“It’s back again, bitches!” That’s Bill Coleman, music supervisor on Party Girl, happy to be reading Letterboxd reviews of the 1995 comedy on the occasion of its 4K restoration from Fun City Editions. He’s joined by the film’s director Daisy von Scherler Mayer—who co-wrote the script with Harry Birckvon and Sheila Gaffney—whom you may know from her television directing work: Yellowjackets, Mad Men, Halt and Catch Fire and Inventing Anna make up just a small selection of her impressive filmography.
“Do you see a re-release of The Brothers McMullen 28 years later?” von Scherler Mayer teasingly jokes in the same video, in reference to Edward Burns’ film, which came out in the same year. Both are mid-nineties, New York movies that deal with young adults having to grow up a bit, but it’s Party Girl that has lasted the distance.
“Why is it so timeless?” von Scherler Mayer muses. “I do think it has themes that I’m proud of, you know, feminist and inclusive, etc. But I do think it’s the music—thank you Bill—and the wardrobe that have a lot to do with the timelessness. And, of course, the performance by Parker Posey.” Coleman follows up, “And, of course, the quotable script. You’re being humble, Daisy. This script, everybody walks up to me, to this day—even before this 4K restoration—everyone would quote this film, all the time.”
“Yay, indie kids throughout the country!” von Scherler Mayer enthuses. “Throughout my career, I’ve had people come up to me on sets and be like, ‘I saw your film in my little town!’ That’s a familiar and awesome story.”