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Everybody's Famous! (2000)
"Iedereen beroemd!" (original title)

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Jean is a family man and factory worker who dreams of becoming a songwriter. Pinning his hopes on his teenage daughter, Marva, he takes her to singing contests in which the awkward and ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jean Vereecken
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Marva Vereecken
Werner De Smedt ...
Willy Van Outreve
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Debbie
Victor Löw ...
Michael Jensen
Gert Portael ...
Chantal Vereecken
Ianka Fleerackers ...
Gaby
Alice Reys ...
Lizzy
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Knappe man
François Beukelaers ...
NTO directeur
Silvia Claes ...
Omroepster
Marc Didden ...
Cameraman
Sien Eggers ...
Debbies buurvrouw
Lut Hannes ...
Vriendin van Marva's moeder
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Rik De Visser
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Jean is a family man and factory worker who dreams of becoming a songwriter. Pinning his hopes on his teenage daughter, Marva, he takes her to singing contests in which the awkward and overweight girl struggles to belt out a tune. When Jean is suddenly fired because of cut backs, he is ashamed and even more desperate to have his daughter succeed. In a chance meeting Jean kidnaps the most famous pop star in the country and holds her hostage demanding to be heard by the music industry. Catching the attention of the media and the eyes of the nation, Jean and Marva realize that the show must go on until everyone is famous. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Taglines:

How far are you willing to go to become a star? [translation of Dutch tagline]

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

12 April 2000 (Belgium)  »

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Everybody's Famous!  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$17,104 (USA) (6 July 2001)

Gross:

$74,628 (USA) (20 July 2001)
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Jean Vereecken: [yelling at Willy] I thought I could count on you, goddamn it! Why did you get that stupid dog?
Willy Van Outreve: Els was...
Jean Vereecken: Who's Els?
Willy Van Outreve: Debbie. Els is her real name.
Jean Vereecken: I told you not to untie her or take off the blindfold! And no talking!
Willy Van Outreve: She was hysterical! I had to do something.
Jean Vereecken: I'll show you what you've done.
[he turns on the TV]
Jean Vereecken: It's been on since seven a.m. Radio, TV! On every channel! Talking about that stupid dog!
Nieuwslezeres: [Debbie's neighbor, on TV] I'll never forget it. He was a real gangster. A voyeur. Nobody's safe ...
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An amusing romp
29 May 2001 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

I saw this at the Seattle International Film Festival with subtitles. Anyone that has seen "The Full Monty" will recognize themes here.

1. Industry screws over the worker. 2. Worker hatches wacky scheme to redeem himself and save his family and hopefully make lots of money. 3. Worker recruits hapless former co-worker to help with the wacky scheme.

The new twist is that the father is obsessed with his daughter becoming a singing star. To this end, he kidnaps Belgium's top pop star and as ransom demands that his new song be performed on National TV, preferably with his daughter singing it.

It's a fluffy piece but thoroughly enjoyable. Just like "The Full Monty" you're cheering for everyone in the end.


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