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Lisa Picard Is Famous (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 22 August 2001 (USA)
A documentarian decides to follow the career of New York actress Lisa Picard, believing she is on the brink of fame. Instead, he bears witness to Lisa's continued, humorous, struggles as an... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa Picard
Tate Kelly
Sandra Bullock
Carrie Fisher
Melissa Gilbert
Buck Henry
Spike Lee
Penelope Ann Miller
Charlie Sheen
Fisher Stevens
Mira Sorvino
Commercial Stud
Female TV Reporter


A documentarian decides to follow the career of New York actress Lisa Picard, believing she is on the brink of fame. Instead, he bears witness to Lisa's continued, humorous, struggles as an actress, as well as the conflict that arises when Lisa's best friend Tate hits it big with an off-Broadway one-man show. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for language and sexual content | See all certifications »




Release Date:

22 August 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Famous  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,517, 26 August 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$112,521, 21 October 2001
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Director/Actor Griffin Dunne filmed the celebrity interviews himself and added them into the narrative. See more »


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Deconstructing Documentary
9 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

Lisa Picard Is Famous is a film that never achieves greatness, but comes close to deconstructing that nebulous and intriguing world of fame. Numerous movies have been made on this subject, but Lisa Picard Is Famous is the first that follows an actress on the verge of stardom, and where the "impartial" documentarian (Griffin Dunne) makes sure she gets there. This breakdown of observer and subject is the central theme in this movie, reflecting the generalized tendency of the average person's inability to resist the temptations of fame and stardom. Watching this movie and the antics of Dunne and Picard, I wondered who wanted to be more famous, the director who wants respectability, or the actress who just wants work and money. This dynamic of observer and subject works well to inject laughs and insight to the phenomenon of fame, including some memorable encounters with the likes of Mira Sorvino, Sandra Bullock, and Spike Lee (Buck Henry appears to make wry observances, including this gem: the root word "fame" is derived from "famine"). One example is the hilarious scene where Picard, in all seriousness, compares her appearance with famous celebrities, and the director complements the absurdist moment by adding their faces on the screen, inviting the audience to made the ridiculous comparisons. Without giving away the ending, it was of great interest to see that no matter how much energy was expended on Picard's career by Dunne, chance plays an unexpectent and important role to derail Dunne's self-serving needs; proving that fame may be more of a random act, than a self-charted destiny.

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