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  • 2000
  • 1 HR 30 MIN
  • NR
  • Comedy

This spotty but cheerful satire of the fashion press isn't the flat-out assault the business deserves, but it's harmless fluff that's smart enough never to take itself seriously. Lucky college grad Jocelyn (Dominique Swain) has landed a summer internship at Skirt magazine, the fabulous new fashion rag run by Anna Wintour-ish editor-in-chief Roxane Rochet...read more

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This spotty but cheerful satire of the fashion press isn't the flat-out assault the business deserves, but it's harmless fluff that's smart enough never to take itself seriously. Lucky college grad Jocelyn (Dominique Swain) has landed a summer internship at Skirt

magazine, the fabulous new fashion rag run by Anna Wintour-ish editor-in-chief Roxane Rochet (Peggy Lipton). Joycelyn hopes her stint as the magazine's "resident Xerox whore" — a miserable fate detailed in the movie's opening musical number (it's that kind of movie) — will lead to a

permanent position on Skirt's staff as well as in the arms of its dishy English art director, Paul (Ben Pullen). So far, all Jocelyn's job has amounted to is retyping Rolodexes, color-coordinating pushpins and spritzing temperamental supermodels during endless photo shoots. But there's

something sinister afoot in Skirt's hallways and fax rooms; someone has been leaking the magazine's trend-setting feature ideas to Vogue's editor-at-large (Andre Leon Talley), and resourceful Jocelyn is determined to find the culprit. Could it be the magazine's bulimic hair editor

(Anna Thompson); swooning shoe editor Chi-Chi (Paulina Porizkova) or Dolly Bellows (Joan Rivers), the magazine's terrifyingly nipped-and-tucked creative director? Or is someone even higher up the Skirt ranks? The model-thin intrigue is little more than a frame on which to hang novice

screenwriters Jill Kopelman and Christina Doyle's sometimes snappy dialogue, and provide a pretext for an endless parade of fashionista cameos: Tommy Hilfiger, Kenneth Cole, Diane Von Furstenberg and fashion plate Gwyneth Paltrow (a school chum of Doyle's) all put in brief appearances. But this

relentlessly name-dropping comedy lacks the teeth that could have made it really interesting; like its clued-in heroine, the film pays lip service to disgust at the whole business while ultimately choosing to remain part of it.

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