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When the Party's Over (1991)

Comedy movie directed by Matthew Irmas

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When The Party’s Over 1992, Sandra Bullock gets ‘earthy’

  • May 31, 2004
Rating:
+1
Pros: Bullock's sexy outfits

Cons: two-sided tape

The Bottom Line: __________________



The movie opens, appropriately enough, when a party comes to a rather abrupt ending. Four of the main characters sit about, chatting - well chatting is a bit kind, reaming would be a better term - while they wait for a missing member of their house to return home.

The scene is filmed in black with highlighted features to the characters. No mistaking Rae Dawn Chong, who plays M.J., cigarette smoke rising in the air around her as she receives the reaming from fellow roommate Minx. No disguise here either, that tumbling hair and pert nose with full pouting lips can belong to none other than Sandra Bullock. Two male figures are shown, one on the couch, one on the floor, but, for the most part, they remain silent.

Then we flashback, and find out the reason for this late night interlude.

M.J. is a successful stockbroker that uses her feminine wiles and sexy good looks to further her career. Although an extrovert, she bottles her true feelings up, denying her life is miserable. She is lonely, has little remorse for what she does, and is involved in a flashy affair with a virile young man named Taylor. Taylor, by the way, is the boyfriend of her roommate Frankie.

Frankie, played by Elizabeth Berridge, is a social worker. This doe-eyed white girl is down in the projects of L.A., thinking she can make a change, even if it is only one life. She thinks she is in a committed relationship with Taylor, Brian McNamara, who is a rising star in the attorney world and lives on a houseboat. Her eyes get opened in several areas throughout the movie.

Sandra Bullock, as Minx, is a fairly successful artist. She makes outlandish paintings with a sale here and there. No steady in her life, a chance encounter at a Hollywood party introduces her to, as he says, her soulmate from other lives, one Alexander Nightshade, played by Fisher Stevens. This is not your usual girl-next-door Sandra Bullock. Although the scrubbed and shiny face is still there, her black hair tumbles almost to her waist and she wears jeans with more material missing than present. Small, tight, breast revealing tops compliment her perfect figure, and she has a mouth like a sailor on leave.

The fourth, and final, permanent roommate, is Banks, played by Kris Kamm. An actor that has had a few successful commercials but just hasn’t made it big. This particular party was being held to celebrate his new success, being accepted as a cast member for a show in Chicago, and he will be leaving this group of players and moving on.

When The Party’s Over doesn’t necessarily pertain to a party but rather, I believe, to life in general. Things spiraling and evolving, eventually coming to a head and resolution. This is like a mini Friends cast meets L.A. with all the things that come when relationships and friendships collide on lifes highway.

I enjoyed Bullocks salty character for a change. She was finally someone the common person could identify with, her life just wasn’t all that perfect, but nearly so. Rae Dawn Chong remains an incredible actress, even in a low budget film like this one.

The film was written by Matthew Irmas & Ann Wycoff, directed by Irmas. Language is probably earned it an R-rating because other than that there are no real offensive scenes in the movie. Sex is implied, showing couples wrapped in each others arms under blankets, although there is a rowdy scene between M.J. and Taylor, which was interrupted by Minx’s younger brother. Sadly to say, no breast shots, except for the tempting one by Bullock in this outstanding vest she wore to an opening. I don’t know how they kept those perky little guys hidden so well, lots of two sided tape I would assume....sigh....

I had never heard of this movie but I thoroughly enjoyed it. A character driven movie dealing with the pitfalls of life and the successes.

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Susi


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review by . May 03, 2009
Other than seeing a young Sandra Bullock looking cute in a film that was made before she was a star, there is not a lot of positive things I can say. Several young people share an apartment, joined together by Rae Dawn Chong's character, MJ (that in itself should be a tipoff because I cannot remember a Chong movie post-Commando). Tensions mount at the big party and MJ's self-destructive personality causes the friends to break up when the party ends including a couple that just got engaged during …
review by . January 27, 2005
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Other than seeing a young Sandra Bullock looking cute in a film that was made before she was a star, there is not a lot of positive things I can say. Several young people share an apartment, joined together by Rae Dawn Chong's character, MJ (that in itself should be a tipoff because I cannot remember a Chong movie post-Commando). Tensions mount at the big party and MJ's self-destructive personality causes the friends to break up when the party ends including a couple that just got engaged during …
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Sandra Bullock, Elizabeth Berridge, Rae Dawn Chong and Fisher Stevens star in this powerful and intimate look at success, friendship and sex in the 1990's. A group of young, sophisticated and beautiful friends are bent on having it all. Living together in an exclusive section of Los Angeles makes life one ongoing party. Their bodies are beautiful, their beds are busy, their careers are rising fast - especially for M.J. (Chong). Her charm and sexy good looks allow her to manipulate and use everyone around her, even her closest friends. But what happens when the party's over?
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Director: Matthew Irmas
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: 1991
Screen Writer: Matthew Irmas, Ann Wycoff
DVD Release Date: May 21, 2002
Runtime: 114 minutes
Studio: Lions Gate
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