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Superstar (1999)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  8 October 1999 (USA)
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A nerdy Catholic schoolgirl, Mary Katherine Gallagher, dreams of superstardom.



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Orphan Mary Katherine Gallagher, an ugly duckling at St. Monica High School, has a dream: to be kissed soulfully. She decides she can realize this dream if she becomes a superstar, so her prayers, her fantasies, and her conversations with her only friend focus on achieving super-stardom. Her big chance is a school talent contest; her main competition is Evian, the school beauty, who is dancing with Sky, the object of Mary Katherine's kiss dream. Mary Katherine gets some talent-show help from her fellow special education students, her grandma, and Jesus, and inspiration from secrets in her past. Watching are Sky, Evian, and a silent classmate. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Dare to dream.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex-related humor and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 October 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Superestrella  »

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Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,912,743 (USA) (8 October 1999)


$30,628,981 (USA) (4 February 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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Actors Will Ferrell, Molly Shannon, and Mark McKinney all appeared together in another film, A Night at the Roxbury (1998). In that movie Ferrell was also Shannon's romantic interest. McKinney also plays a church figure in both films. See more »


In the beginning sequence, young Mary takes off her sandals. The next time they show her she has them on again, and then when they show her jumping into the water they're off again. See more »


Grandma Gallagher: Just when it looked like your parents would be triumphant again, the unthinkable happened! Fat Teddy McGinty's belly struck the record player, accidentally turning up the speed. And the stepdancers began stepping quicker and quicker, trying to keep up. And that's when your mother fell, and she took your dad down with her. And before the dancers could stop themselves, they stomped your parents to death!
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References Bullitt (1968) See more »


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A true classic comedy!
14 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie! It was probably one of the funniest movies I had ever seen! When I had watched Molly Shannon preform her "Superstar" on SNL, I loved it. It was hilarious and something new and enjoyable. This movie makes me feel better for some reason. When I'm depressed or something, I watch this movie and laugh forever and instantly feel better! My favorite part of the movie was Mary(her name in the movie) saying Superstar! I loved it. It made me feel happy and made me laugh. Also, this movie does have some meaning to it. It shows you that anything is possible. And I mean ANYTHING. If Mary Katherine Gallagher can do it, you most certainly can. I really think you should at least rent it but I really think you should buy it because of how many times you will want to watch it. It's hilarious and you will find yourself watching it over and over again. "...you didn't know you were competing against a...SUPERSTAR!!!"

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