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Ellie Parker (2005)

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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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Scott Coffey

Writer:

Scott Coffey
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Naomi Watts ... Ellie Parker
Jennifer Syme Jennifer Syme ... Casting Chick
Greg Freitas Greg Freitas ... Rick Saul (as Gregory Frietas)
Gaye Pope Gaye Pope ... Leslie Towne
Blair Mastbaum Blair Mastbaum ... Smash Jackson
Jessica Vogl Jessica Vogl ... Trixie
Rebecca Rigg ... Sam
Mark Pellegrino ... Justin
Kim Fay Kim Fay ... Therapist
Scott Coffey ... Chris
Todd Coffey Todd Coffey ... Upstairs Neighbor
David Baer ... Acting Teacher
Marcel Sarmiento ... Acting Student
Robbi Chong Robbi Chong ... Acting Student (as Robby Chong)
Jessicka Jessicka ... Acting Class Student
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ele Parker See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,299, 11 November 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$34,410
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

This is the feature film version of the sixteen minute short Ellie Parker (2001), which was also directed by Scott Coffey and starred Naomi Watts in the leading role. See more »

Goofs

Ellie uses a folding step stool to climb into the garbage can, but when the car pulls up and she climbs out, it's gone. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

References The Rules of Attraction (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Heart of Glass
Composed by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein
Performed by Blondie
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I loved this movie....
27 January 2005 | by SexyCinephileSee all my reviews

I saw this at Sundance and I certainly didn't see anyone walking out during that screening. Sundance movie goers are notoriously supportive of films at the festival and I have a hard time believing there were people walking out.

I thought Scott Coffee wrote a very original and true to life story of Hollywood. There have been many movies about Hollywood life but this one is real and true to the bone. Every actor who sees this will see themselves in this and say "Why didn't I write this?". The answer is, Scott thought of it and we didn't. Way to go Scott.

Naomi Watts is wonderful as always. Many layers to this. Maybe people outside Hollywood wont get this movie. Their loss.


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