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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 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


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


Comedy | Drama | Music

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

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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 »


Jean Vereecken: Do you know how much she makes a year? A million, without gigs.
Willy Van Outreve: So what?
Jean Vereecken: You don't think that's a lot?
Willy Van Outreve: Jean, others make a lot more than a million.
Jean Vereecken: Yeah, but they're not sleeping in my car, are they?
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great satire gives 'losers' glance at stardom
27 March 2001 | by charbromSee all my reviews

In this very subtle satire 'losers' get a glance at stardom. And it's the way director Deruddere portrays them, that they stay authentic and win your sympathy, rather than empathy. Father (De Pauw), your average hard-working factory man, is so obsessed with the singing career of his not so talented daughter (named after Marva, a famous Belgian singing icon) that, after he's been put out of his job, he decides to kidnap a famous Belgian singer to get the attention of her manager. He wants fame, she wants it too, but doesn't know what she's in for. After the kidnapping has taken place a great satire unfolds that stays entertaining till the end, without getting absurd (well just a little). A very enjoyable little film that deserves a bigger audience than it got.

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Belgium | Netherlands | France


Dutch | English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 April 2000 (Belgium) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$17,104, 8 July 2001

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