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Mister Lonely (2007)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 14 March 2008 (UK)
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In Paris, a young American who works as a Michael Jackson lookalike meets Marilyn Monroe, who invites him to her commune in Scotland, where she lives with Charlie Chaplin and her daughter, Shirley Temple.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Father Umbrillo
Jason Pennycooke ...
Sammy Davis, Jr.
The Queen
Little Red Riding Hood
James Dean
Melita Morgan ...
Moe Stooge
Nigel Cooper ...
Curly Stooge
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Larry Stooge


In Paris, a young American who works as a Michael Jackson lookalike meets Marilyn Monroe, who invites him to her commune in Scotland, where she lives with Charlie Chaplin and her daughter, Shirley Temple.

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14 March 2008 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Imitátorok  »

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Box Office


$9,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,769, 4 May 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$165,831, 3 August 2008
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2.35 : 1
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Melita Morgan who plays Madonna designed her own costume for the film. See more »


The shape of the nuns' parachutes are visible as they are falling from the plane. See more »


Marilyn Monroe: [to Charlie Chaplin] Sometimes when I look at you, you seem more like Adolf Hitler than Charlie Chaplin.
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Performed by Aphex Twin
Courtesy of Warp Records
(p) 2001 Warp Records Limited
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film and TV Licensing
Written by Aphex Twin (as Richard James)
Published by Chrysalis Music
© 2001 Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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Bright Moments in a Patchy Film
29 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

MISTER LONELY is that sort of film that pleads to be loved. It has an original concept for a plot, it takes many visual and surreal chances, and it is populated with a lovable cast who seem to be having fun with the process. Harmony Korine both wrote (with Avi Korine) and directed this pastiche about people who, frustrated with reality, live their lives as impersonators of famous people. When it works it is delightful: when it gets bogged down with a self-conscious script it falls flat.

'Mister Lonely' (beautifully depicted in the opening sequences under the credits as a child who cannot be what he is told to be) is a young man who takes on the persona of Michael Jackson (Diego Luna), performing dance movements on the streets of Paris as a busker. He encounters a like person who lives impersonating Marilyn Monroe (Samantha Morton) and before long the two are off to a Highlands commune in Scotland, populated with full time impersonators such as a foul-mouthed Abraham Lincoln (Richard Strange), Charlie Chaplin (Denis Lavant), The Pope (James Fox), Father Umbrillo (Werner Herzog), Sammy Davis, Jr. (Jason Pennycooke), the current Queen Elizabeth (Anita Palenberg), Little Red Riding Hood (Rachel Korine), James Dean (Joseph Morgan), Madonna (Melita Morgan), and flying nuns among others. The story is less a plot than a celebration touched with a bit a angst of how the unnoticed people in the world find a source of belonging by embracing imagination.

The film is choppy and loses some of its potential allure from the editing. The cinematography by Marcel Zyskind captures some truly beautiful moments and the musical score by Jason Spaceman with the Sun City Girls adds a lyrical air to this surreal romp. For lovers of Harmony Korine this movie will please. For viewers with limited attention spans (running time is 112 minutes) the film begs indulgence. Grady Harp

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