Videos: Delayed reunions, chance encounters
Career Girls (15), Film Four (available to rent 23 Feb)
Friday 20 February 1998
The young Annie recalls no-one so much as Harry Enfield's Kevin the Teenager (in her appearance, if not her crippling shyness). Leigh seems to rely a little too heavily on caricature, both here and with the gallery of old and new faces the girls meet over their reunion weekend. That isn't to say that these scenes aren't amusing or moving by turn - Cartlidge and Steadman's mannered performances as the young girls give way confidently to their compelling portrayals of the mature Hannah and Annie. But this reliance on coincidence and memory lays Leigh's emotional manipulations a little too bare. 5/5
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