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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 Blodgett / Harrison
Ethan Embry ... Kyle Halley
Michael Boisvert ... Mitch Tanzer
Sadie LeBlanc ... Amanda
Jamie Robinson ... Xavier
Geoffrey Pounsett ... Bruce
Debbie Gibson ... Monica (as Deborah Gibson)
Allegra Fulton ... Hilly
Janaya Stephens ... Lauren Rawley-Simms
Kathleen Laskey Kathleen Laskey ... Pheobe Blodgett
Dwight McFee ... Howard Blodgett
Irene Lopez Kuchilani Irene Lopez Kuchilani ... Lupe
Niamh Wilson ... Young Celeste (scenes deleted)
Alexander Conti ... Young Dana (scenes deleted)
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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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It takes a lot of people...to be yourself

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Comedy | Romance

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Official Sites:

ABC Family

Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Trivia

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

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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

Celeste: I have this moto that I live by: "Don't mix business with pleasure." Not that you were much of a pleasure.
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cheap formulaic
16 July 2017 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Simple small town girl Celeste Blodgett (Majandra Delfino) moves from Banger, Maine to New York City. She's a recent college graduate with a job at the New York Examiner. Her only local contact is gay cousin Harrison Blodgett (Nicholas Brendon) who uses new name Dana. She believes her interior designer neighbor Kyle Halley (Ethan Embry) is gay due to her hometown friend's opinions about all interior designers being gay. Her entry level fact checker job sucks. Her hero is reporter Lauren Rawley-Simms who has an on-and-off relationship with magazine editor Mitch Tanzer. Dana and his glam squad give her a makeover while Kyle gives her apartment a different makeover.

This is cheap. It's doing the Toronto for New York thing. It's fake 90's New York. The story is formulaic. The title suggests a take on Sex in the City. Majandra does the ugly duckling thing with glasses and transitions into the swan easily. There are no surprises. The humor isn't that funny. Debbie Gibson does have a small role as one of Dana's friends.


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