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Starlet (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama | 9 May 2013 (Germany)
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An unlikely friendship forms between 21 year-old Jane and the elderly Sadie after Jane discovers a hidden stash of money inside an object at Sadie's yard sale.

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STARLET explores the unlikely cross-generational friendship between 21 year-old Jane (Dree Hemingway), and the elderly Sadie (Besedka Johnson), two women whose worlds collide in California's San Fernando Valley. Jane, an aspiring actress, spends her time getting high with her dysfunctional roommates, Melissa and Mikey (Stella Maeve and James Ransone), while caring for her Chihuahua, Starlet. Sadie, a widow, passes her days alone, tending to her flower garden. After a confrontation between the women at Sadie's yard sale, Jane uncovers a hidden stash of money inside a relic from Sadie's past. Jane attempts to befriend the caustic older woman in an effort to solve her dilemma and secrets emerge as their relationship grows. Director Sean Baker continues in the naturalistic style of his previous films, the award-winning and Spirit Award nominees PRINCE OF BROADWAY and TAKE OUT, capturing the rhythms of everyday life with an authenticity rarely seen in cinema. Featuring a pair of ... Written by anonymous

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$15,662 (USA) (11 November 2012)

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$87,910 (USA) (17 February 2013)
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The graphic sex scenes were filmed with porn star Zoe Voss, who acted as a double for Dree Hemingway. See more »

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Throughout the film, Jane's green car changes back and forth from a Ford Probe to a Saturn. See more »

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Asa Akira: What's worse than getting banged by Jack the Ripper? Getting fingered by Captain Hook.
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Featured in The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2013) See more »

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Had some potential...
28 September 2014 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This movie had some potential, but that potential was ultimately unfulfilled.

The initial idea: young woman befriends much older woman, looked like it might have some legs to it, especially with the money angle to it too. However, from the start the movie seemed a bit unoriginal - Harold and Maude sprang immediately to mind - and implausible. Some of the stuff that happens is just plain weird and contrived.

Weaved in and out of this theme is Jane's (the young woman) other life, with her permanently-high flatmate, other friends and job. This varies from quite funny at times (the flatmate and friends) to downright gratuitous (the R-rated scenes). The porn industry stuff was essentially just padding and titillation. It cheapened the movie, to a very large extent.

Ending is interesting and does tie the movie together, but isn't that much of a shock or twist.


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