Early '80s nostalgia from the perspective of the tragically unhip: Writer-director Whit Stillman's chronicle of the boogie-oogie-oogie era bypasses supermodels and scene-makers in favor of the often humiliating experiences of expensively
educated WASPs whose pedigrees count for everything on the job market and nothing at the velvet ropes. At the story's center are mismatched roommates: bitchy Charlotte (Kate Beckinsale) and sweet Alice (Chloe Sevigny), privileged girls with good haircuts, low-level publishing jobs and a three-way
share in a rundown railroad apartment: At least it's on the East
Side. Around them buzz a swarm of square-jawed guys they knew fro...