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I'm Still Here (2010)

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Documents Joaquin Phoenix's transition from the acting world to a career as an aspiring rapper.

Director:

Casey Affleck
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joaquin Phoenix ... Joaquin Phoenix
Antony Langdon Antony Langdon ... Anton
Carey Perloff Carey Perloff ... Himself - Play Director
Larry McHale Larry McHale ... Larry McHale
Casey Affleck ... Casey Affleck
Jack Nicholson ... Jack Nicholson
Billy Crystal ... Billy Crystal
Danny Glover ... Danny Glover
Bruce Willis ... Himself
Robin Wright ... Herself
Johnny Moreno Johnny Moreno ... Victor - Danny DeVito's stand-in (as Johnny Marino)
Danny DeVito ... Danny DeVito
Jerry Penacoli ... Jerry
Susan Patricola Susan Patricola ... Susan
Patrick Whitesell ... Patrick
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Storyline

In 2008 while rehearsing for a charity event, actor Joaquin Phoenix, with Casey Affleck's camera watching, tells people he's quitting to pursue a career in rap music. Over the next year, we watch the actor write, rehearse, and perform to an audience. He importunes Sean Combs in hopes he'll produce the record. We see the actor in his home: he parties, smokes, bawls out his two-man entourage, talks philosophy with Affleck, and comments on celebrity. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

He's done with Hollywood

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual material, graphic nudity, pervasive language, some drug use and crude content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 2010 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Joaquin Phoenix Documentary See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$96,658, 12 September 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$408,719, 31 October 2010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In September 2010, co-Screenwriter and Director Casey Affleck confirmed that this movie is not a real documentary, but fake. The public had been wondering, ever since Joaquin Phoenix announced in October 2008 his retirement from acting, in order to become a rapper, whether it was all just an act, or if it was for real. See more »

Goofs

When Phoenix first meets Diddy in the hotel, he knocks on the door on the right side of the hall, then the camera switches and Diddy is opening the door on the left side of the hall. It can't just be a change in camera angle since the door is the last one on the hall. See more »

Quotes

Edward James Olmos: That's you, drops of water and you're on top of the mountain of success. But one day you start sliding down the mountain and you think wait a minute; I'm a mountain top water drop. I don't belong in this valley, this river, this low dark ocean with all these drops of water. Then one day it gets hot and you slowly evaporate into air, way up, higher than any mountain top, all the way to the heavens. Then you understand that it was at your lowest that you were closest to God. Life's a journey that...
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Connections

References MTV News (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Gimme Some Lovin'
(uncredited)
Written by Steve Winwood, Spencer Davis and Muff Winwood
Performed by Steve Winwood and The Spencer Davis Group
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Real or not, it's an engaging roller coaster ride.
26 November 2010 | by Shattered_WakeSee all my reviews

Just two years after receiving an Oscar nomination for his powerhouse performance as Johnny Cash in 'Walk the Line,' actor Joaquin Phoenix shocked show business by announcing his retirement from acting to pursue a career as a hip hop musician. 'I'm Still Here,' directed by Phoenix's brother-in-law and fellow actor Casey Affleck, tells the story of the star's life change. Supposedly.

After Joaquin Phoenix's apparent mental breakdown which came in the form of a legendary David Letterman appearance and a beard to rival that of Zack Galifianakis, many people in & out of the film industry fought to uncover the validity of Joaquin's retirement. Shortly after the release of the 'I'm Still Here,' questions were answered when Phoenix & Affleck admitted their worldwide prank saying that, from the beginning, it was all a hoax. If this admission is true, this film will become one of the most believable & ridiculous hoaxes in a long, long time.

Regardless of whether 'I'm Still Here' is actually a hoax (or if the hoax is a hoax, attempting to cover up the breakdown of Phoenix), it is still quite an entertaining film. However, due to the seemingly obscene subject matter throughout the film, it's hard to truly believe that any famous person would allow it to be shown publicly, risking a hugely negative backlash. We see Joaquin snorting coke (off hookers' breasts at one point), spanking naked men with towels, ordering female escorts, and other low-grade behaviour. If all of this actually DID happen without elaborate staging, then I send full respect to Mr. Phoenix for having the courage to allow it to be shown on screen like this.

One issue that the film does have comes from the overall style. While the story, content, etc., are all exceedingly engaging, the actual visuals of the film were almost unbearable. In a low-budget documentary like, say, the recent 'Catfish,' amateurish cinematography & direction are almost expected. However, when a documentary is being produced by two successful actors and is directed by someone who has been working on film sets for twenty years, this bottom-level style just does not work when the validity of the film's content are already in question.

Overall, however, the film does work well as a whole. Joaquin Phoenix, whether he's playing himself or the insane version of himself, is impossible to not watch, even with his constant arrogant and selfish behaviour throughout. If you watch along believing it just might be real, it will be an emotional roller coaster ride. Even if it is all a hoax, though, it's still one hell of a crazy ride.

Final Verdict: 7.5/10.

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