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Superstar (1999)

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A nerdy Catholic schoolgirl, Mary Katherine Gallagher, dreams of superstardom.

Director:

Bruce McCulloch

Writers:

Molly Shannon (character), Steve Koren (as Steven Wayne Koren)
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Molly Shannon ... Mary Katherine Gallagher
Will Ferrell ... Sky Corrigan / Jesus
Elaine Hendrix ... Evian
Harland Williams ... Slater
Mark McKinney ... Father Ritley
Glynis Johns ... Grandma
Jason Blicker ... Howard
Gerry Bamman ... Father John
Emmy Laybourne ... Helen
Jennifer Irwin ... Maria
Rob Stefaniuk Rob Stefaniuk ... Thomas
Natalie Radford Natalie Radford ... Autum
Karyn Dwyer ... Summer
Tom Green ... Dylan
Chuck Campbell ... Owen
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Storyline

Orphan Mary Katherine Gallagher, an ugly duckling at St. Monica High School, has a dream: to be kissed soulfully. She decides she can realize this dream if she becomes a superstar, so her prayers, her fantasies, and her conversations with her only friend focus on achieving super-stardom. Her big chance is a school talent contest; her main competition is Evian, the school beauty, who is dancing with Sky, the object of Mary Katherine's kiss dream. Mary Katherine gets some talent-show help from her fellow special education students, her grandma, and Jesus, and inspiration from secrets in her past. Watching are Sky, Evian, and a silent classmate. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Dare to dream.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex-related humor and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Superestrella See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$34,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,912,743, 10 October 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$30,628,981, 6 February 2000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The name of the town in which they live, Besame Heights, means "Kiss me" in Spanish. See more »

Goofs

After the paint is dumped on Mary during the talent contest auditions, she starts running, going through the audience, turning right down the hall then turning another right to run outside through the large front doors. Father Ritley pursues her down the long hall - followed closely, then being passed by, a fast running boy from the crowd. However, when the Priest arrives at the front door, he is alone, and the boy is nowhere to be seen, neither having run past the main doorway to continue down the hall, or following Father Ritley to the doorway to watch as Mary rides away with Slater on his motorcycle. See more »

Quotes

Mary Katherine Gallagher: [to Evian] Go drink a bottle of yourself!
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Connections

References Cheers (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
Written by Robert Clivillés (as Robert Clivilles) & Freedom Williams (as Frederick (Freedom) Williams)
Performed by C+C Music Factory (as C & C Music Factory)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Much better than I expected...a really funny movie!
12 November 1999 | by pouletSee all my reviews

I went to see Superstar on the understanding that some SNL movies are terrible, and I didn't expect too much...but I really thought this was a great movie. I also enjoyed the additional surprise that his film was directed by Bruce McCulloch (whose talent as a director was revealed in his Kids in the Hall sketches; i.e. "Sausages".) I think his direction was excellent. The plot was predictable (as some like to point out...predictably) but who goes to a film like this expecting wildly innovative writing? The actors were very funny and the humor quirky; it even managed to be warm, but not in a syrupy way. This is a movie I recommend!


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