Lipstick Jungle: Season One (2008)

Genre(s): Drama
Universal || NR - 300 minutes - $29.98 || May 27, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-06-02


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Candace Bushnell (novel)
Cast: Brooke Shields, Kim Raver, Lindsay Price, Paul Blackthorne, Andrew McCarthy


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Deleted Scenes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digtial 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

Taking partially from DVD back cover: Based on the bestselling novel by Candace Bushnell (“Sex and the City”), “Lipstick Jungle” is actually a half-decent series about three professional women dealing with the dramas in their everyday lives. Nico (Raver) is an editor-in-chief with an eye on becoming CEO, Wendy (Shields) is a movie executive juggling career and family, and Victory (Price) is the fashionista looking for success and Mr. Right. The three women, and best friends, deal with several issues throughout this first season comprised of only, due to the strike-shortened season, seven episodes.

Wendy is strained as she tries to put together the next blockbuster while also dealing with her family life which includes a husband frustrated of being in her shadow; Nico is a success driven woman in a boring marriage, so she enters into an affair with a younger man which complicates things; and Victory is a famous designer who finds failure in her career before getting back on her feet and meeting that “Mr. Right” (played by Andrew McCarthy).

This “Season One” set contains all seven episodes and contains storylines for each of the ladies. I must admit that when this DVD arrived at my doorstep, I let out a groan. I don’t have animosity towards shows like “Sex and the City”; if you like that kind of thing, great, but the advertising I’ve seen, the subject never was appealing. But I’d be remised if I didn’t say that “Lipstick Jungle” was actually an OK show. It’s not a show that I would watch week after week and even though the storylines seem more like upgraded Soap Opera material, the charms and beauty of the three ladies makes it tolerable.

What also works are the chemistry and onscreen friendship between Brooke Shields, Kim Raver and Lindsay Price. The three of them seem to work well together onscreen. Shields previous appearance on network TV in 1996’s “Suddenly Susan”, and she was also made (re) famous by her argument with Tom Cruise over antidepressants. Kim Raver co-starred on “Third Watch” (1999-2004), “24” from 2004-06, then short-lived “The Nine” (2006-07). Raver’s character is self-centered and a cliché of a woman in a boring marriage. Nothing against Raver, but the character hopefully will receive more development in the second season. Finally the adorable Price is kind of the third wheel of the group. While she receives a storyline about a relationship with a billionaire, she sometimes takes backseat to Shields and Raver.

“Lipstick Jungle” obviously isn’t aimed at the 28-45 male demo but I can admit that the show is appealing enough that is got me to watch one episode after another. I guess it helped that one of the characters provides storylines dealing with inside Hollywood... As I said, this is not a show I’ll tune in to when it returns for its second season this fall (despite the fact season one only averaged around 4 million per episode) on NBC, but I do think it’s good enough that I hope it finds some kind of audience.

Here is the episode breakdown:

1. “Pilot” – Three New Yorkers find respite in their friendship as they struggle to balance the demands of their high-powered careers and their personal lives.
2. “Nothing Sacred” – Wendy learns that her nemesis is planning to publish a damaging tell-all book. Nico’s relationship with Kirby affects her work, and Victory deals with her company’s downsizing as well as the new man in her life.
3. “Pink Poison” – Nothing goes as planned when Wendy takes her daughter to a “Women in Media” luncheon, Nico makes a seemingly benign comment to Kirby’s boss, and Victory introduces Joe to her friends.
4. “Bombay Highway” – Wendy makes a passion play when she debates gambling her career on a film shot in India, Nico reveals the details of her affair with Kirby, and Victory gets the opportunity to design for a star.
5. “Dressed to Kill” – All’s fair in fashion and war when Victory discovers some of her designs have been stolen by a rival, Nico and Kirby set some ground rules, and Wendy has a revelation about her husband.
6. “Take the High Road” – Surprises abound when Wendy and Nico make a trip to Scotland to meet J.K. Rowling, and Victory finds out some surprising information about her generous investor.
7. “Carpe Threesome” – Three’s a crowd when Wendy convinces production to take a gamble on a difficult screenwriter, Nico discovers how much she misses her marriage, and Victory finds herself in a compromising position with another couple.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The only feature is some deleted scenes (12:40), the highlight being Lindsay Price... well, you’ll have to see it for yourself. They are presented in non-anamorphic widescreen.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The picture looks great and perfect. It is presented in anamorphic widescreen and has a rich texture at times.

The only audio option is a Dolby Digital 5.1 track which is perfectly suitable for a show like this. There's quite a bit of songs that make use of the track, but this is a dialogue driven show so even regular TV speakers will be fine.



.::OVERALL::.

“Lipstick Jungle” is actually an OK show and even though it’s only a step above soap opera, I can’t deny that I found the show more than tolerable. And even though the series received very low numbers on NBC, it is returning in the fall (and yet they cancelled my only guilty pleasure, “Las Vegas”...).