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Metropolitan (1990)

Director(s): Whit Stillman

Theatrical Release: 1990

Cast: Carolyn Farina, Edward Clements, Christopher Eigeman, Taylor Nichols, Allison Rutledge-Parisi, Dylan Hundley

Genre(s): Comedy, coming-of-age, Drama, Criterion Collection, Dean's List

Countries: USA

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Running Time: 99m.

The debut film from writer-director Whit Stillman etches a sophisticated comic portrait of New York debutante society at the twilight of the 1980s. Set during the Christmas season, the film is told from the vantage point of Tom Townsend (Edward Clements), a self-professed proletarian radical who stumbles into the social sphere of a group of well-off Upper East Side twentysomethings calling themselves the SFRP (or Sally Fowler Rat Pack, named in honor of a frequent party hostess). The group includes Nick (Christopher Eigeman), an acidic misanthrope; sweet-natured Jane Austen acolyte Audrey (Carolyn Farina); Charlie (Taylor Nichols), a tongue-tied bumbler secretly in love with Audrey; and femme fatale Cynthia (Isabel Gillies). Quickly, Tom, who comes from much more humble beginnings, finds himself caught in the middle of the group. Audrey even develops a crush on him, but Tom is still reeling from a broken relationship with renowned man-eater Serena (Elizabeth Thompson), a peripheral member of the SFRP. It all leads to a romantic climax at the Southampton vacation home of Nick's womanizing arch-enemy Rick von Sloneker (Will Kempe). -- Jason Ankeny (


Criterion Collection DVD #326 Special Features:

+ New, restored high-definition digital transfer

+ Audio commentary by director Whit Stillman, editor Christopher Tellefsen, and actors Chris Eigeman and Taylor Nichols

+ Rare outtakes and deleted scenes

+ Optional English subtitles for the deaf and heard of hearing

+ A new essay by author and film scholar Luc Sante

Member Reviews

interestingly boring by C20004656 - December 29, 2008
Or boringly interesting. I can't decide. Like a bizarro-world Tarantino film, "Metropolitan" is generous with dialogue from well-spoken, decorous, self-important young men and women leading well-cushioned lives. They're pompous and dull without, curiously, being unlikable. Nothing much happens to them, and you know nothing much ever will, but they make the most of the muted outrages and heartaches their soft lives provide, and it's kind of enough. Awfully pretty to look at, and gently funny.