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Celeste in the City (2004)

A small-town girl new to Manhattan gets the make-over treatment from her gay cousin, leading to a whirlwind of romantic adventures.

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Larry Shaw
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Majandra Delfino ... Celeste Blodgett
Nicholas Brendon ... Dana Harrison
Ethan Embry ... Kyle Hadley
Sadie LeBlanc ... Amanda (as Sadie Le Blanc)
Michael Boisvert ... Mitch Tanzer
Jamie Robinson ... Javier
Geoffrey Pounsett ... Bruce
Debbie Gibson ... Monica (as Deborah Gibson)
Allegra Fulton ... Hilly
Janaya Stephens ... Lauren Rawley-Simms
Kathleen Laskey ... Phoebe Blodgett
Dwight McFee ... Howard Blodgett
Niamh Wilson ... Young Celeste (scenes deleted)
Alexander Conti ... Young Dana (scenes deleted)
Raven Dauda ... Tanya at Karaoke Bar
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Storyline

Small town girl Celeste Blodgett moves from Bangor, Maine to Manhattan when she gets a job with the New York Examiner, but hears there it's only fact checking, with little prospects for real journalism. Her welcoming young flat neighbor Kyle Halley in an interior designer, who helps her to give her apartment a make-over. At a party she learns her cousin is gay and goes by the new name Dana Harrison; he promises to teach her the city way with a fashionable image transformation, which succeeds with the help of various gay friends. Now she's ready for social life, hoping to impress her boss, reputedly womanizing magazine section editor Mitch Tanzer. He accepts to read her work, but says he can't use it because it's unethical given their personal relationship- then she finds reality is different... Written by KGF Vissers

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Taglines:

It takes a lot of people...to be yourself

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Details

Official Sites:

ABC Family

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

12 February 2006 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Celeste a városban See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Color:

Color
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Trivia

Celeste's last name is Blodgett, in reference to A Star Is Born (1937) and A Star Is Born (1954), in which the main character is also named Blodgett and goes through a similar makeover and career transformation. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the movie, Celeste is sitting in her boss's office wearing a blue and gray shirt. In the next shot, as she is leaving the office, she is wearing a burgundy suit jacket. In the next shot, where Celeste is running out of the building, she is wearing the blue top again. See more »

Quotes

Mitch Tanzer: I wasn't thinking.
Celeste Blodgett: Oh, you were thinking, just not with the right part of your anatomy.
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Connections

References NYPD Blue (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Yellow
(uncredited)
Written by Jeanne Newhall
Performed by Squashead aka Jeanne Newhall
Courtesy of Marzipan Music
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Not Worth the Trip
12 July 2004 | by AlphabetCitySee all my reviews

A huge lesson that Celeste allegedly learns in this story is that it's wrong to assume you know a person simply based on the stereotypes to which they seem to fit. For example, she mistakenly assumes a male interior decorator friend of hers is gay, thus hurting his feelings tremendously when he tells her he has feelings for her.

Yet this TV movie itself is so peppered with irritating stereotypes that the filmmakers seem immensely hypocritical. Celeste has a number of male buddies in the hair/clothes/appearance industry, all of whom are bumbling, effeminate, militant fashionistas. Her "cute" boss boyfriend, while he seems essentially pleasant and charming for the first 90% of the film, suddenly turns very "boss-like" at the end and turns out to have been cheating on Celeste and using her writing as a way to get into her pants.

Overall this film is incredibly ridiculous. I wouldn't waste your time.


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