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Material Girls

The Duff girls need rich girl lessons from Paris Hilton
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  August 23, 2006
0.5 0.5 Stars

The latest vehicle for Hilary Duff (and poor Haylie, who looks like the drag-queen version of her pretty sister) is an insipid mess not worthy of the tweens who flock to such flicks. Martha Coolidge, who made the great Valley Girl way back in 1983, has sunk pretty low, and she seems to know it. She’s decided not to worry about plot or character, so why should we? Instead she offers Hilary and Haylie as spoiled rich siblings who lose everything when a scandal jeopardizes the cosmetics company their late father founded. So they like, grow up and become responsible for saving the company, while wearing some of the tackiest outfits this side of Britney Spears. Anjelica Huston inexplicably shows up as their cosmetics rival; Lukas Haas, that cute kid from Witness, plays a sensitive lawyer type. Hilary and Haylie are two of the most boring celebrities around, and not even the brief appearance of Hilary’s real-life boyfriend, Joel Madden, a pseudo bad-boy rocker, adds worthy material.

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