Follow TV Tropes

Following

History Film / Girlfriends

Go To



* WeUsedToBeFriends: Susan and Anne seem headed toward this fate after they have a big argument. [[spoiler:They reconcile in the final scene, though]].

to:

* WeUsedToBeFriends: Susan and Anne seem headed toward this fate after they have a big argument. [[spoiler:They reconcile in the final scene, though]].though]].
----


Susan's best friend and roommate, aspiring writer Anne Munroe (Anita Skinner), suddenly announces that she's moving out to marry Martin (Creator/BobBalaban). Susan struggles to keep their friendship afloat, as she juggles other friendships old and new, a romance with a man named Eric (Creator/ChristopherGuest) she first met at a party, her first big break in her photography career, and even thoughts that Rabbi Gold (a married man three decades her senior) might be more than just a friend.

to:

Susan's best friend and roommate, aspiring writer Anne Munroe (Anita Skinner), suddenly announces that she's moving out to marry Martin (Creator/BobBalaban). Susan struggles to keep their friendship afloat, as she juggles other friendships old and new, a romance with a man named Eric (Creator/ChristopherGuest) she first met at a party, her first big break in her photography career, and even thoughts that Rabbi Gold (a married man three decades her senior) [[MayDecemberRomance might be more than just a friend.
friend]].


* MayDecemberRomance: There's definitely some chemistry between Susan and Rabbi Gold, and [[spoiler:when he kisses her out of the blue, she briefly decides to pursue a relationship with him]].

to:

%% * MayDecemberRomance: There's definitely some chemistry between Susan and Rabbi Gold, and [[spoiler:when he kisses her out of the blue, she briefly decides to pursue a relationship with him]].


* FanDisservice: Unless you really like the idea of seeing Creator/ChristopherGuest and Bob Balaban naked (not together, though).

to:

* FanDisservice: Unless you really like the idea of seeing Creator/ChristopherGuest and Bob Balaban Creator/BobBalaban naked (not together, though).


Susan's best friend and roommate, aspiring writer Anne Munroe (Anita Skinner), suddenly announces that she's moving out to marry Martin (Bob Balaban). Susan struggles to keep their friendship afloat, as she juggles other friendships old and new, a romance with a man named Eric (Creator/ChristopherGuest) she first met at a party, her first big break in her photography career, and even thoughts that Rabbi Gold (a married man three decades her senior) might be more than just a friend.

to:

Susan's best friend and roommate, aspiring writer Anne Munroe (Anita Skinner), suddenly announces that she's moving out to marry Martin (Bob Balaban).(Creator/BobBalaban). Susan struggles to keep their friendship afloat, as she juggles other friendships old and new, a romance with a man named Eric (Creator/ChristopherGuest) she first met at a party, her first big break in her photography career, and even thoughts that Rabbi Gold (a married man three decades her senior) might be more than just a friend.


* NoEnding: Susan and Anne [[spoiler:renew their friendship at the country house, then they see Martin pull up in the driveway for an unannounced visit, but the film ends before enters the house]].

to:

* NoEnding: Susan and Anne [[spoiler:renew their friendship at the country house, then they see Martin pull up in the driveway for an unannounced visit, but the film ends before he enters the house]].


Produced over the span of a year on a shoestring budget, ''Girlfriends'' became a favorite on the then-embryonic film festival circuit, with Creator/WarnerBros picking it up for distribution. While it didn't attract much of an audience in regular release, it impressed Creator/StanleyKubrick, who touted it in an interview as the best recent film by an American director. Long considered an obscure curio, it's gained renewed attention in recent years as an early attempt by female filmmakers to touch on feminist themes, as well as obvious ancestor of the Mumblecore movement. Creator/LenaDunham has been an enthusiastic champion, and even brought in Weill to direct an episode of ''Series/{{Girls}}''.

to:

Produced over the span of a year on a shoestring budget, ''Girlfriends'' became a favorite on the then-embryonic film festival circuit, with Creator/WarnerBros picking it up for distribution. While it didn't attract much of an audience in regular release, it impressed Creator/StanleyKubrick, who touted it in an interview as the best recent film by an American director. Long considered an obscure curio, it's gained renewed attention in recent years as an early attempt by female filmmakers to touch on feminist themes, as well as an obvious ancestor of the Mumblecore movement. Creator/LenaDunham has been an enthusiastic champion, and even brought in Weill to direct an episode of ''Series/{{Girls}}''.


Susan's best friend and roommate, aspiring writer Anne Munroe (Anita Skinner), suddenly announces that she's moving out to marry Martin (Bob Balaban). Susan struggles to keep their friendship afloat, as she juggles other friendships old and new, a romance with a man named Eric (Creator/ChristopherGuest) she first met at a party, her first big break in her photography career, and even entertains thoughts that Rabbi Gold (a married man three decades her senior) might be more than just a friend.

to:

Susan's best friend and roommate, aspiring writer Anne Munroe (Anita Skinner), suddenly announces that she's moving out to marry Martin (Bob Balaban). Susan struggles to keep their friendship afloat, as she juggles other friendships old and new, a romance with a man named Eric (Creator/ChristopherGuest) she first met at a party, her first big break in her photography career, and even entertains thoughts that Rabbi Gold (a married man three decades her senior) might be more than just a friend.


* HeterosexualLifePartners: Susan and Anne, but Anne's marriage throws a major curveball into this relationship for both of them.



* PlatonicLifePartners: Susan and Anne, but Anne's marriage throws a major curveball into this relationship for both of them.


