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Everybody's Famous!

Everybody's Famous! (2001)

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

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.

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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 10

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.

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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

Nov 13, 2001

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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.

August 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Often loses focus and wanders, unsure of where it wants to go.

July 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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A funny idea in search of a funny execution.

July 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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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?

July 26, 2001 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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An entertaining enough oddity, goosed by the added interest of its report on the high level of acting talent from Belgium.

July 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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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.

July 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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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?

November 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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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.

November 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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.

November 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

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

August 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

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

August 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

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

August 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
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.

July 27, 2001 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

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

July 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

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

July 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

An amiable and generally entertaining, albeit small scale picture.

July 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Screen It!
Screen It!

Synthetic, bubble-headed.

July 19, 2001 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.
September 10, 2011
Jan Marc Macababayao

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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.
April 25, 2006
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