Former college flatmates Annie (Lynda Steadman) and Hannah (Katrin Cartlidge) decide to meet up in London for the weekend. Naturally both girls have changed since their student days of some 10 years earlier. The curry loving, "Cure" obsessed, acne ridden and moody flatmates of yesteryear have been replaced by confident career girls of today. As they talk, go flat-hunting, get drunk and bump into numerous people from their past, the girls start to reminisce upon their earlier friendship.
Mike Leigh is a brilliant film maker. Whatever he does is always interesting. I recall his very early TV efforts 'Nuts in May' 'Abigail's Patrty' and have been hooked since then.... haven't caught 'Turner ' yet. My favourite, at present, is Sally Hawkins in 'Happy-go-Lucky'. I saw it on Cinema Paradiso DVD and when it was over I immediately watched it again with subtitles so that I could catch all the dialogue. 'Career Girls' is OK and has many of the Leigh hallmarks but just didn't quite engage with these characters. I admired Mark Benton's quirky, disturbing role and Andy Serkis' brief cameo as London b(w)anker. The girls were good but I could not get emotionally involved about their adolescence and angst-ridden formative years.