Susan Weinblatt (Melanie Mayron) is a young photographer in New York City. Struggling to find galleries that will display her artistic photos, she makes ends meet doing commercial photography. One of her main clients is friendly Rabbi Aaron Gold (Creator/EliWallach), who uses her to photograph the bar mitzvahs and weddings he presides over.

to:

Susan Weinblatt (Melanie Mayron) is a young photographer in New York City. Struggling to find galleries that will display her artistic photos, she makes ends meet doing commercial photography. One of her main clients is friendly Rabbi Aaron Gold (Creator/EliWallach), who uses always hires her to photograph the bar mitzvahs and weddings he presides over.



* NoEnding: Susan and Anne [[spoiler:renew their friendship at the country house, then they see Martin pull up in the driveway for an unannounced visit, but the film ends before enters the house]].



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Eric gives one to Susan, accusing her of being too hard on herself and projecting her faults onto Anne.

to:

* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Eric gives one to Susan, accusing her of being too hard on herself and projecting her own faults onto Anne.


Susan Weinblatt (Melanie Mayron) is a young photographer in New York City. Struggling to find galleries that will display her artistic photos, she makes end meet doing commercial photography. One of her main clients is friendly Rabbi Aaron Gold (Creator/EliWallach), who uses her to photograph the bar mitzvahs and weddings he presides over.

to:

Susan Weinblatt (Melanie Mayron) is a young photographer in New York City. Struggling to find galleries that will display her artistic photos, she makes end ends meet doing commercial photography. One of her main clients is friendly Rabbi Aaron Gold (Creator/EliWallach), who uses her to photograph the bar mitzvahs and weddings he presides over.

Added DiffLines:

* {{Adorkable}}: Susan combines a pleasant demeanor, wit, and a bit of awkwardness.

Added DiffLines:

[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/img_73.jpg]]

''Girlfriends'' is a 1978 {{Dramedy}} directed by Claudia Weill, from a screenplay by Vicki Polon.

Susan Weinblatt (Melanie Mayron) is a young photographer in New York City. Struggling to find galleries that will display her artistic photos, she makes end meet doing commercial photography. One of her main clients is friendly Rabbi Aaron Gold (Creator/EliWallach), who uses her to photograph the bar mitzvahs and weddings he presides over.

Susan's best friend and roommate, aspiring writer Anne Munroe (Anita Skinner), suddenly announces that she's moving out to marry Martin (Bob Balaban). Susan struggles to keep their friendship afloat, as she juggles other friendships old and new, a romance with a man named Eric (Creator/ChristopherGuest) she first met at a party, her first big break in her photography career, and even entertains thoughts that Rabbi Gold (a married man three decades her senior) might be more than just a friend.

Produced over the span of a year on a shoestring budget, ''Girlfriends'' became a favorite on the then-embryonic film festival circuit, with Creator/WarnerBros picking it up for distribution. While it didn't attract much of an audience in regular release, it impressed Creator/StanleyKubrick, who touted it in an interview as the best recent film by an American director. Long considered an obscure curio, it's gained renewed attention in recent years as an early attempt by female filmmakers to touch on feminist themes, as well as obvious ancestor of the Mumblecore movement. Creator/LenaDunham has been an enthusiastic champion, and even brought in Weill to direct an episode of ''Series/{{Girls}}''.

No relation to the [[Series/{{Girlfriends}} TV series]] or the [[Manga/GirlFriends manga]].


!!This film contains examples of:
* AwfulWeddedLife: We get hints that testy Anne and nebbishy Martin aren't all that happy of a couple. Also, Anne's parents got divorced, and Rabbi Gold and his wife seem to have a shaky marriage.
* BiTheWay: Susan's temporary roommate Ceil is openly attracted to women, and Susan at first doesn't discourage her from thinking she might bisexual.
* BigApplesauce: Set in the tiny apartments and art galleries of Lower Manhattan, and it's the kind of movie that couldn't take place anywhere else.
* CoolOldGuy: Rabbi Gold, who's gentle, funny and wise.
* DeadpanSnarker: The most obvious shared trait of Susan and Eric.
* {{Expy}}: Susan is like a ten-years-older version of Ginger, Melanie Mayron's character in ''Film/HarryAndTonto''.
* FanDisservice: Unless you really like the idea of seeing Creator/ChristopherGuest and Bob Balaban naked (not together, though).
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: When [[spoiler:Susan goes to find Anne after she went to the country for the weekend while leaving Martin in the city, this gets a major aversion when it's revealed that Anne secretly had an abortion because she didn't want a second child]].
* GranolaGirl: Ceil, who Susan picks up hitchhiking and who later becomes her roommate.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: On a visual level, you have blonde shiksa Anne on one hand, then there's dark-haired and very Jewish Susan. But personality-wise, they both have a mixture of lighter and darker sides.
* MayDecemberRomance: There's definitely some chemistry between Susan and Rabbi Gold, and [[spoiler:when he kisses her out of the blue, she briefly decides to pursue a relationship with him]].
* {{Meganekko}}: Susan and her trademark glasses.
* MessyHair: Susan has quite an impressive Jewfro.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Susan and Anne, but Anne's marriage throws a major curveball into this relationship for both of them.
* RandomEventsPlot[=/=]SliceOfLife: Basically it's a series of vignettes from a year or so of Susan's life.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Eric gives one to Susan, accusing her of being too hard on herself and projecting her faults onto Anne.
* RedOniBlueOni: Susan (red) is outgoing and earthy, Anne (blue) is more guarded and uptight.
* UnbuiltTrope: While the fashion and setting are very much from TheSeventies, the tone and approach are remarkably similar to a modern indie film. While Weill was clearly familiar with the directorial work of Creator/JohnCassavetes and Creator/EricRohmer, she adds her own unique spin to their influence that makes this film seem very modern.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Susan and Anne seem headed toward this fate after they have a big argument. [[spoiler:They reconcile in the final scene, though]].

Showing 13 edit(s) of 13

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report