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Ellie Parker (2005)

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

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Scott Coffey

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Scott Coffey
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Naomi Watts ... Ellie Parker
Jennifer Syme Jennifer Syme ... Casting Chick
Greg Freitas Greg Freitas ... Rick Saul (as Gregory Frietas)
Gaye Pope Gaye Pope ... Leslie Towne
Blair Mastbaum Blair Mastbaum ... Smash Jackson
Jessica Vogl Jessica Vogl ... Trixie
Rebecca Rigg ... Sam
Mark Pellegrino ... Justin
Kim Fay Kim Fay ... Therapist
Scott Coffey ... Chris
Todd Coffey Todd Coffey ... Upstairs Neighbor
David Baer ... Acting Teacher
Marcel Sarmiento ... Acting Student
Robbi Chong Robbi Chong ... Acting Student (as Robby Chong)
Jessicka Jessicka ... Acting Class Student
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ele Parker See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,299, 11 November 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$34,410
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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

Near the end of the movie as Ellie enters the hotel for an audition, the cameraman is reflected in the glass door. See more »

Quotes

Ellie Parker: I remember when the future was a promise; now it's like a threat.
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References Men in Black II (2002) See more »

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Watts Wows, Movie Flops
20 April 2006 | by aliasanythingyouwantSee all my reviews

Scott Coffey's Life of A Lower-Rung Hollywood Nitwit, Ellie Parker, is interesting only as a showcase for the shape-shifter charms of Naomi Watts, a performing chameleon with an endless repertoire of faces (sultry, girlish, devious, ravishing, vacant). The film might actually be more worthwhile, and would certainly be more bearable, with the sound off, sparing us the interminable feather-headed nattering of its deliberately shallow, narcissistic characters, and allowing us to concentrate more fully on the thespic acrobatics of Watts, who, through the character of struggling, stubborn, wayward Ellie Parker, is afforded a chance to show off her near-freakish ability at sudden metamorphosis, going from harried phone-talking California twit to foul-mouthed gum-chomping Jersey girl and back, working the shift, the brakes like a race-car driver navigating the twists and turns of Watkins Glen. It's a show-off performance but Watts is not a show-off, she occupies the character of Ellie Parker fully, never tipping her hand. Her commitment to the role is commendable, her willingness to place herself in absurd situations, to unmask herself a little (some of Ellie's struggles are no doubt culled from Watts' own biography), but it's all in service of material that's not worthy of her, that cheapens her accomplishment, diminishes her. It's a thin gruel of a movie, lacking in insight, full of scenes that don't go anywhere, shot like a film student making an audition reel.


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