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November 8th, 2012 | By Alicia Silverstone

Vamps opened in Los Angeles last week, and it’s still playing at the AMC Burbank Town Center 8. LA kind lifers, please go see it before Friday if you haven’t already! The film’s opening was delayed in New York because of Hurricane Sandy, but this Friday, November 10, Vamps comes to the AMC Village 7. NYC kind lifers, please see it on Friday. Connect with other kind lifers and make a kind life movie meet up here. My cast mates from The Performers and I are going to take a special field trip sometime this weekend to the theater in New York. I hope to see some of you kind lifers there!
Vamps is such a fun time and a great night out. You don’t have to take my word for it, though. Check out what critics are saying:
“Heckerling always manages to get her finger firmly on the pulse of the contemporary moment, and while her club-hopping heroines may be undead, they serve as adorable metaphors for what the filmmaker sees as a zombified moment in cultural history.”
– Variety
“[Fans of Amy Heckerling] will have cause for celebration from Vamps, a satire with much of the wit of her 1995 Clueless. The new film is simultaneously a first-rate buddy comedy, a kind of Clueless reunion (Wallace Shawn plays Joey’s dad), and—courtesy of Goody’s cinephilia and a warm, self-reflexive performance from Silverstone—a not-at-all-subtle ode to movies’ power to immortalize.”
Time Out Chicago
Heckerling’s screenplay strikes an odd satiric tone that’s both sincere and sinister, as the filmmaker sinks her teeth into the myth of chic urban life and at the same time celebrates it. Compared to the market standard for vampires these days — you know the franchise I’m talking about — Heckerling’s sly treatment of the material is a welcome cut above.
Just about everything works in Heckerling’s film, a smart, open-hearted piece ofwork that manages to put its seemingly endless supply of clever conceits inservice of a rich and moving tale of friendship, love, and the crushing weight of too much history.
Slant Magazine
Overall, it’s pretty significant that I left the theater feeling that this movie—a vampire movie that follows most of the same vampire tropes as all vampire movies—explores something new. It’s also disappointing that I left with that feeling. Because when I thought about it later, I realized what felt so new to me was the depiction of a female friendship that seemed wonderfully authentic. Their dude problems were fairly secondary; their loyalty to each other trumped all other obstacles. Their friendship, in fact, resembled my real-life friendships with women: we don’t fight over men; we don’t sit around endlessly talking about men; we don’t get together and stuff our faces with entire cakes if a man doesn’t call. That’s why this close relationship between Goody and Stacy is so important to see on The Big Screen in 2012.

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