The Marc Pease Experience (2009)



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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.
PG-13 (for brief sexual material)
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Paramount Vantage

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Jason Schwartzman
as Marc Pease
Ben Stiller
as Jon Gribble
Anna Kendrick
as Meg Brickman
Jay Paulson
as Gerry
Kelen Coleman
as Stephanie
Cullen Moss
as Young Father
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Critic Reviews for The Marc Pease Experience

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (7)

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

Full Review… | August 27, 2009
AV Club
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 24, 2009
Top Critic

The film is an all-you-can-eat buffet of mediocrity. A spiraling vortex of boredom. A deflated Whoopee cushion.

Full Review… | August 21, 2009
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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
Miami Herald
Top Critic

The Marc Pease Experience is likable enough; it's just no Rushmore.

August 21, 2009
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Consider: A bad movie about cheesy a cappella and awful musical theater. What could be more excruciating?

Full Review… | August 20, 2009
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Audience Reviews for The Marc Pease Experience


An odd unfunny comedy that isn't unentertaining while at the same time not really entertaining either. The Marc Pease Experience is just one of those films that will be watched and than quickly forgotten and in a way being so plain isn't necessarily a good thing while not really being a bad thing. Stiller is not anywhere near his comical best which is a shame considering this film could have used a Stiller over the top performance if for nothing else than to make it stand apart.

Jonathan Porras
Jonathan Porras

The writers and directors should be fired for making such a convoluted film - the ending was terrible!

Jim Larrison
Jim Larrison

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.

Christopher Haskell
Christopher Haskell

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