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The Marc Pease Experience

The Marc Pease Experience (2009)

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33

Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 4

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audience

13

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Average Rating: 2.1/5
User Ratings: 1,787

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Movie Info

Ten years after graduation, a former high school musical superstar who insists on living in the past discovers that there's more to life than the bright lights of Broadway as his former teacher and mentor prepares for a particularly chaotic opening-night performance. Jason Schwartzman and Ben Stiller star in a comedy co-scripted by Jacob Koskoff and director Todd Louiso. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

PG-13,

Comedy

Jacob Koskoff, Todd Louiso

Nov 3, 2009

Paramount Vantage

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (10)

Like Schwartzman, Stiller devotes aptly excessive attention to the portrayal of a character too invested in trivial pursuits himself. It's the movie's one decent joke, but, in the absence of laughs, the most the actors can draw from it is a mere grin.

August 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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The film is an all-you-can-eat buffet of mediocrity. A spiraling vortex of boredom. A deflated Whoopee cushion.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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This is a slight and unessential picture, but its quirky, compassionate tone seems destined to attract a cult following, and members of high-school drama clubs everywhere will be riveted.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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The Marc Pease Experience is likable enough; it's just no Rushmore.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Consider: A bad movie about cheesy a cappella and awful musical theater. What could be more excruciating?

August 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's badly written and inertly directed, with actors who don't have a clue what drives their characters.

August 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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No character is worth caring about, worth pitying, worth paying attention to; no dilemma they face is too petty.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinematical
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No wonder Paramount Vantage decided to bury this.

August 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

Louiso's misfiring comedy feels less like a comic feast than a thrown-together assemblage of haphazardly nuked leftovers.

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

If anyone were going to like The Marc Pease Experience, it would be me, and I didn't.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

so bereft of anything close to humor that one wonders if it was even meant to be a comedy in the first place.

August 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

As pointless and obnoxious as someone pulling on your ears.

August 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
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Audience Reviews for The Marc Pease Experience

"Okay, here's what you don't understand: things just don't stay the same. Not on their own they don't. It's like grandma used to say: "If you leave the door wide open, everyone's just gonna walk right out." Just like Rob Gentry did!"

Former high school musical star, Marc Pease, finds himself still living in the past, eight years after graduating.

REVIEW
Often compared to Rushmore but is not exactly on the same level of Wes Anderson's earlier masterpiece, The Marc Pease Experience hits a couple of high notes with a playful Ben Stiller with the killer mane and Jason Schwartzman as Max Fisher-lite playing teacher and student respectively, Anna Kendrick also stars. The script is passable, its peppered with funny moments but fails to maintain its hilarity the whole way. The movie hits its high point when Jason's character Marc Pease serves as proxy to an injured performer and kills it with the closing musical number for "The Wiz".

Funny moments here and there but didn't exactly find its rhythm, The Marc Pease Experience is a watchable treat for those looking for a good night's chuckle.
November 17, 2009
LorenzoVonMatterhorn
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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The Marc Pease Experience is a typical underdog story with the atypical Schwartzman at the helm, producing a unique adventure into the life of what appear to be normal people. Without Stiller, Marc Pease would truly feel like the low budget film that it is, but with the star power Marc Pease comes off more like the film Election, with Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon. Regardless of what draws you to the film, The Marc Pease Experience remains a solid little comedic production.
November 2, 2010
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