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Hollywood Buddha (2003)



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Philippe Caland directs himself in Hollywood Buddha, a comedy about spirituality and show-business success. Philippe (Caland) is a producer who has been unable to get anyone to buy the film he finished five years before and is living in a tent while construction continues to be delayed on his dream house. In debt to his brother, the bank, and the construction crew building his home, Philippe turns to Jim (Jim Stewart), a Buddhist spiritual advisor. Jim tells Philippe to possess a specific sculpture of the Buddha. Once Philippe has the statue, his fortunes make a marked turn for the better. Hollywood Buddha was screened at the 2003 Avignon Film Festival.
Comedy , Drama
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Philippe Caland
as Philippe
Michel Nahas
as Michel
Theo Cardan
as Para Kapur
Susan Knego
as Susan
Steve Siegel
as The Rock
Betsy Clark
as Betsy
Hugette Caland
as Huguette (Mom)
Martine Male
as Martine
Pierre Caland
as Pierre
Adam Sherman
as Senator (Bum)
Philip Dixon
as Master Atchoum
Edward Lin
as Eddie (Investor)
Lucio Niccolodi
as Lucio (Invester)
Bonnie Lynne
as Bonnie (New Victim)
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Critic Reviews for Hollywood Buddha

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (6)

Caland is effortlessly cool as the half-charming, half-annoying wannabe (he'd make an ideal Euro-baddie in a thriller), and the film is all the funnier because it's played totally straight.

March 18, 2005
New York Post
Top Critic

This off-putting satire is a jumble of misguided ideas that gather like lint in the navel of self-obsessed director Philippe Caland.

Full Review… | March 18, 2005
New York Daily News
Top Critic

[A] self-important tale of woe.

Full Review… | March 17, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

The movie, as an exercise in narcissism, is breathtaking.

Full Review… | March 15, 2005
Village Voice
Top Critic

Hollywood Buddha isn't remotely funny or pointed enough to qualify as satire.

Full Review… | September 30, 2004
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

At once a woefully overfamiliar bashing of Hollywood superficiality and a seemingly unwitting paean to the self-absorbed enlightenment that passes among industry folk for personal growth.

September 22, 2004
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

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