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Grown Up Movie Star (2009)

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The story of Ruby, 13, determined to grow up fast after her mother runs away to become a movie star, leaving Ruby with her hopelessly rural father.

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Grown Up Movie Star tells the story of disgraced NHL star Ray and his precocious daughters Ruby and Rose. Once the town hero, Ray has returned home to Newfoundland from the US following a drug conviction, only to have his wife Lillian leave him for another man and aspirations of stardom. With Lillian gone, Ray flails from woman to woman trying to find a replacement for her, while struggling against a growing awareness of his homosexuality. At loose ends for lack of guidance, Ruby is becoming increasingly curious about her own sexuality and, in a desperate plea for attention, putting herself in increasingly risky situations. Ruby begins spending more and more time with Ray's best friend Stuart, confined to a wheelchair following an accident involving Ray. When Stuart finds himself attracted to Ruby, dangerously motivated by fear and anger, he leads the three of them towards a heartbreaking conclusion. Written by Anonymous

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Tatiana Maslany great
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Ruby (Tatiana Maslany) lives with her younger sister Rose and her ex-NHL player father Ray (Shawn Doyle) who lost everything after a drug conviction in the States after one game. Her mother Lillian takes off to seek fame in L.A. The girls are obsessed with going to Disneyland. Ray's best friend Stuart is a paraplegic from a hunting accident with Ray. She falls for fellow student Will. After finding her father having sex with gym teacher James, she becomes more and more adventurous sexually.

Tatiana Maslany is great and Shawn Doyle is pretty good although she's a little old for the part. The subject matter makes it hard for a young actress to play the part. This is a great showcase for Tatiana and she has some great scenes. The story takes a couple turns designed to shock more than anything naturally flowing. The movie is filled with odd unlikeable characters. I'm not sure what the tone is suppose to be. It's quirky and fun sometimes. Then it's odd and dark. The movie meanders and is a little uneven.


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