Suburban Girl

Synopsis: Brett, a young woman from the suburbs, is an associate editor at a small New York publishing house, hoping to be promoted when, on the same day, she meets a literary lion, Archie Knox, who's 50 and who shows an interest in her, and gets a new boss, a dolly-dolly Brit. Brett is soon dating Archie, then moves in with him. He's charming, attentive, and gives advice. He also has a history - ex-wives, a distant daughter, a couple of diseases, and a photo album of former girlfriends. It's no fairy tale: family issues (and more) intervene, and Brett has decisions to make. Meanwhile, she's working with a writer who fears peanut butter sticking to the roof of his mouth. Is Archie dinner, an hors d'oeuvre, or a peanut-butter sandwich?
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Marc Klein
Production: Image Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min

Hobby of yours?

Let me guess, you're the author?

No. I just... I felt compelled, really.

I mean, you have to admit it's a little unfair.

You know, you have

all the copies of that one book

and not a single copy

of the critically-acclaimed,

New York Times noteworthy

Silent Day, edited by yours truly.

So you're an editor at Gitlin & Stern?

Associate, actually. But yes.

Hopefully, if this book hits,

I will be promoted to full editor.

Then I'll get invited to

fabulous, upscale cocktail parties.

And guess who's gonna be my plus one?


You should take this up with Archie Knox,

the editor-in-chief of Stratharen Publishing.

- I know who Archie Knox is.

- Well, if you did,

you know Mr. Knox personally inspects

every single window display in Manhattan.

And if he sees your insignificant book

occupying his author's significant space,

I guarantee you'll spend

the rest of your pitiful career

editing Teletubby books.


Put those books back!



Why not use a pen?

Maybe then you wouldn't change

your mind so much.

You know what? Hell with it. Taxi!

Chloe! I'm here!

- You are totally late.

- I know.

- I'm sorry, I was totally stuck in traffic.

- Uh-huh.

Do you have any idea what standing in front

of a library could do to my reputation?

You used to love libraries.

Remember in school?

I think you had sex in one.

Why are we here?

Because I'll never make full editor

until we start mixing with the oligarchs.


And he is one of them.

- That's Archie Knox.

- He's cute.

He's a legend in my business.

My Aunt Hilda used to hang out with him

in the '70s.

She said that he was so charming,

dogs used to follow him around.

Makes sense. Dogs follow dogs.

MAN ON MICROPHONE: Okay, everybody.

Tonight's my great pleasure to introduce

Mr. Archie Knox.

Mr. Knox has been

Mickey Lamm's editor for 25 years.

Without further ado,

I'm going to let him introduce his author.

Everybody, Mr. Archie Knox.

Make sure that you read this with food.

- Not on an empty stomach, okay?

- Thank you.

Is there anyone special I can make it out to?

Oh, that's okay, you don't have to sign it.

I'm not gonna read it anyway.


Well, I think that qualifies you

as the brightest person here.

Here you go.

- How about you?

- You could...

Stop flirting, Mickey.

She's much too pretty for you.

There he goes again.

He's stealing my groupies.

You can make it out to Brett.

Let me guess.

Your novelist father named you after

Brett Ashley in The Sun Also Rises.

My father's a doctor.

But yes, I was named after that character.

My brother's named Ethan.

After Ethan Frome.

Well, as I always say, better to be named

after a sensuous 1920s flapper than...

A tragic, desperate man with an ugly scar

across his forehead.


Now, Brett, what are you doing here

among the literati?

I work at Gitlin & Stern.

Really? You know, I knew Jake Gitlin

and Bob Stern years ago

before they killed each other in a duel.

- That's just industry lore.

- Not at all.

If memory serves, they were both on horses

and charged right at each other.

Used copies of Les Misrables as weapons

to bludgeon one another to death.

- I heard it was Brothers Karamazov.

- Impossible.

Gitlin and Stern were both Francophiles.

They would never use a Russian novel

as a murder weapon, it's too literal.

- Are you...

- Starving.

I will have the crpes suzette. Thank you.

She's too young to be having dessert first,

so would you bring her the nioise salad

and I'll have the steak frites.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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