Milk Money (film)

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Milk Money
Milk Money Poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Richard Benjamin
Produced by Kathleen Kennedy
Frank Marshall
Written by John Mattson
Starring Melanie Griffith
Ed Harris
Malcolm McDowell
Adam LaVorgna
Michael Patrick Carter
Brian Christopher
Music by Michael Convertino
Cinematography David Watkin
Production
  company
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) August 31, 1994
Running time 110 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million
Box office $18,137,661 (USA)

Milk Money is a 1994 American romantic comedy film directed by Richard Benjamin and starring Melanie Griffith and Ed Harris. It is about three suburban 11-year-old boys who find themselves behind in "the battle of the sexes," believing they would regain the upper hand if they could just see a real, live naked lady.

The film was shot in various locations in Pennsylvania, as well as in the Ohio cities of Cincinnati and Lebanon. The story is set in a fictitious suburb named "Middletown", outside an unnamed city (Pittsburgh). The screenplay was sold to Paramount Pictures by John Mattson in 1992 for $1.1 million, then a record for a romantic comedy spec script.[1]

Plot[edit]

Three boys — Brad, Frank and Kevin — go from their bedroom suburb of Middletown to the city, bringing money with hopes of seeing a naked woman. They find a bemused hooker named "V" willing to show her breasts for that amount. However, when the boys go to head home, their bikes have been stolen. They're broke and stuck in the city.

V speaks with her friend Cash and another hooker, Betty. Bag-man Cash has been skimming money that he sends to mob boss Waltzer, who in turn steals from his own boss, Jerry. V notices the boys outside in the rain and offers them a ride home.

After they arrive at Frank's house, the car breaks down. With no other option, V accepts Frank's offer to stay in his tree house. Tom, Frank's father, is surprised to find her there but offers to repair the car in a few days when he is free from his science classes at school. Frank tells his dad that V is a math tutor and that she's giving lessons to his friend Brad. Tom doesn't realize she is staying in the tree house.

Frank begins to romanticize her, hoping to get widowed Tom to become attracted. The boy tells her Tom has no problem with her "job," meaning the tutoring ruse, but V thinks he means her prostitution.

V learns from television that Cash has been murdered by Waltzer. She phones Betty only to discover that Waltzer is looking for her - Cash told him that V stole the money. V realizes that he is overhearing the conversation and hangs up.

With the car still broken down, she gets Tom's old bike from the garage and rushes to find him. He is on a field trip to the town's wetlands, undeveloped natural land that he is attempting to save from development. Tom is unable to repair the car any sooner but V realizes that she is probably safer in Middletown, since Waltzer doesn't know where she is.

At school, Frank flunks a biology test about sex education and must give the class an oral presentation. He decides to use V as a mannequin and through a ruse distracts his teacher long enough to draw a relatively accurate female reproductive system on her skin-colored suit. This leads to much comic gossip among the adults. Soon Tom finds out the truth about V's vocation. He is angry, confused, and hurt and turns to a box of memorabilia that was his wife's before she died.

V explains herself to Tom, and their relationship grows. She reveals that her real name is Eve. She thought the name Eve was too biblical so she removed the “e”s. Kevin's father learns the truth about her as well, and in an attempt to purchase her services, unwittingly calls her home phone number. Waltzer learns from Betty about the trip to Middletown, thus finding out where V is hiding.

Tom and V begin a relationship, attending a school dance, then enjoying a night on the town. Waltzer shows up to spoil their fun. A chase ensues, with him finally being eliminated. Anxious about her status and afraid to return to her old job, V goes to Waltzer's boss and relates how he has been cheating him. She asks to be 'forgotten' by them. The older crime boss succumbs to her charms and tells her he'll take care of things, that she doesn't need to be afraid any more.

V finds the stolen money in Cash's car and uses it to preserve the wetlands. To thank her, Tom names it after V and they carry on with their new relationship.

Cast[edit]

Future Major League Baseball star Kevin Youkilis appears as a 14-year-old extra, and even has a line in the film.[2]

Reception[edit]

The film received mostly negative reviews. Siskel & Ebert gave Milk Money a "thumbs down" and speculated mockingly that it may have been made by Hollywood executives with an affinity for hookers and their desire to make films about them, for lack of knowing women in any other profession.[3] In print, Roger Ebert opted not for a conventional negative review, but to portray it as the result of a fictional conversation between two studio executives.[4]

The film currently holds a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 35 reviews. It received a Razzie Award nomination for Worst Screenplay, but lost that category to The Flintstones.

Release[edit]

It was released on DVD on September 9, 2003. The film was presented in anamorphic widescreen in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio.

  • Audio:
    • ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
    • ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/search/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=657546.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  2. ^ McDonald, Joe (2009-01-17). "Youkilis’ deal epitomizes Red Sox’ philosophy of nurturing homegrown talent". Providence Journal. Retrieved 6/2/09. 
  3. ^ Siskel & Ebert's 1994 Milk Money Review
  4. ^ Blog, Chaz's. "Roger Ebert Milk Money review". Rogerebert.suntimes.com. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 

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