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Starlet (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama | 9 May 2013 (Germany)
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An unlikely friendship forms between twenty-one-year-old Jane and the elderly Sadie after Jane discovers a hidden stash of money inside an object at Sadie's yard sale.

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Sean Baker
5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dree Hemingway ... Jane
Boonee Boonee ... Starlet
Stella Maeve ... Melissa
Sheri Vecchio Sheri Vecchio ... Yard Sale People
Robert Malmuth Robert Malmuth ... Yard Sale People
Justin Boyd Justin Boyd ... Yard Sale People
Tracy Correll Tracy Correll ... Yard Sale People
Leo Garcia Leo Garcia ... Yard Sale People
Hayat Jubrail Hayat Jubrail ... Yard Sale People
Besedka Johnson Besedka Johnson ... Sadie
Jimena Alegre Jimena Alegre ... Yard Sale People
Romina Gilmore Romina Gilmore ... Yard Sale People
Peter Rutledge Peter Rutledge ... Yard Sale People
James Ransone ... Mikey
Zoe Voss ... Waiting Room Girl
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Storyline

STARLET explores the unlikely cross-generational friendship between 21 year-old Jane (Dree Hemingway), and the elderly Sadie (Besedka Johnson), two women whose worlds collide in California's San Fernando Valley. Jane, an aspiring actress, spends her time getting high with her dysfunctional roommates, Melissa and Mikey (Stella Maeve and James Ransone), while caring for her Chihuahua, Starlet. Sadie, a widow, passes her days alone, tending to her flower garden. After a confrontation between the women at Sadie's yard sale, Jane uncovers a hidden stash of money inside a relic from Sadie's past. Jane attempts to befriend the caustic older woman in an effort to solve her dilemma and secrets emerge as their relationship grows. Director Sean Baker continues in the naturalistic style of his previous films, the award-winning and Spirit Award nominees PRINCE OF BROADWAY and TAKE OUT, capturing the rhythms of everyday life with an authenticity rarely seen in cinema. Featuring a pair of ... Written by anonymous

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Drama

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USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 2013 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Uma Estranha Amizade See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,662, 11 November 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$87,910, 17 February 2013
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Besedka Johnson was discovered by executive producer Shih-Ching Tsou in the ladies' locker room of a gym she frequented. It was Besedka's dream to be an actress since she was 15. After 70 years, her dream came true. Starlet is her first and final film role. See more »

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Throughout the film, Jane's green car changes back and forth from a Ford Probe to a Saturn. See more »

Quotes

Sadie: [Sipping what looks like a lovely frappé outside Java Central coffee shop] I really prefer my own brand.
Jane: That dry s**t you shove into hot water?
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References X-Men (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

My Way
Written by Kenneth (Kenny P) Nwankwor
Performed by Kenny P
Ownership/Copyright: Kenneth (Kenny P) Nwankwor/Plotnom Rekords
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Had some potential...
28 September 2014 | by grantssSee all my reviews

This movie had some potential, but that potential was ultimately unfulfilled.

The initial idea: young woman befriends much older woman, looked like it might have some legs to it, especially with the money angle to it too. However, from the start the movie seemed a bit unoriginal - Harold and Maude sprang immediately to mind - and implausible. Some of the stuff that happens is just plain weird and contrived.

Weaved in and out of this theme is Jane's (the young woman) other life, with her permanently-high flatmate, other friends and job. This varies from quite funny at times (the flatmate and friends) to downright gratuitous (the R-rated scenes). The porn industry stuff was essentially just padding and titillation. It cheapened the movie, to a very large extent.

Ending is interesting and does tie the movie together, but isn't that much of a shock or twist.


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