Ellie Parker (2005)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  14 July 2006 (UK)
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A hilarious comic portrait of a young woman's struggle for integrity, happiness and a Hollywood acting career.



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A comic portrait of a young woman's struggle with contemporary life in Los Angeles, as she juggles an acting career, friends and lovers.

Director: Scott Coffey
Stars: Naomi Watts, Rebecca Rigg, Scott Coffey


Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Syme ...
Greg Freitas ...
Rick Saul (as Gregory Frietas)
Gaye Pope ...
Blair Mastbaum ...
Jessica Vogl ...
Johanna Ray ...
Casting Director / Herself
Kim Fay ...
Todd Coffey ...
David Baer ...
Robbi Chong ...
Acting Student (as Robby Chong)


Slice of life look at a young woman trying to make it as an actress in Hollywood. Ellie Parker, from Australia, works hard: she's gifted with accents, hustles to auditions, changes clothes and makeup as she drives across L.A., goes to acting classes and therapy, maintains a friendship with another Aussie searching for the same roles, meets a cinematographer when he bangs into her car at a stop sign, and faces a failing relationship with her slacker thinks-he's-a-musician boyfriend. All this brings on an identity crisis - who am I, and should I keep trying to be an actress? Ellie's balancing act and her inquiry into self carry the story. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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What happens when you become the person you pretend to be?


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »




Release Date:

14 July 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Elli Parker - Schauspielerin  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Ellie (Naomi Watts) walks through the hallway to Dennis' office she passes the movie poster of Mulholland Drive (2001), which features both Naomi Watts and Scott Coffey. See more »


Ellie uses a folding step stool to climb into the garbage can, but when the car pulls up and she climbs out, it's gone. See more »


Ellie Parker: I remember when the future was a promise; now it's like a threat.
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Edited from Ellie Parker (2001) See more »


Heart of Glass
Composed by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein
Performed by Blondie
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15 April 2014 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

It is not often that I finish a movie with a strong feeling like this one.

In this society, so full of images, that we aspire to, a movie like this is sanity.

I wish it was more viewable : I am no big fan of shaking camera, I realize.

But other than that, Naomi Watts nails it, really. She nails to show us the sordide journey of another-girl-who-wanna-be-famous. And that's thanks to a very realistic scenario. I loooooooooooooove any movie who rips the illusion of acting especially in the multimillions industry.

However, what is paradoxical is that Naomi Watts is NOT another-girl-who-wanna-be-famous. She's one who succeeded at it! I wonder what was her motives to play the life of the real LA wannabees, who really cry in despair alone in their little apartment waiting for someone to call them to finally do their job! I invite those who loved this movie to see Somewhere by Coppola.

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