Everybody's Famous!

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.



Total Count: 52


Audience Score

User Ratings: 1,354
User image

Everybody's Famous! Photos

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.

Watch it now


Josse De Pauw
as Jean Vereecken
Eva van der Gucht
as Marva Vereecken
Werner De Smedt
as Willy van Outreve
Victor Löw
as Michael Jansen
Gert Portael
as Chantal Vereecken
Steve Ryckier
as Julio Iglesias imitation
Olivier Ythier
as Freddy Mercury imitation
Hein Sienkiewicz
as Otis Redding imitation
Deen Van der Zaken
as State Police warrant officer
Heidi Verheyden
as State Police officer
Marc Didden
as Talk Show Director
Viko Cockx
as State Police officer
Lut Hannes
as Friend
Frank Iwens
as State Police officer
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
Michel Van Herck
as State Police officer
Alain Van Goethem
as "Green Room" Singers
Wim Opbroeck
as Rik de Visser
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
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
View All

Critic Reviews for Everybody's Famous!

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (24)

  • 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.

    Aug 10, 2001
  • Often loses focus and wanders, unsure of where it wants to go.

    Jul 27, 2001
  • A funny idea in search of a funny execution.

    Jul 27, 2001 | Rating: C-
  • 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?

    Jul 26, 2001
  • An entertaining enough oddity, goosed by the added interest of its report on the high level of acting talent from Belgium.

    Jul 20, 2001 | Rating: 2/4
  • 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.

    Jul 19, 2001 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Everybody's Famous!

  • Sep 10, 2011
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 25, 2006
    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.
    Curt C Super Reviewer

Everybody's Famous! Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features