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Ellie Parker (2005)

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

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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?

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Rated R for language, some sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »
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While this movie and the original short version (Ellie Parker (2001)) feature Jennifer Syme, Scott Coffey's and Naomi Watts' other movie Mulholland Dr. (2001) is dedicated to her. See more »

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One shot at the zoo is played in reverse, made evident by the water running upwards before the camera pans to Ellie. See more »

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[after sex]
Chris: I was thinking of Johnny Depp.
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References The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996) See more »

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Heart of Glass
Composed by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein
Performed by Blondie
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one of the most classic 'LA' scenes ever
26 May 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

As someone that spent 18 years in the city of Angels, I have met many Ellie Parkers. I adored this little gem, albeit low budget movie, with some of best acting one could feast their eyes on. The scene with Ellie in the car in a complete hyped up, Star Bucks frenzy, smeared with lipstick, banging her head to Blondie and madly shouting out " I wanna suck Vinnie's ####'!!!" in her New Jersey accent, had me rolling on the floor.

For those that know nothing of the dashed dreams of Many desperate Hollywood starlets, and the pure sleaze these women encounter as they try to fulfill their dreams, forget it, you just won't 'get it'. LA is a town, of big talking wannabes and 'Ellie Parker' really led you into that world with it's fake facade and empty promises. Naomi Watts just shines as Ellie Parker. She totally engulfs the screen with her magical expressions of pain, joy, angst, fear, confusion and loneliness.

I felt very empty after the final scene, just as Ellie did. The City of Angels changes you, makes you selfish, egotistical, and almost insane. Ellie knew her pursuit of acting had caused her to become a shell of a person, and as a viewer I really felt her pain.

So it was shot with a cheap camera, big deal. The messages where there, contrary to what many other reviewers said, you just had to be sensitive enough to pick them up.

This film really transported me back to LA, and made me shudder, thanks 'Eliie parker' for reminding me why I left!


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