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Childstar (2004)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 11 June 2005 (USA)
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Taylor Brandon Burns, a conflicted twelve-year-old TV star from the U.S., runs away from the set - and his problems - while shooting a big-budget film in Canada. His reluctant limo-driver, ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rick Shiller - the driver
Victoria Fodor ...
Enthusiastic Agent
P.R. Agent
Taylor Brandon Burns
Pamela Redfern ...
Stewardess (as Pam Redfern)
Danielle Miller ...
Reed Harrison
Chip Metzger
Sydney Mehta
Jeanie Calleja ...
Jane - 3rd A.D.
Philip Templeman


Taylor Brandon Burns, a conflicted twelve-year-old TV star from the U.S., runs away from the set - and his problems - while shooting a big-budget film in Canada. His reluctant limo-driver, Rick Schiller, a down-on-his-luck indie filmmaker, is enlisted to find Taylor before the childstar destroys himself. Written by Anonymous

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When you're only famous for fifteen minutes, every second counts.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

11 June 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'enfant prodige  »

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CAD 5,000,000 (estimated)

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| (Ontario)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Filmed in 19 days. See more »


When Fresno and his band are rehearsing, we hear a vibraphone in the background. Assuming the keyboard player is using a synthesizer, playing that sound (which is unlikely since the keyboard looks more like a Fender Rhodes electric piano, which produces quite a different sound), his hand and finger movements don't match the vibraphone notes that we hear. See more »


[Natalie and Taylor have snuck onto the White House set to have sex]
Taylor Brandon Burns: So where do you want to do it? The Oval Office, The Greenroom, the Lincoln Bedroom ?
Natalie: It's your fantasy; I'm Canadian.
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Crazy Credits

The audio from the film (called "The First Son") that they are making within this movie plays over the end credits. See more »


Spoofs Diff'rent Strokes (1978) See more »


Black Horse
Performed by The Clayton / Scott Group
From the record "August" (2001)
Written by Jim Clayton
Published by Clayton/Scott Music (SOCAN)
Courtesy of The Clayton/Scott Group
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Hmm. Not sure about this one...
15 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just watched this for the first time on my cable companies free On-Demand. I would say, interesting...complicated...disjointed...but demanding a 2nd view. Jennifer Jason Leigh is somewhat under-stated in this, and the boy is believable at times, totally not at other times. Questions come up at the end of almost every scene, so that's why I probably will view this again. But, can't help feeling I'm watching a "E-True Hollywood Story" about "Family Ties" or "Growing Pains" (what with Alan Thicke in this) at times it feels like an entertainment documentary, with some added drama that I won't "spoil". The fact that this was filmed in Canada is kind of parody of itself in that they make fun of that fact, but yet are also filming in Canada. Ironic.

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