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The Star Maker (1981)
Typical 80's made for TV movie...
As scary as that sounds watching is even scarier. The story attempts to squeeze out as much T&A as possible but not even a hormone raging 13 year old could sit through this gem. Most of the acting is rote and uninspired, the director can't get enough mirror shots in, poor stock footage of Rome is followed by palatial estates looking over the San Fernando Valley and poor Rock's attempts at virile heterosexuality fall way limp. I can enjoy movies for their train wreck fascination but this is too gory. The single exception is Suzanne Pleshette who gives her usual natural performance, in even greater contrast with the stilted (and, to be fair, that's to be expected here) performances given around her. The characters are cliches, from the New York cabbie in L.A. to the brainless blonde, the scheming backstage mother to the bimbo stripper; and of course everyone wants to be in the movies. The greatest interest for me though is the four 10 out of 10 votes this thing garnered (50% of the vote!) while the next four are in the 4 range. The plot does thicken when you least expect it to... 2 thumbs?