Suburban Girl
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alec Baldwin, Maggie Grace
Directed by Marc Klein
Based on The Girl?s Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
Peace Arch Entertainment 2008
97 minutes

Suburban Girl is a very good chick flick. It is good enough to become someone’s all-time favorite to the point they will have to replace their copy of this romantic comedy DVD.

This is a smart, fresh movie that keeps you interested and certainly amuses. Sarah Michelle Gellar is great as the suburban girl turned associate editor trying to make it in the big city.

I am a guy thus not a big chick flick romantic comedy fan but I very much enjoyed Suburban Girl.

It’s great to see a movie that does not waste its time spinning its wheels and manages to convey story and character in very succinct scenes that no secondary character best friend needs to explain. A favorite here is the scene where Brett (Sarah Michelle Gellar) meets lion of the publishing world Archie Knox (Alec Baldwin).

It shows she has the gumption to go after what she needs to make her career move forward but the scene immediately after that shows she still has to learn who’s who and mind her Ps and Qs. Another is a very short moment later in the movie at Brett’s home.

It is also refreshing to see a comedy where both lead characters are smart, clever, and equals when it comes to playing romantic power games. Brett is able to keep up with Archie Knox’s tricks so she is not quite the defenseless babe in the woods the DVD jacket synopsis suggests she is. They are nasty woods though and Sarah Michelle Gellar is a certainly a babe.

Special features on the Suburban Girl DVD are limited to a director’s commentary track.

It is better than most but to be avoided until you have seen the entire movie as director Marc Klein, who can be a bit full of himself, plays spoiler almost right off the bat and a couple of times after that.


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