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Little Black Book

  • Film

Time Out says

This latest Brittany Murphy comedy attempts to shake up the rom-com formula with mixed results. When TV junior Stacy (Murphy) discovers that her absent boyfriend Derek (Ron Livingston) keeps a picture of an ex on his Palm Pilot, she interviews his significant exes under a pseudonym, pretending it’s research for the chat show on which she works. The idea is to gain a greater understanding of Derek, but Stacy learns a lot more than she bargains for about men, relationships and working ethics in the television game. With Holly Hunter as an ambitious colleague and Kathy Bates as a self-important show host, this flirts with sharp satire about broadcasting but too often diverts to failed farce as Stacy fumbles around her boyfriend’s apartment and life. This inhabits a strange middle ground between cynical comedy and sappy chick flick, and while its preference for realism over romance may be laudable, it’s unlikely to satisfy fans of either genre.
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Release Details

  • Rated:12A
  • Release date:Friday 29 October 2004
  • Duration:97 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Nick Hurran
  • Cast:
    • Brittany Murphy
    • Holly Hunter
    • Kathy Bates
    • Ron Livingston
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