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Ellie Parker (2005)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 14 July 2006 (UK)
A hilarious comic portrait of a young woman's struggle for integrity, happiness and a Hollywood acting career.

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Jennifer Syme ...
Casting Chick
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Rick Saul (as Gregory Frietas)
Gaye Pope ...
Leslie Towne
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Smash Jackson
Jessica Vogl ...
Trixie
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Justin
Kim Fay ...
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Robbi Chong ...
Acting Student (as Robby Chong)
Jessicka ...
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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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What happens when you become the person you pretend to be?

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Rated R for language, some sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »
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14 July 2006 (UK)  »

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Elli Parker - Schauspielerin  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$10,299, 11 November 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$34,410
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Trivia

Director Scott Coffey met Naomi Watts for the first time when they appeared in Tank Girl (1995). See more »

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One shot at the zoo is played in reverse, made evident by the water running upwards before the camera pans to Ellie. See more »

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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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References Mission: Impossible III (2006) See more »

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Superb Tour De Force for Naomi Watts
20 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

If you are a fan of Naomi Watts, as I have been since seeing her for the first time in Mulholland Drive, you will not want to miss Ellie Parker - a veritable tour de force for the actor, who gives us not a caricature but rather a sympathetic, flesh-and-blood, 3-dimensional human being whose plight pertains not only to the acting world but to anybody who has ever felt rejected, misunderstood and/or unappreciated by the world at large. This makes its audience much wider than merely the 'Hollywood community' without ever becoming preachy about it, which I especially liked. Some of the scenes feel completely improvised, which I also enjoyed, and her audition scene near the beginning is more than worth the price of admission alone.


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