Everybody's Famous! (2001)

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Critic 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.

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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 but Willy, and while Marva has a good voice, she's overweight, has little charisma, and seems a poor prospect for success in show business. When the bottle factory is shut down, both Jean and Willy are thrown into dire circumstances, and Jean is trying to figure out how to support his family when his car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. He is offered a ride by a friendly stranger, whom Jean soon recognizes as Debbie (Thekla Reuten), a well-known pop singer. In a flash of ill-advised inspiration, Jean gives Debbie a heavily drugged beverage, and after she passes out, he spirits her away to a cottage in the woods. He then contacts Debbie's manager (Victor Low), informing him that he has the star hidden away -- and if he ever wants to see her again, Marva has to be given a chance to sing on national television. Iedereen Beroemd! was shown in competition at the 2000 Venice Film Festival.
Rating:
R (for some sexuality/nudity)
Genre:
Art House & International , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts
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Studio:
Miramax Films

Cast

Josse De Pauw
as Jean Vereecken
Eva van der Gucht
as Marva Vereecken
Werner De Smedt
as Willy van Outreve
Thekla Reuten
as Debbie
Victor Löw
as Michael Jansen
Gert Portael
as Chantal Vereecken
Alice Reys
as Lies
Steve Ryckier
as Julio Iglesias imitation
Olivier Ythier
as Freddy Mercury imitation
François Beukelaers
as NTO Director
Hein Sienkiewicz
as Otis Redding imitation
Deen Van der Zaken
as State Police warrant officer
Marc Didden
as Talk Show Director
Heidi Verheyden
as State Police officer
Viko Cockx
as State Police officer
Frank Iwens
as State Police officer
Lut Hannes
as Friend
Mario Despiegeleer
as State Police officer
Filip Peeters
as State Police Officer
Christophe Vercoullie
as State Police officer
Matthias Sercu
as Jim Poppe
Gunter Van Den Bergh
as State Police officer
Wouter Talon
as State Police officer
Alain Van Goethem
as "Green Room" Singers
Michel Van Herck
as State Police officer
Wim Opbroeck
as Rik de Visser
Sylke Aerts
as Greet
Caroline Rottier
as Hair Stylist
Hilt de Vos
as Woman on talk show
Sylvia Claes
as Announcer
Christian Nolens
as Newscaster
Miriam Thys
as Newscaster
Tanja Cloeck
as Singer in restroom
Carl Ridders
as Producer
Per Eggers
as Neighbor
Siegred Vincke
as Teacher
Damiaan Deschrijver
as State Police Spokesperson
Jan Roos
as "Song Organ" Director
Ivo Kuyl
as Pharmacist
Annick Vandercruyssen
as "Lonesome Zorra" Sound Mixer
Silvia Anglade
as Spanish Newscaster
Mieke Verdin
as Psychiatrist
Guy Dermul
as Host 1
Max Thijsen
as Host 2
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Critic Reviews for Everybody's Famous!

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (21)

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Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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

July 27, 2001
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

A funny idea in search of a funny execution.

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?

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.

July 20, 2001
Detroit News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Everybody's Famous!

Surprisingly good! Hilarious! i confess that I wasn't expecting much about this movie, but luckily I was wrong and I'm glad I watched this. I can see why it received a best foreign film nomination at the Oscars.

Bruno Lot
Bruno Lot

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.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

You may be too cynical for this film, or too stupid. You may also have no soul, and maybe no love for people. You'll find this a very heart warming film if you aren't, and do. Feel good.

James Lipo
James Lipo

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