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BLONDE AMBITION: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Katie Gregerstitch (Jessica Simpson) is a small town Oklahoma girl who works for her grandpa Pap Paw (Willie Nelson) in his bridal store. When Katie surprises her would-be model fiance Billy (Drew Fuller) in New York, she is devastated to find him with another woman. She moves in with her cousin Haley (Rachael Leigh Cook), and while filling in for her as a bike courier, finds herself in a cut-throat corporate environment. There, the ambitious Debra (Penelope Ann Miller) and pandering assistant Freddy (Andy Dick) want to use her in their scheme to overthrow the CEO Ronald (Larry Miller). Katie is hired as PA and meanwhile, meets Ben (Luke Wilson), an easy-going fun guy who works in the mail room.

Review by Louise Keller:
There's nothing redeeming about this badly written, badly directed and (in the case of Jessica Simpson), badly acted low-brow comedy. The problem is that none of the characters are anything more than caricatures and every scenario plays out as a bad joke. Why Willie Nelson and Luke Wilson took on roles as Simpson's old Pap Paw and new love interest respectively, is anyone's guess; Nelson looks confused and Wilson embarrassed, as the naïve country girl shows the ambitious city slickers a thing or two when it comes to successful business acumen.

Everything is forced and heavy handed. How can we believe a country girl can curl her hair in a New York taxi, blow bubble-gum in a corporate lift and chew with her mouth open in a restaurant one minute, but once given a high executive job for which she is totally unqualified, miraculously becomes well-groomed, beautifully dressed and behaves perfectly overnight? 'I see myself in you,' Rachael Leigh Cook's scheming Haley purrs at the Tapas bar which Katie confuses with Topless Bar. 'Brain fart; I smell it,' says her assistant Andy (Andy Dick). But of course, try as she might, all Haley's efforts to make Katie's 'ditzy blonde scatterbrain dingbat' fail, work to the contrary and put an end to her own ambitions. Larry Miller plays the witless CEO (What's wrong with your teeth,' he says 'They're too white.').

Simpson's Katie comes up with gems of wisdom like 'If you want to get the chicken in the coop, you gotta get the chicks in first.' And 'When the cow won't move, let's not try to push her.' There's a deflated inflatable castle, energy drinks at kiddies party, male strippers, cat fight between the two women and a chase between a motorised scooter and New York taxi cab. Katie even finds a way of making use of a leering window cleaner who peers through the sky scraper's windows from his rig. I did laugh in the scene when Simpson pretends to speak Norwegian to the visiting priests, but it is small recompense for enduring the rest of this totally blonde, totally boring comedy that offers little by way of rewards.

Published June 26, 2008

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 1
Mixed: 0

BLONDE AMBITION: DVD (PG)
(US, 2007)

CAST: Jessica Simpson, Luke Wilson, Rachael Leigh Cook, Penelope Ann Miller, Andy Dick, Drew Fuller

PRODUCER: Justin Berfield, Jason Felts, Lati Grobman, David E. Ornston, Jeff Rice, Richard Salvatore, Mercy Santos, Joe Simpson

DIRECTOR: Scott Marshall

SCRIPT: David McHugh, Matthew Flanagan

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Mark Irwin

EDITOR: Tara Timpone

MUSIC: Not credited

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Bob Ziembicki

RUNNING TIME: 93 minutes

PRESENTATION: Widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES: None

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Sony Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: June 26, 2008







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