amy merrickliving in

living in: metropolitan

by amym

Would it be sacrilege against all of the classics to call Metropolitan my favorite holiday movie? The holidays function as nothing more than a glittery backdrop in this film, so maybe we can call it my favorite non-holiday holiday movie. Metropolitan is a 1990s Gossip Girl for the intellectual crowd. It follows a group of privileged upper-East Siders as they navigate debutant balls, existential philosophy of the bourgeoisie and a mean game of strip poker.

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While uptown snobbery is best kept to a minimum during daylight hours, a little dash of blue-blood chic never hurt a holiday soiree. Metropolitan is like The Preppy Handbook come to life at Christmas — hilarious, witty and at times, painfully privileged. Jane Austen-reading girls in poofy dresses with pearls, and boys in sharp tuxes waltz into the wee hours of the Manhattan night, and gosh, just once I’d like to raise a glass in such company. — Amy M.

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