a genius. I believe you WILL enjoy this movie!
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