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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Celeste Blodgett
... Dana Blodgett / Harrison
... Kyle Halley
... Mitch Tanzer
... Amanda
... Xavier
... Bruce
... Monica (as Deborah Gibson)
... Hilly
... Lauren Rawley-Simms
Kathleen Laskey ... Pheobe Blodgett
... Howard Blodgett
Irene Lopez Kuchilani ... Lupe
... Young Celeste (scenes deleted)
... Young Dana (scenes deleted)


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


Comedy | Romance



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ABC Family



Release Date:

12 February 2006 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Celeste a városban  »

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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 »


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 »


Celeste: Don't judge me Kyle!
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Hit Me with Your Best Shot
Performed by Majandra Delfino and Ethan Embry
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Not Worth the Trip
12 July 2004 | by See 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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