The Ramen Girl (2008)

dir. Robert Allan Ackerman

Brittany Murphy was a uniquely talented actor, and she certainly tries her very best in The Ramen Girl. Sadly, she’s the only consistently good thing about it. The rest of the movie mostly revolves around how mystical and spiritual Japanese people are, so Brittany Murphy’s Abby is able to heal herself of her heartbreak and ennui. The entire atmosphere is summed up when Abby looks at a maneki-neko/lucky waving cat figurine, and it winks at her. It’s supposed to be an enticing moment of promising fantasy, but is instead perturbing and just a little bit racist. Like the rest of the film.

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