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Suburban Girl is a 2007 American romantic comedy film directed by Marc Klein and produced by Gigi Pritzker and Deborah Del Prete. It stars Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alec Baldwin, with Maggie Grace, James Naughton, and Chris Carmack in supporting roles. The film is adapted from the short stories My Old Man and The Worst Thing a Suburban Girl Could Imagine from Melissa Bank s best-selling book The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing, which spent 16 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list. The film had its premiere at New York s Tribeca Film Festival on April 27, 2007. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the United States on January 15, 2008.

For many months, the makers of Suburban Girl used the title of the book, The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing, for their film. Francis Ford Coppola (who has the rights to the title and short story of that name) and his company American Zoetrope are developing a film which is adapted from the last short story in the book.


Brett Eisenberg is an ambitious yet unconfident New York City assistant book editor living in the literary hotbed of Manhattan s Upper East Side. Struggling to become a full-fledged editor, she is shocked when she learns that her mentor and boss is fired and replaced by the glamorous Faye Falkner. At a book signing, Brett meets the notorious and much older publishing playboy Archie Knox. After spending time with him she realises how unhappy she is with her immature boyfriend Jed and breaks off their relationship in order to pursue one with Archie.

Archie is an alcoholic, although he is almost three years sober, suffers from diabetes, and has an estranged daughter. The age gap between Brett and him is made clear through their different lifestyles, such as his lack of understanding how to use a Blackberry and Brett taking him to a candy shop. Although this does not affect their relationship in the beginning — Brett appreciates the advice and confidence he gives her to stand up to Faye — she soon begins to resent his patronizing attitude. Brett and Archie fight about him treating her like his daughter, and him not telling her that he used to date Faye. He eventually begins drinking again and sleeps with another woman in order to break off their relationship.

Brett is incredibly close to her father, explaining her situation to him and asking for his advice. While visiting her family home she is shocked to discover that he has cancer and that her family didn t tell her but told her brother Ethan, because her father felt she could not handle the news. Feeling depressed and unwell, Brett makes an awful impression on a celebrity client until Archie appears and rescues the situation. They decide to give their relationship another try and Brett introduces him to her family, who are uneasy with the age difference; her father especially after learning that Archie is an alcoholic when he is admitted to hospital. Brett s father tells her that she shouldn t have to spend her life taking care of Archie.

After her father dies, Brett realizes she must finally deal with her problems without his support. Archie proposes using the Blackberry that Brett bought him but she turns him down, telling him that they see each other as teacher and student and not as equals. She says she needs time to be happy and grow up on her own.

Brett, finally confident in herself, wears a pair of leather pants she was previously too scared to wear. She begins to edit her work in a decisive way by using a pen instead of a pencil, as she used to do throughout the film.


  • Sarah Michelle Gellar as Brett Eisenberg
  • Alec Baldwin as Archie Knox
  • Maggie Grace as Chloe
  • Vanessa Branch as Faye Faulkner
  • James Naughton as Robert Eisenberg
  • Peter Scolari as Mickey Lamm
  • Chris Carmack as Jed Hanson
  • Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Ethan Eisenberg
  • Jill Eikenberry as Marlene Eisenberg
  • Marian Seldes as Margaret Paddleford
  • Marin Ireland as Katie
  • Amad Jackson as Seaver


The film was filmed in various locations around New York City as well as Toronto, Canada.

After initially working under A Girl s Guide to Hunting and Fishing, the film s title was officially changed to Suburban Girl for its release.


The film received generally mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 50%, based on 8 reviews, with an average rating of 6.1/10. It was described as a blend of Sex and the City and The Devil Wears Prada and a pseudo-sophisticated romantic comedy according to, while Pop Entertainment describes the film as an intelligent romantic comedy that probably deserves a bigger audience than the straight-to-DVD tag will likely afford it… what is good about Suburban Girl for the most part outpaces its bad patches.

Gellar s onscreen chemistry with Baldwin was praised, with Eye for Film commenting, The film works best when Baldwin and Gellar are together – aside from the fact that Gellar seriously needs to eat a bun or two. Film website stated Gellar and Baldwin both give wonderful performances and make their chemistry incredibly real and ultimately, quite heartbreaking. Containing a ton of laughs and killer fashion that could give The Devil Wears Prada a run for its money, this movie has something uncommon in most romantic comedies, tons of style and a huge heart.


