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Everybody's Famous! (2001)

Everybody's Famous!

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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 52
Fresh: 28
Rotten: 24

Critics Consensus: Though some critics consider Everybody Famous too lightweight to have deserved a slot among the Academy Awards foreign film nominations, this whacky satire of the cult of celebrity makes for loopy, cheerful fun.

Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 21
Fresh: 11
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: Though some critics consider Everybody Famous too lightweight to have deserved a slot among the Academy Awards foreign film nominations, this whacky satire of the cult of celebrity makes for loopy, cheerful fun.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 1,342

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Movie Info

Just how far should a father go to help his daughter gain fame and fortune? Jean (Josse De Pauw) lives in a working-class Belgian community, where he holds down a job at a bottle factory with his friend Willy (Werner De Smedt). Jean and his wife Chantal (Gert Portael) have a teenage daughter, Marva (Eva van der Gucht), who like her father, is interested in music; Jean likes to write songs in his spare time, while Marva dreams of becoming a singer. But Jean's songs don't seem to impress anyone … More

Rating:
R (for some sexuality/nudity)
Genre:
Musical & Performing Arts , Art House & International , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Dominique Deruddere
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Nov 13, 2001
Runtime:
Miramax Films


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Critic Reviews for Everybody's Famous!

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (24) | DVD (2)

The ideas are not pushed nearly as far or with as much success as they are in, for example, King Of Comedy, The Icicle Thief (the 1989 Italian comedy) or even Ed TV, for that matter.

Full Review… | August 10, 2001
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Often loses focus and wanders, unsure of where it wants to go.

Full Review… | July 27, 2001
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

A funny idea in search of a funny execution.

Full Review… | July 27, 2001
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Who in the world is in charge of foreign film Oscar nominations? And what hints of greatness did they see in this artlessly benign little comedy?

Full Review… | July 26, 2001
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

An entertaining enough oddity, goosed by the added interest of its report on the high level of acting talent from Belgium.

Full Review… | July 20, 2001
Detroit News
Top Critic

The movie ... was one of this year's Oscar nominees for best foreign film, leading one to wonder what films were passed over to make room for it.

Full Review… | July 19, 2001
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

With so many great documentaries and foreign films each year, why does the Academy so often come up with second-rate choices in these two categories?

Full Review… | November 14, 2001
Internet Reviews

Everybody's Famous! starts out as a triumphant commentary on what it takes to achieve celebrity and the wealth it promises. But as the film progresses, it becomes wildly tedious and wacky.

Full Review… | November 2, 2001
Filmcritic.com

De Pauw has one of those soulful, comedically inclined faces that invites instant empathy, and the rest of the cast is likewise well chosen.

Full Review… | November 2, 2001
Orlando Weekly

You have to like a movie that, in its rosy denouement, proclaims giddily, 'It's a great day for Flemish showbiz!'

Full Review… | August 14, 2001
Jam! Movies

Dominique Deruddere's film is at heart all soft and squishy.

Full Review… | August 10, 2001
Kansas City Star

Yes, I admit it, the film's corny, but there's nothing wrong with this can of sweet, imported niblets.

Full Review… | August 6, 2001
Nitrate Online

These themes have been handled with more depth on I Love Lucy and The Brady Bunch.

August 2, 2001
San Francisco Examiner

Deruddere muddles the film by not allowing much variation in mood.

August 2, 2001
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The performances are ... flat, unfunny and uninvolving.

July 27, 2001
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Perky but spineless.

Full Review… | July 27, 2001
San Diego Union-Tribune

Writer-director Deruddere pads his cynicism with sugar. The mixture doesn't work.

Full Review… | July 27, 2001
Oregonian

A sweet and heartwarming story even as it celebrates and justifies the entire ridiculous phenomenon that Deruddere has been spoofing all along.

Full Review… | July 20, 2001
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

An amiable and generally entertaining, albeit small scale picture.

Full Review… | July 20, 2001
Screen It!

Synthetic, bubble-headed.

Full Review… | July 19, 2001
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for Everybody's Famous!

Everybody's Famous is an Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film with plot on fame and stardom bordering ridiculous and stupid, but still sweet, likable, and funny.

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Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

The ending will have you cheering for the characters, and was pretty moving and honest for a comedy; but honestly, this took a lot of time to start going anywhere, and there are a lot of cookie cutter roles.

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