It was just confirmed that the Weinstein Company dropped $3 million on Abe Sylvia’s Dirty Girl at The Toronto International Film Festival following it’s first screening. Apparently once is enough if you’re a Weinstein! The film stars the soon to well known Juno Temple alongside Jeremy Dozier, Milla Jovovich, William H. Macy, Mary Steenburgen, Dwight Yoakam and Tim McGraw.
Harvey Weinstein seemed quite happy about his buy, he stated:
“I am thrilled to be part of such a sexy, edgy comedy that puts a modern spin on a coming-of -age story… It’s great to be back in business with some old friends and join forces with new and exciting talent and filmmakers.”
Written and directed by Sylvia, “Dirty Girl is the story of Danielle (Juno Temple), the dirty girl of Norman High School. When her misbehavior gets her banished to a remedial class, she teams up with an innocent closet-case and together they head out on a road trip to discover each other and themselves through a funny and serendipitous friendship.”
The film was not as successful with some of the critics, Katey Rich from Cinemablend wrote:
“Now I know Harvey and Bob Weinstein have championed some bizarre and doomed films over the years, but I cannot fathom why they paid more than a few nickels for Dirty Girl, an incredibly uneven and mean-spirited excuse for a comedy that wears out its welcome long before it veers sharply toward sentimentality in the third act.”
The deal was negotiated by David Glasser, Peter Lawson, Laine Kline for The Weinstein Company, and Graham Taylor and Mark Ankner of WME Global on behalf of the filmmakers.
The film was produced by Rob Paris, Jana Edelbaum and Rachel Cohen, with Ed Hart, Joan Huang, Christine Vachon, Pamela Koffler, Robert Bevan, Samantha Horley and Cyril Mégret serving as Executive Producers.
Do you think this was a smart buy?