Ellie Parker

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Despite some poignant commentary about struggling actors and Naomi Watts' inspired performance, Ellie Parker stutters in making the transition from short to feature length.

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An aspiring actress from Australia, Ellie Parker (Naomi Watts), lives a hectic Hollywood lifestyle, perpetually trying to land the role that will elevate her career. Living with her lothario musician boyfriend, Justin (Mark Pellegrino), Ellie is far from happy, finding support primarily from her friend Sam (Rebecca Rigg). When Ellie meets Chris (Scott Coffey) after a minor traffic accident, she sees new potential for both romance and her life in general.

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  • Jun 23, 2008
    As a fan of Naomi Watts I had to see this so called comedy about life in Hollywood. Watts is amazing as usual and manages to keep the movie interesting. I wouldn't call it a comedy though - there is a few fun moments but I think it's more of a half-serious documentary that portrays how acting can be in Hollywood. Due to the limited, though fitting and effective, cinematography and the simplicity of the story the grade can only be average.
    Stefan P Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2008
    I really liked Naomi Watts in this film, but I'm convinced that she and Nicole Kidman are THE SAME PERSON. The audition scenes were really uncomfortable to watch, only because they were so true. The story dragged on a bit at some points, and I think the film would have been better if it were shorter. And the filming style was heinously bad in some scenes. Even indie film-makers should obey some basic framing laws, otherwise it just looks very high school. Anyway, the performances are the main thing and Naomi was great. I felt really sad for her at the end.
    Robert F Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2008
    Really entertaining, experimental piece of work with a beyond good performance by Naomi Watts.
    Michael S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 15, 2007
    [font=Century Gothic]There are many actors who pass through Hollywood without becoming stars or making much of an impact. To think if it had not been for the unique trajectory of "Mullholland Drive," Naomi Watts might have been one of them, despite her great talent. In "Ellie Parker," Watts plays the title character, a struggling Australian actress, constantly driving from audition to audition in Hollywood, until she finds her musician boyfriend(Mark Pellegrino) in bed with another woman, followed by her being involved in a fender bender.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]I have a great deal of empathy for struggling actors as events in "Ellie Parker" remind me of when I was unemployed and going to interviews non-stop. Ellie has an interesting pathology of not being comfortable in her own skin which might explain her wanting to be an actress and occasionally dressing up for auditions but there is not much depth or story in the film. It is odd that Ellie has no visible means of support(she does not have a day job like her friend, Sam(Rebecca Rigg)). And a star vehicle such as this can only make a modest production which was shot on digital video rather unwieldy.[/font]
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