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Hollywood, je t'aime -- Heartbroken from a breakup, gay Parisian Jerome impulsively books a solo Christmas vacation to Los Angeles and pursues a dormant dream to become a movie star.
Hollywood, je t'aime -- A jilted gay Parisian tries his luck in Hollywood in this trailer for the comedic drama


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A gay Parisian shows up in Hollywood at Christmastime, ready for his close-up. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Eric Debets ... Jérôme Beaunez

Chad Allen ... Ross
Jonathan Blanc ... Gilles

Diarra Kilpatrick ... Kaleesha

Michael Airington ... Norma Desire
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Oscar Alvarez ... Himself

Whitney Anderson ... Trish
Cesar Arambula ... Trick from Spotlight Bar

Randall Bacon ... Steve Jaspers
Barbie-Q ... Kaleesha's Girlfriend

Jason Boegh ... Commercial Casting Assistant

Matthew J Cates ... Immigration Officer

Charles Chen ... Grip / Production Assistant

Amanda Chism ... Diner

Sarah Domin ... Amber Sparks

Kelly Ebsary ... Music Video Casting Director

Bruce Wayne Eckelman ... Traveler (as Bruce Eckelman)
Mike Endes ... Paparazzi
Audrey Fiorini ... Lise Delot
Gabe Fiscale ... Crew / Art Dept
Mell Flynn ... Commercial Casting Director
Doug Graves ... Man in Sauna
Hale ... Crazy Customer

Martin Harris ... Actor in Callback (as Martin William Harris)
Ker'in Hayden ... Sarah
Jeremiah Hein ... Transvestite Hooker
Charles Herman-Wurmfeld ... Thom
Rebecca Hirschfeld ... Auditioner

Richard Allan Jones ... Bingo Player

Maura M. Knowles ... Singer
Beth Leckbee ... Hotel Receptionist #1

Terence Leclere ... Bus Advocate

Omar Leyva ... Eugenio

Steven Littles ... Club Doorman

Lita Lopez ... Hotel Receptionist #2
Eder López ... Cafe Patron
Dave Mack ... Unsavory Man
Donovan McGrath ... Henri
Danny Moreno ... Homophobic Boy
Pamela J. Morgan ... Actress from Pizza Commercial

Weston Mueller ... Commercial Camera Op
Véronique Mérilhou ... Béatrice

Jake Olson ... Surfer Guy

Lizzie Peet ... Jen

Teri Pluma ... Homeless Woman

Ashley Popichak ... Cafe patron

William Popp ... Dale from New Jersey

Doug Purcell ... Bartender

Leah Rachel ... Tiffani Schein
Scott Romstadt ... Kenny the Waiter
Gisele Scherer ... Old Neighbor

Shannon Shepherd ... Hotel Receptionist #3

Akiko Shima ... Hostel Manager
Joe Smith ... Casting Cameraman

Mark Tomesek ... John from Spotlight Bar

William Vega ... SUV Driver
Danielle Zaragoza ... Secretary

Rayanna Zaragoza ... Auditioner

Victoria De Mare ... Heroin Addict (uncredited)

Directed by
Jason Bushman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jason Bushman  written by

