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Everybody's Famous! (2000)

Iedereen beroemd! (original title)
Jean is a family man and factory worker who dreams of becoming a songwriter. Pinning his hopes on his teenage daughter, Marva, he takes her to singing contests in which the awkward and ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josse De Pauw ... Jean Vereecken
Eva van der Gucht ... Marva Vereecken
Werner De Smedt Werner De Smedt ... Willy Van Outreve
Thekla Reuten ... Debbie
Victor Löw ... Michael Jensen
Gert Portael ... Chantal Vereecken
Ianka Fleerackers ... Gaby
Alice Reys Alice Reys ... Lizzy
George Arrendell ... Knappe man
François Beukelaers François Beukelaers ... NTO directeur
Silvia Claes Silvia Claes ... Omroepster
Marc Didden Marc Didden ... Cameraman
Sien Eggers ... Debbies buurvrouw
Lut Hannes Lut Hannes ... Vriendin van Marva's moeder
Wim Opbrouck ... Rik De Visser
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Storyline

Jean is a family man and factory worker who dreams of becoming a songwriter. Pinning his hopes on his teenage daughter, Marva, he takes her to singing contests in which the awkward and overweight girl struggles to belt out a tune. When Jean is suddenly fired because of cut backs, he is ashamed and even more desperate to have his daughter succeed. In a chance meeting Jean kidnaps the most famous pop star in the country and holds her hostage demanding to be heard by the music industry. Catching the attention of the media and the eyes of the nation, Jean and Marva realize that the show must go on until everyone is famous. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Taglines:

How far are you willing to go to become a star? [translation of Dutch tagline]

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Getreel | The Independents

Country:

Belgium | Netherlands | France

Language:

Dutch | English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 April 2000 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Everybody's Famous! See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,104, 8 July 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$74,628, 22 July 2001
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Color:

Color
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Trivia

When Marva is doing the Madonna act in the tent and the camera sets on Jean at the end of the song; the director Dominique Deruddere sits on the right of the table. See more »

Quotes

Jean Vereecken: Trumpets!
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Connections

References The Seven Year Itch (1955) See more »

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Everybody's in showbiz,everybody's a star .(Ray Davis)
14 July 2005 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The beginning promised great things .The dream of the father ,a working-class man ,to make his daughter a star ,what a good subject for a movie!There are plenty of good scenes:the song contest where the "singers " ape Madonna or Jackson and where the Otis Redding "double", with his "black" face ,takes the biscuit;the less-than-attractive fat daughter dreaming in her room;the kidnapping which increases Debbie's sales who has sold more now than Presley ,Jackson and the Beatles put together(sic).

Unfortunately,as soon as the star falls his love with her abductor,it's the beginning of the end:the script gets bogged down in clichés.The attack of the medias has been seen a thousand times or more .Finally ,what could have been a ferocious satire of the showbiz world becomes its glorification.Nothing is spared the viewer,even the ugly-duckling-turned-into-a-swan umpteenth version.Oh unlucky Manuelo!


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