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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
Greg Freitas ...
Rick Saul (as Gregory Frietas)
Gaye Pope ...
Leslie Towne
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Smash Jackson
Jessica Vogl ...
Trixie
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Sam
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Justin
Kim Fay ...
Therapist
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Todd Coffey ...
Upstairs Neighbor
David Baer ...
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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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Comedy | Drama

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

Also Known As:

Elli Parker - Schauspielerin  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,299 (USA) (11 November 2005)

Gross:

$34,410 (USA)
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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Naomi Watts and Scott Coffey shot additional footage to the original short version (Ellie Parker (2001)) over a process of five years. You can mainly tell which are new and old scenes due to Watts changing hair length. See more »

Goofs

Ellie uses a folding step stool to climb into the garbage can, but when the car pulls up and she climbs out, it's gone. See more »

Quotes

Ellie Parker: I don't hate myself enough to love you.
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References Shoot the Moon (1982) See more »

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I loved this movie....
27 January 2005 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I saw this at Sundance and I certainly didn't see anyone walking out during that screening. Sundance movie goers are notoriously supportive of films at the festival and I have a hard time believing there were people walking out.

I thought Scott Coffee wrote a very original and true to life story of Hollywood. There have been many movies about Hollywood life but this one is real and true to the bone. Every actor who sees this will see themselves in this and say "Why didn't I write this?". The answer is, Scott thought of it and we didn't. Way to go Scott.

Naomi Watts is wonderful as always. Many layers to this. Maybe people outside Hollywood wont get this movie. Their loss.


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