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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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  (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)
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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
Bechen de Loredo .... foley/adr mixer
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
Location Management
Melissa Downing .... location manager
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
Andra Hayes .... script supervisor
Aron Kantor .... title designer
Mickey Cottrell .... publicist (uncredited)

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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Dark side of Hollywood in entertaining comedy, 12 March 2010
Author: TonyDood from United States

"Hollywood J'taime" is unique in being the only French film I can think of that wasn't made by anyone French. In theme and style it well-emulates a European film, and that's a compliment.

The film is the journey of a man in Paris who has been dumped by his boyfriend and decides to chuck it all and go to Hollywoodland, USA to get over it. This all results in his finding that home is where the heart is--not an earth-shattering revelation, Dorothy Gale, but one that never grows tired or passé--in an ending that is refreshing in its unwillingness to tie up all the loose ends like a dopey sitcom, but is satisfying nonetheless.

What makes the movie so French is that the p.o.v. of the film belongs to vacationing Frenchman Jérôme, played with wonderful understatement and realism by Eric Debets (who does, in fact, bear a remarkable resemblance to Adrian Brody, a running gag). We follow Jérôme from France to LAX and beyond, seeing LA through his eyes, and to see what he sees, and how he sees it, is the primary joy of the movie. Aside from being dead-pan natural, real, and utterly "French" on-screen, Debets doesn't hold back exposing himself both theoretically and quite literally...this is a film with a gay audience in mind and as such knows there's no need to try to be otherwise; most comfortably gay males appreciate male nudity, and don't spend a lot of time sitting around discussing what it means to be gay, the problem with many films in this genre.

The director shows confidence in presenting his story without either going crazy with technique or being hobbled by budgetary limits (the opening credits are delightfully snappy). It looks far more expensive than it probably was to make, but doesn't resort to flashy gimmicks (although some may argue the slightly-beyond-R sexual scenes push that boundary--again, depends on your comfort level). It's easy to watch, the acting is above average, the characters interesting and the script feels complete. It could probably use one more edit to cut just a wee bit of fat around the edges, particularly in the 3rd act when Jérôme looks for a "real" job in a restaurant. Jérôme verges on unsympathetic at times for his bad planning (he seems too old for some of the dumb choices he makes) and the plot suffers occasionally when it resorts to contrivance and coincidence, but it is, after all, a movie. I also found myself wanting to know more background on most of the characters, who seem to appear on cue and disappear as needed. However, things never become insufferable in depicting drag queens with hearts of gold or gorgeous guys throwing themselves at someone just because the script requires it, like many similar films in the same category. And the somewhat-open ending is, again, satisfying and very "true" to what has come before.

What really sets this one apart is its depiction of the "real" Hollywood...this is literally a snapshot of the popular Silver Lake-to-Santa Monica stretch of LA area as it is/was in 2009; one can almost smell the grit on the sidewalks or feel the dry heat. I say that being a resident who recognized every block used as a location. It's one view among many, and not pretty, but it's an accurate one, and should be required viewing for anyone (gay) who is thinking of dropping everything and coming to Hollywood with the idea that it is a "dream factory," something that still happens quite frequently. Similarly, the film is remarkable, being made by Americans, in portraying the US from the perspective of a person from France, and captures the European-out-of-water in LA scenario, which is very common here, quite well (It's too bad Jérôme didn't take the bus to Venice Beach instead, it may have been a whole different movie).

Congratulations to cast and crew on a job well done and kudos well-earned, and a film that goes down like a fine French wine to those interested in the subject matter. I'll definitely be on the lookout for a sequel, and I'm glad we're living in times when movies like this can be made.

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