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The Rising Cost of Cosmetics (2011)

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A dark, multi-ethnic socio-comedy in which a teenager, desperate to fit in, is seduced by the (lip) gloss and glamour of one of the popular girls at her new school in Los Angeles.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susane Joseph ... Shan Wallace
Kelly Marie Tran ... Chun Hei Park
Cameron Inman ... Mandy
Taylor Murphy ... Trish (as Taylor Ashley Murphy)
Elyse Poppers ... Cora
Shari Washington Rhone Shari Washington Rhone ... Mrs. Wallace
Dominique Washington ... Mena Wallace
Henry Gilmore Henry Gilmore ... Security Guard
Krysta Underwood Krysta Underwood ... Rita
Cindy Chau Cindy Chau ... Mrs. Park
Matthew Carmen Matthew Carmen ... Vince
Austin Powell ... Boy Toy
Don Letendre Don Letendre ... Teacher
Kyle Isao ... Shopkeeper
Abigail Campanella Abigail Campanella ... Extra


Shan Wallace, the new girl at an upscale high school, forms an immediate bond with the other outcast in her class, Chun Hei, an outspoken Korean with an arsenal of witticisms at her disposal. Shan would never admit it, but she wants desperately to fit in, and Chun Hei used to be the leader of the popular group until her mother sent her away to boarding school for being disobedient. But defiance isn't Chun's only vice and she quickly sucks Shan into the seductive lifestyle of the rich and plastic. As Shan falls victim to her vanity, her friendship with Chun comes unglued. Will Shan choose superficial (lip) gloss over substance and integrity? This short film will resonate in its portrayal of teenage life in 'Lost' Angeles. Written by Director

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29 October 2011 (USA) See more »

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