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Childstar (2004)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 11 June 2005 (USA)
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Taylor Brandon Burns, a conflicted twelve-year-old TV star from the U.S., runs away from the set - and his problems - while shooting a big-budget film in Canada. His reluctant limo-driver, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rick Shiller - the driver
... Tim
... Isaac
Victoria Fodor ... Enthusiastic Agent
... P.R. Agent
... J.R.
... Taylor Brandon Burns
Pamela Redfern ... Stewardess (as Pam Redfern)
... Suzanne
Danielle Miller ... Fangirl
... Reed Harrison
... Chip Metzger
... Sydney Mehta
... Jane - 3rd A.D.
... Philip Templeman
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Taylor Brandon Burns, a conflicted twelve-year-old TV star from the U.S., runs away from the set - and his problems - while shooting a big-budget film in Canada. His reluctant limo-driver, Rick Schiller, a down-on-his-luck indie filmmaker, is enlisted to find Taylor before the childstar destroys himself. Written by Anonymous

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When you're only famous for fifteen minutes, every second counts.

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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CAD 5,000,000 (estimated)
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Filmed in 19 days. See more »

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When Rick is taking Taylor out on the town in Toronto to help him gain experience with women, initially they are driving northbound on Yonge Street, a few blocks north of Eglinton (as evidenced by the HMV location next to Toys 'R' Us; these two stores are part of the Yonge-Eglinton Centre). Shortly afterward, they are at a cafe called Il Gatto Nero, which is at College and Crawford, a few blocks east of Ossington - and several kilometres to the SOUTHwest of the Yonge and Eglinton area. See more »

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[Natalie and Taylor have snuck onto the White House set to have sex]
Taylor Brandon Burns: So where do you want to do it? The Oval Office, The Greenroom, the Lincoln Bedroom ?
Natalie: It's your fantasy; I'm Canadian.
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The audio from the film (called "The First Son") that they are making within this movie plays over the end credits. See more »

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References The Mother and the Whore (1973) See more »

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O Mio Babbino Caro
(Giacomo Puccini (as Puccini))
Performed by Classical Trio
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Maybe I'm just not Canadian
25 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

I just couldn't get into this. Don McKellar, who I've never heard of before, just looked like he was doing an impersonation of Peter Sellers. His deadpan approach was a leaden hand over the whole film. Every line he delivered fell flat on the ground, as in a vacuum. There was something eerily compelling about him though, I couldn't take my eyes off him - or maybe it was just that cardigan he wore under his jacket the whole time.

The storyline might have not invited criticism were it not for the fact that we were subjected to two excruciating moral lessons at the end (on parentalism and on the childstar issue). Mmm, thanks, I so need to be preached at - NOT.

Unfortunately, Taylor Brandon Burns wasdislikable even when he wasn't supposed to be, and his blonde girlfriend character was just a cardboard cut-out. How were we supposed to care?

Well, we were all probably there looking for laughs, not philosophy. Problem is the laughs just weren't there. It was all vaguely depressing.


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