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easy to overlook.
Diana and Adrian are both lost
souls looking for connection. You
know right away that these two
characters are perfect for each other
but of course you have to wait and
let them find that out for them-
selves. It is only when Diana and
Adrian let down their guard and
open up that the two realize that no
matter how tough you may be,
everyone needs someone to love
Power is a central theme in this

movie but just because its star is a
girl, don't dismiss "Girlfight" as
some chick flick screaming "girl
power" because it is not.
It is a story about finding your-
self by following your heart and
although that might sound a bit
trite, it's so true. "Girlfight" has
something in it for everyone. The
reality and sincerity of its charac-
ters allows us to be drawn into their
It lets us have our moment in the
ring and taste a little bit of the
glory, which is something everyone,
no matter who you are, needs once
in awhile.

'Gilmore Girlsb
bring tired old

themes to


Courtey ofSer
Michelle Rodriguez and Jaime Tirelli star in the boxing/romance film "Girlfight."

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By Jacquelene Smith
For the Daily
The WB's new show "Gilmore
Girls" is a series about the mother-
daughter relationship of Lorelai
Gilmore (Lauren Graham, "Town-
ies") and her daughter Rory (new-
comer Alexis Bledel). Living in
Stars Hollow, Connecticut, they
lead a fairly usual kind of life.
Lorelai, a single mother, is the
manager of a local hotel called the
Independence Inn and Rory is the
typical straight-A student who hap-
pens to also look like a model for
Here's the twist: Lorelai was six-
teen when she had Rory, so they
look as though they were sisters.
(As if the fact
that they dress
alike, listen to
the same music
Gilmore and use the
Girls same YM
TheWB vocabulary
weren't enough
Thursdays at 9 p.m. to convince the
viewer already.)
The writers are
banking on this
fact, as wit-
nessed when in
the local coffee
shop an adoles-
cent guy hits on the both of them.
Undoubtedly, this will be a recur-
ring theme throughout the season.
While Lorelai seems happy in her
middle class existence, she has
hopes to one day own her own bed
and breakfast with her best friend
Sookie, gourmet chef and slapstick
comic extraordinaire. She also has
great expectations for her daughter.
Well, conveniently, she's in luck.
A random letter arrives one day
saying that Rory has been accepted
to Chilton Preparatory School,
which has a noted reputation for
being the steppingstone to Harvard.
You're thinking, "The daughter is
going to hate going to some uptight,
crisp-collared private school."
Nope. Rory is "way psyched."
Things are looking up until mom
receives the tuition bill from Chilton.
What to do? No time to take out a
loan because the school year starts in
a few days. Sell Sookie's car? Who'd
want that old thing? Guess that means
going to parents (played by Kelly
Bishop, the mom from "Dirty Danc-
ing," and Edward Herrmann from
"Richie Rich") for money.
Unfortunately, Lorelai's early
motherhood estranges her from her
conservative, bourgeois parents
whom she visits only on holidays.
Alas, Lorelai gets the money, but

ou"rtesy"of te
Meet girl number one, Lauren Graham;
who stars as Lorelai Gilmore.
has to agree to weekly dinners and
phone calls. What follows is what
you'd imagine: a boring dinner with
forced conversation and an argu-
ment between Lorelai and her moth-
er. After all, neither is meeting ef
other's expectations.
The bottom line is that this first
episode takes predictability to a new
level. There is little inner-psychology
to the characters. So in essence, each
one can be reduced to a sort of P.C.
While it is entertaining to watch
Sookie ham it up in the kitchen (no
pun intended), slapstick comedy is an
art form that few people can pull'
well. This interpretation of con
relief simply becomes ridiculous,
rather than being really funny.
Perhaps the only redeeming quality
of the show is the somewhat witty
banter between Lorelei and Michel,
the concierge of the inn. But even he
can be condinsed to the typical
embodiment of the French concierge:
sarcastic, egotistical and severely
lacking in people skills. n
This last characteristic, however,
is what makes him more interesting.
In the end, "Gilmore Girls" doesn't
bring anything new to the television:
screen. Stick with NBC's "Must See
TV" Thursdays.

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