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Film / Little Black Book

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A 2004 Chick Flick romantic comedy directed by Nick Hurran and starring Brittany Murphy, with Holly Hunter, Ron Livingston, Kathy Bates, and Julianne Nicholson.

Stacy Holt (Murphy) is an aspiring journalist from New Jersey. While working on a local daytime talk show hosted by Kippie Kann (Bates), Stacy discovers one of the guests is an ex-girlfriend of her boyfriend Derek (Livingston). Realizing that he has told her very little about his past relationships, and encouraged by show producer Barb (Hunter), she embarks on a journey of discovery.

The film features examples of:

  • Batman Gambit: Barb manipulates Stacy into running around and contacting Derek's exes, then The Reveal happens on-air. Deception seems to be a common way for Kippie to get her guests on the show.
  • Big Friendly Dog: Bob, a Bull Mastiff

  • Disappeared Dad: Stacy's dad leaves when she's young and her mother raises her.
  • Glove Snap: Stacy, believing Dr. Rachel Keyes to be a podiatrist, realizes all too late that she is in fact a gynecologist. As she ominously snaps on a pair of gloves, Stacy internally remarks that they “aren’t for the opera”.
  • Large Ham: Kathy Bates has a great time chewing the scenery as a daytime talk show host.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: The movie starts when Stacy is 7 years old when her dad leaves the family and her love of Carly Simon's music begins.
  • Shout-Out: The protagonist and her mom are big Carly Simon fans. Her music is used several times, and Working Girl is discussed. Leads to The Cameo from Simon at the end.
  • Stock Scream: Subverted. When new guests arrive on the show, they're met with a doorbell sound effect and sometimes a scream. On Stacy's first day, Barb provides a live scream when they can't seem to find/cue up the sound effect.