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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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Naomi Watts filmed her scenes in between takes while working on the film The Ring Two (2005). See more »

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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 »

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Ellie Parker: I don't hate myself enough to love you.
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References Battle Cry (1955) See more »

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Heart of Glass
Composed by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein
Performed by Blondie
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L.A. Blues
31 January 2005 | by (Park City, Utah) – See all my reviews

I've always suspected that some movies make Sundance mainly because a famous Hollywood personality is involved. If said star chooses to make a low-budget non-commercial film, it warrants a free pass to the big dance based on risk-taking and "independent spirit." So it is with Ellie Parker, a movie produced by and starring Naomi Watts (and directed by actor Scott Coffey) about the travails of a young actress searching for her identity in L.A.'s shallow and artificial cultural wasteland. It is clear that it was made for industry insiders, who saw in it a painful mirror to their world. The rest of us enjoyed a few funny moments in a movie that had no apparent beginning, middle or end, no discernible plot, plenty of conflict but no resolution. I'm sure there was a point in all that depressing futility. To make it worse, it was shot on a Sony HD cam, so the quality was maybe a tad better than my home movies.

Ellie Parker would be useful if one were trying to thin the herd of aspiring actresses. Maybe they should show it in high schools, kind of like Reefer Madness 50 years ago.

By the way, Chevy Chase has a small and rather cryptic role as an agent. (The audience wasn't sure if he was trying to be serious or comedic.) I love Chevy Chase, but unlike his old SNL partner Dan Akroyd, he should stick to comedies. He gives a really dreadful performance. But he was refreshingly funny at the Sundance Q&A.


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