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If you can't stomach the thought of sitting through "Snakes on a Plane" this weekend, you might want to consider a movie featuring rich girls on a bus.

"Material Girls," starring Hilary and Haylie Duff, opens this weekend and it's worth a look, despite its troubled production history and bad reviews. The sisters Duff play the Marchetta sisters, Los Angeles cosmetics heiresses, who lose their riches and learn to live like the rest of us as they struggle to regain their company and rehabilitate their late father's reputation. So long as you keep your expectations low, the film delivers as a silly romp like "Uptown Girls," or "Maid to Order," perfect for wasting an hour or two out of the heat on a summer day.

Martha Coolidge directs the film as a bookend to her earlier film, "Valley Girl." Once again we follow a SoCal girl's journey outside her comfortable bubble. On this trip, Coolidge surrounds her protagonists with veteran actors like Angelica Huston, Faith Prince, Brent Spiner (who gets a fun bit of business mocking his "Star Trek: The Next Generation" origins), Lukas Haas and Obba Babatunde. The biggest surprise is Haylie Duff's strong performance--who knew the girl had comedic presence? The less said about her sister the better...

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