Produced by
Benjamin Cassou .... line producer
Charles Herman-Wurmfeld .... producer
Angela Sostre .... line producer
Original Music by
Timo Chen 
Cinematography by
Alison Kelly 
Film Editing by
Phillip J. Bartell 
Casting by
Jeremy Gordon 
Production Design by
Michael Fitzgerald 
Art Direction by
Marina Abramyan 
Costume Design by
Kari Cassellius 
Makeup Department
J.J. Poff .... makeup artist
Charlotte Scovill .... makeup department head
Charlotte Scovill .... makeup designer
Bénédicte Trouvé .... makeup artist
Christopher Vanek .... makeup artist
Production Management
Joel Henry .... unit production manager
Jochen Kunstler .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Erin Bartnik .... second assistant director
Chris Debenedetto .... first assistant director
Art Department
Samson Kellman .... construction coordinator
Emily Manthei .... property master
Sam Widaman .... assistant art director
Sound Department
José Caldararo .... foley artist
J.M. Davey .... sound re-recording mixer
J.M. Davey .... supervising sound editor
Leandro de Loredo .... foley recordist
Ryan Gegenheimer .... dialogue editor
Esteban Golubicki .... foley recordist
Alexis Jung .... sound mixer
Jeaneane Leaver-Fay .... assistant sound effects recordist (as Jeaneane Davey)
Arran Murphy .... sound mixer
Rodrigo Ortiz-Parraga .... foley editor
Zach Seivers .... sound re-recording mixer
Zach Seivers .... supervising sound editor
Visual Effects by
Suny Behar .... colorist
Andy Lueddeke .... digital compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Jessica Brower .... digital imaging technician
Lance Hashida .... first assistant camera
David A. Hoffman .... grip
Tom Hunt .... key grip
Thibault Lery .... additional gaffer: Paris scenes
John C. Reyes .... first assistant camera
Bret Suding .... second assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Samantha Kuester .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Jochen Kunstler .... assistant editor
Music Department
Craig Bunch .... musician: drums
Chanda Dancy .... musician: violins
Daniel DeBlanke .... musician
Sarah Ellquist .... musician
Kunio Iwata .... musician: saxophones
Steve Pandis .... musican: bass
Steven Pranoto .... musician: flutes
Dan Wilcox .... music supervisor
Other crew
Greg Bernstein .... legal services
Justine Cathelin .... translator
Melissa Downing .... location manager
Andra Hayes .... script supervisor
Aron Kantor .... title designer
Mickey Cottrell .... publicist (uncredited)

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USA:95 min
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Supporting Cast Steals Show from Well-Built Lead, 5 August 2011
Author: John Nail (ascheland) from United States

"Hollywood je t'aime" is a lot like its star, Eric Debets: pleasant to look at, but not very engaging. Essentially a movie about a gay Frenchman, Jerome (Debets), wandering around L.A. for a few weeks, "Hollywood je t'aime" has the flimsy premise that's supported many a comedy. But flimsy premises usually support a larger, if not necessarily more complex, story. When Jerome meets up with an easy-going hair stylist-turned-pot dealer (Chad Allen), "Hollywood" seems poised to become a gentle romantic comedy. But when Allen reveals he's HIV-positive and Debets meets a trannie hooker Kaleesha (Diarra Kilpatrick) and her aging drag queen benefactor Norma Desire (Michael Airington), "Hollywood" makes an abrupt turn, becoming a story about friendship and self-acceptance. Along the way Jerome has his share of misadventures (an unpleasant stay in a hostel, a misunderstanding about tipping, a painful audition), but he's also pretty lucky, getting a place to stay AND an acting job within days of arriving in La La Land. Plus, he's got an adorable pot dealer eager to get in his jeans. Yet Jerome can't seem to quit the swishy ex he left behind in Paris, the one who won't return his texts.

As several reviewers have noted, Debets is, put charitably, a low-key performer. His Jerome meets life's hardships with the sigh and shrug of someone accustomed to getting the dirty end of the stick. When something good happens (the aforementioned Chad Allen, the place to stay, the acting gig) he manages a partial smile and his step becomes a tad springy, but otherwise he's fairly indifferent to these joyful moments. Debets makes his strongest impressions during his nude scenes, including a full-frontal flash. He's perfectly suited for nude modeling; as the lead actor in a light comedy, not so much. Luckily, the supporting cast can handle the heavy lifting required of them. Kilpatrick is a bubbly presence, her Kaleesha exhibiting far more optimism than one might expect from a person turning tricks in front of a taco stand, though the actress does let some of the pain show through the cracks. Airington, who sort of resembles Bette Midler if she hadn't have become a star and if she was, you know, a man, thoroughly inhabits the role of mother hen Norma, providing nuance for what could have been – and often is – the Bitter Drag Queen role. But most of the movie's energy comes from Allen, whose performance makes you wish "Hollywood" stayed on the romantic comedy path it started on. Allen makes it so easy to fall in love with him it's mind-boggling that Jerome doesn't. Perhaps this is why writer-director Jason Bushman includes a scene that has Allen rejecting the French tourist's gender-bending pals. By showing Allen's character to be a snobby a-hole, all of a sudden, we'll have an easier time swallowing Jerome's resistance to romance (or at least a roll in the hay). Otherwise, we'd have to consider Jerome is put off by Allen's HIV status. But the scene rings false, and the movie takes a bruising because of it.

To be portrayed by a man with a killer bod, it's interesting to note that Jerome, despite several offers, never gets laid – not even in a bathhouse. That kind of sums of "Hollywood je t'aime" as a whole: it's very attractive, but it never quite goes all the way.

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