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S1m0ne (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi | 23 August 2002 (USA)
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A producer's film is endangered when his star walks off, so he decides to digitally create an actress to substitute for the star, becoming an overnight sensation that everyone thinks is a real person.

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Darnell Williams ...
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Kent
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Man in Suit
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Simone (as Simone)
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Storyline

The career of a disillusioned producer, who is desperate for a hit, is endangered when his star walks off the film set. Forced to think fast, the producer decides to digitally create an actress "Simone" to sub for the star--the first totally believable synthetic actress. The "actress" becomes an overnight sensation, with a major singing career as well, and everyone thinks she's a real person. However, as Simone's fame skyrockets, he cannot bear to admit his fraud to himself or the world. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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A star is... created. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

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Rated PG-13 for some sensuality | See all certifications »

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23 August 2002 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,813,463, 25 August 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,680,913, 6 October 2002
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Trivia

Character "Nicola Anders" (Winona Ryder) is named for writer/director Andrew Niccol. See more »

Goofs

Viktor writes "I love you Vic" on the hotel mirror. This should be "Vik". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Production Assistant: Uh, Mr. Taransky, she's...
Viktor: She's walking? Don't tell me she's walking. She can't walk!
[heads off running]
Viktor: Nicola!
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Crazy Credits

In the film's title and in the credits, the letters I and O in people's names are replaced with the numerals 1 and 0. See more »

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Rogue Motel
Written by Curt Sobel and Gary Schreiner
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S1m0ne - Digital Beauty
28 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

What attracts most people to cinema is of course the famous actors. Every film is different from others depending on the director or the producers. This film tells the story of an actress who is appreciated and loved world-wide. There's only one problem; she isn't real. S1m0ne is about a down-on-his-luck film director, Viktor Taranski (played by Al Pacino) whose career sinks into a slump when his spoiled lead actress Nicola Anders (played brilliantly by Winona Ryder) walks off the set and leaves Viktor with an unfinished film and his loss of self-respect. However, when computer genius Hank shows up, he presents Viktor with a computer program, before he dies of a tumor, that will change his life forever: It's called Simulation One. Just a few strokes on the key board and an overnight sensation is born: S1m0ne.

The movie was bashed both critically and financially, but I don't know why. Taking the critics's side, I'll admit, the writing and aspect of the film is weak and of course slightly unrealistic, but that's exactly what a film is. On-screen performances are what's most important to everyone and that's what the digital character S1m0ne is. Everyone instantly loves her and in turn, Viktor gains the fame he always wanted with his films Sunrise, Sunset and Eternity Forever. He still however, cannot admit to the world the fraud he has committed. Later on, his beautiful computer-generated leading lady gets the better of him. Ultimately, he tries to crash her career and reputation, but the world loves her even more.

On a personal note, I like this film mainly because of Al Pacino and the comical cosmic feeling you get from a science-fiction movie. It's nice to see Pacino in a simple role for a change, instead of the complex and sometimes rough characters he often plays, such as police detectives and men of power and/or authority. One of the small-time extra sides to this pleasant film is Pacino's look (as he's always looked younger for his age) and Evan Rachel Wood's (who plays Viktor's teenage daughter Lainey) last appearance before her rise-to-fame Academy Award nominated film Thirteen. S1m0ne is nothing special, but it stays simple and cute. It's fun to watch and very tempting.


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