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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:
... Jean Vereecken
... Marva Vereecken
Werner De Smedt ... Willy Van Outreve
... Debbie
... Michael Jensen
... Chantal Vereecken
... Gaby
Alice Reys ... Lizzy
... Knappe man
François Beukelaers ... NTO directeur
Silvia Claes ... Omroepster
Marc Didden ... Cameraman
... Debbies buurvrouw
Lut Hannes ... Vriendin van Marva's moeder
... 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

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Release Date:

12 April 2000 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

Everybody's Famous!  »

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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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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: [yelling at Willy] I thought I could count on you, goddamn it! Why did you get that stupid dog?
Willy Van Outreve: Els was...
Jean Vereecken: Who's Els?
Willy Van Outreve: Debbie. Els is her real name.
Jean Vereecken: I told you not to untie her or take off the blindfold! And no talking!
Willy Van Outreve: She was hysterical! I had to do something.
Jean Vereecken: I'll show you what you've done.
[he turns on the TV]
Jean Vereecken: It's been on since seven a.m. Radio, TV! On every channel! Talking about that stupid dog!
Nieuwslezeres: [Debbie's neighbor, on TV] I'll never forget it. He was a real gangster. A voyeur. Nobody's safe ...
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References The Seven Year Itch (1955) See more »

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A very fun little film
30 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

This film was reccomended to me by some Belgian people I talk to on the net, they said it was one of the best to come out of their country so I decided to check it out. All in all, I have to say that I really enjoyed it. It's not entirely original, but what it lacks in originality, it makes up for with it's ability to charm and entertain. I don't want to give away too much of it, but the story mainly revolves around fame and the desire to achieve it. Of course, it's always much harder for some, more so than others; mainly those who aren't blessed with the looks, or all of the talent. "Everybody's Famous" is one of those rare, truly "feel good" films that don't come around too often. Hollywood often tries to make films like this, but often fall flat by making it too cutesy. One thing I don't understand about this movie is how it ever got rated "R"... were the ratings board members drunk or asleep the day they rated this movie? There's no bad language in it, and only a brief amount of (non-explicit) nudity. So, if you're wondering if it's appropriate for the younger crowd, I would definately reccomend it for them; it should've been rated PG-13. The bottom line is, if you appreciate charming, feel-good flicks about the various struggles in life, then you'll love this. It was also nice to see that this film was nominated for an Academy Award in 2001 (Best Foreign Language Film).


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