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The Marc Pease Experience (2009)

Former high school musical star, Marc Pease, finds himself still living in the past, eight years after graduating.

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Todd Louiso

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Schwartzman ... Marc Pease
Ben Stiller ... Jon Gribble
Anna Kendrick ... Meg Brickman
Jay Paulson ... Gerry
Ebon Moss-Bachrach ... Gavin
Gabrielle Dennis ... Tracey
Amber Wallace ... Ilona
Shannon Holt Shannon Holt ... Debbie
Austin Herring ... Mr. Edwards
Ed Wagenseller ... Science Teacher
Kelen Coleman ... Stephanie
Joe Inscoe ... Mr. Brickman
Matthew Cornwell ... Rick Berger
Lou Criscuolo Lou Criscuolo ... Benny Berger
Shon Blotzer ... Jeff Bluff
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Former high school musical star, Marc Pease, finds himself still living in the past, eight years after graduating.

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Rated PG-13 for brief sexual material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 2010 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida Desafinada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,641, 21 August 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,641, 21 August 2009
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Trivia

Ben Stiller filmed all scenes within first two weeks of shooting because he was working on other projects. See more »

Connections

References High School Musical (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

'Y' all got it
Written by Charlie Smalls
Performed by Jason Schwartzman and The Wiz Chorus
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Much more than meets the eye
17 January 2011 | by rooprectSee all my reviews

You might be expecting a brainless romp to divert your mind for a few hours. And based on some of the IMDb reviews, you might be expecting a particularly bad one.

However, there's a lot going on in this film which may not be obvious at first, and if you key in on it I think you'll have a great time. This is not a standard plot-based comedy. The plot is pretty basic: a 26-year-old high school has-been (Schwartzman) wants to redeem himself for his colossal bomb in a school musical 8 years earlier. So what's the big deal?

The big deal is that the character is a lot more complex than your standard brainless-romp protagonist. He's a hopeless dork with a somewhat annoying Pollyanna way of bouncing back from tragedy--not to mention the most preposterous Dutch boy haircut you've ever seen--and for that you might think he's unconvincing as a human being. But actually he is a great embodiment of the stage motto "the show must go on". If you remind yourself of this, not only is he believable but he's really entertaining to watch. Late in the film we learn things about him that add tremendous depth and humanity to his character, and even though he's a hopeless dork he ultimately becomes one of the most memorable & endearing dorks I've ever seen. I was never a fan of Schwartzman before this, but I'll be checking out his other films for sure.

On the other end of the balance is his musical director (Stiller) who is the opposite of a dork: a total douchebag. Yet they share a common quality that you will learn at the end of the movie, and you see that the two of them are two sides of the same coin. Once it all comes into focus, you realize how clever this story is. Stiller is great, by the way. He's one of the most convincing douchebags I've ever seen.

In addition, those of you who are familiar with the Broadway show "The Wiz" will get a kick out of how the music goes along with the story. Or even if you've never seen "The Wiz", you can follow along with the backstory of The Wizard of Oz. Schwartzman basically plays a naïve Tin Man type of character while Stiller is an overbearing yet impotent Wizard. I thought that was a very nice artistic touch to weave the stories together like that.

As for laughs, though this isn't a madcap comedy like "Police Academy 19" there were some really good zingers that I had to rewind & play again because they were so unexpected (like Meg's poetic reading LOL). But overall, I thought this was far more than a brainless comedy. Even the goofy scene of a bunch of grown men bitch-kicking each other (LOL again) carried some great drama as well as a poignant, thematic message.

This is the sort of movie I foresee having a respectable cult following in 10 or 20 years, so get in early on the fun.


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