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Ellie Parker (2005)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 14 July 2006 (UK)
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A hilarious comic portrait of a young woman's struggle for integrity, happiness and a Hollywood acting career.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ellie Parker
Jennifer Syme ... Casting Chick
Greg Freitas ... Rick Saul (as Gregory Frietas)
Gaye Pope ... Leslie Towne
Blair Mastbaum ... Smash Jackson
Jessica Vogl ... Trixie
... Sam
... Justin
Kim Fay ... Therapist
... Chris
Todd Coffey ... Upstairs Neighbor
... Acting Teacher
... Acting Student
Robbi Chong ... Acting Student (as Robby Chong)
Jessicka ... Acting Class Student
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Slice of life look at a young woman trying to make it as an actress in Hollywood. Ellie Parker, from Australia, works hard: she's gifted with accents, hustles to auditions, changes clothes and makeup as she drives across L.A., goes to acting classes and therapy, maintains a friendship with another Aussie searching for the same roles, meets a cinematographer when he bangs into her car at a stop sign, and faces a failing relationship with her slacker thinks-he's-a-musician boyfriend. All this brings on an identity crisis - who am I, and should I keep trying to be an actress? Ellie's balancing act and her inquiry into self carry the story. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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What happens when you become the person you pretend to be?

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language, some sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »
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14 July 2006 (UK)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$10,299, 11 November 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$34,410
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Naomi Watts and Scott Coffey shot additional footage to the original short version (Ellie Parker (2001)) over a process of five years. You can mainly tell which are new and old scenes due to Watts changing hair length. See more »

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One shot at the zoo is played in reverse, made evident by the water running upwards before the camera pans to Ellie. See more »

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Ellie Parker: It is the hardest decision I've ever had to made. Apart from whether or not to have an abortion.
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References Men in Black II (2002) See more »

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Nobody Cares
Written and Performed by Sarabeth Tucek
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Hmmmm...
22 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

At Sundance, the tickets to this film were highly coveted and among the first to sell out. We wish we hadn't wasted our time in the wait list line (2 hours!) as the movie turned out to be a disappointment. I never saw the original short that "gave birth," so to speak, to this film, but the director (Scott Coffey) told us that it had been the first 20 minutes or so of the film. Maybe he should have left it at that. The problem (for me, at least) was that the main character of the film was never made into a sympathetic enough person for me to care about. I admit that I did laugh out loud several times during the screening, but the laughs were much too far apart, and in between was a lot of self indulgent navel gazing. I realize that this was the point, to some extent, but it could have been a much better film had I even cared what happened to the main character. I know that I am not the only person who felt this way, as many people left during the screening...some only a few minutes into it, others as it wore on. When the lights went on afterward, there were empty rows in front and in back of me. I don't think this will ever be in theaters; if you're a big fan of Naomi Watts, you may want to rent the DVD. Otherwise, skip this.


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