No official soundtrack was released but tracks within the film include;

  • Love Song – written and performed by Sara Bareilles
  • Smokin Some Blues – written and performed by Terance Jay
  • Silent Night – written by Josef Mohr, performed by Terrance Jay
  • Start Being Nicer – written by Ken Steen, performed by Torpedo Boys
  • Charm Attack – written and performed by Leona Naess
  • Come to the Party – written and performed by Sam Winch
  • Space Age Love Song – written by Francis Maudsle et al., performed by Abra Moore
  • Having a Party – written by Malissa Hunter and Billy J Stein, performed by Malissa Hunter
  • Funny Kind of Love – written by Christopher Alan Livingston and Frank D Piazza, performed by Audio Paint
  • Your Love Beside Me – written by Ray Greene et al., performed by Ray Greene
  • More Luck – written by Ray Greene et al., performed by Ray Greene
  • Cause a Rockslide – written by Damon Gough, performed by Badly Drawn Boy
  • Tokyo Boys – written by Mladen Borosak and Tammy Plynn, performed by Running Red Lights
  • Concert Source – written and performed by Drew Perrante
  • Speeding Cars – written and performed by Imogen Heap
  • She Painted Pictures written by Liam Pickering, performed by Liam Frost
  • Slipping Under(Sing Along to Your Favorite Song) written and performed by William Tell
  • Cold Hearts written by Johan Andergard, performed by Club 8
  • No Fear – written and performed by Melissa Tallon

Year 2007
ReleaseDate 2007-10-19
RuntimeMins 97
RuntimeStr 1h 37min
Plot A Manhattanite book editor finds her take on the game of romance changed after she lures the attention of an influential older man.
Directors Marc Klein
Writers Marc Klein, Melissa Bank
Stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alec Baldwin, Maggie Grace
Produced by Deborah Del Prete, Don Kurt, Linda McDonough, Gigi Pritzker, Robert B. Sturm, Darryl Taja, Pranay K. Verma, Suzanne Warren
Music by Heitor Pereira
Cinematography by Steven Fierberg
Film Editing by Joan Sobel
Casting By Amanda Harding, Amanda Koblin
Production Design by Richard Hoover
Art Direction by Peter Baran
Set Decoration by Regina Graves
Costume Design by Patricia Field
Makeup Department Caryn Bardunias, Richard F. Esposito, Kathy Lineberger, Silvie Salle
Production Management Michael Toji, Bart Wenrich
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Betsy Friedman
Art Department Almitra Corey, Joseph DeStefano, Chris DeTitta, Joe Landolfi, Eugene Melvin, Kevin L. Raper, Stephen Siersema, Edward P Tadiello, Sylvia Trapanese, Peter Regnier
Sound Department Robert Althoff, Steve Bartkowicz, Kerry Carmean-Williams, Marc Fishman, Tony Lamberti, Ryan Maguire, Jeff Malham, Steve Nelson, John C. Stuver
Visual Effects by Michael Caplan, Mary Dowd, Eric Heavens, Miles Reetz, Dan Schmit
Camera and Electrical Department Anne Carson, Anthony Ciurea, Marcel Ciurea, Kenneth Dodd, Jeffrey Dutemple, Michael Grantland, Gary Jackiewicz, Alec Jarnagin, Tom Kerwick, William V. Kerwick, Jarrod Kloiber, Eric Liebowitz, Toby Miller, Richard A. Mitchell, John Romer, Sam Rosedietcher, Michele SchianodiCola, Brooke Stanford, Thomas Stanzoni, Daniel Wiener, David Woolner, Rashad Clinton, Derek J. Manganelli, Douglas Pellegrino, J. Dan Wright
Casting Department Matthew C. Carr, Bonnie Grisan, Barbara McNamara, John Girod
Costume and Wardrobe Department Jill Graves Power, Kevin Mark Harris, Mei Lai Hippisley Coxe, Alethea McElroy, Jaclyn Solomon
Editorial Department Daniel Boccoli, Sam Daley, Joe Fineman, Robert Vertrees
Location Management Matthew Bernstein, Frank Cattano, Chris George, Trish Gray, John Henry
Music Department Daniel Hubbert, Avital Korin, Heitor Pereira, Michael Raco-Rands
Script and Continuity Department Jennifer Opresnick
Transportation Department David Conelli, Peter Tavis, Gabe Turiello
Additional Crew Ramona Adair, Steve Bocsi, Jared Cauliffe, Angela Cutrone, Bellamy Forrest, Lowell Freedman, Michael J. Harker, Laura Ivey, Margaret Jacobs, Ali Jazayeri, Natali Jones, Harry Lapham, Sarah E. Leonard, Ronald J. Levin, Robert A. Levine, Robert Lopez, Kristyn Macready, Faya Madrid, Jasmine Mohamed, Brian O Shea, Melanie Patterson, Nancy A. Pavia, Elizabeth Pellegrini, Chris Ranta, Nicholas E. Schepisi, Kariemah Shah, Heather Verbeke, Denise Violante
Genres Comedy, Drama, Romance
Companies Madison Wells, Catch 23 Entertainment
Countries USA
Languages English, French
ContentRating PG-13
ImDbRating 5.4
ImDbRatingVotes 7625
Keywords white panties,panties,man wears eyeglasses,drunken woman,editor