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Star Maps (1997)

Star Maps (1997)

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This comedy-drama concerns a most unusual family of emigres, even by Hollywood standards. Douglas Spain stars as Carlos, a Mexican teenager who has just returned home to L.A. after starring in several low-budget films south of the border. His father, Pepe (Efrain Figueroa), is a Fagin-like pimp who manages a group of boy prostitutes who pose as sellers of maps to the stars' homes on Hollywood street corners. Pepe immediately sets his son to work doing the same, but Carlos has dreams of being a movie star. His goal takes a step closer to reality after he sleeps with Jennifer (Kandeyce Jensen), a soap opera actress who becomes enchanted with Carlos and orders her show's producers (one of whom is her husband) to write a part for the boy on the series. Once he's on his way to becoming a star, Carlos discovers that success has a price tag. Star Maps was the feature debut of writer-director Miguel Arteta, who went on to helm the short-lived series Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000) and his acclaimed second film, Chuck and Buck (2000), an audience favorite and Grand Jury Prize nominee at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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Cast

Letti
as Annette Murphy
Herbert Siguenza
as Cantinflas' Ghost
Jeff Sanna
as Frank Rivers
Jeff Michalski
as Stuart, Bartender
Beth Colt
as Lucy, Carmel County Stage Manager
Zak Penn
as Zak, Carmel County Writer
Mike White
as Michael, Carmel County Writer
Alejandro Parra
as Star Map Boy
Caesar Garcia
as Star Map Boy
Elvis Saint Hilaire
as Star Map Boy
Michael Peña
as Star Map Boy
Alisa Steen
as Linda, Carmel County Casting Director
Anna Padgett
as Lori, Nanny
Danny De La Paz
as Nunnally, Hotel Guard
Mark Beltzman
as Mr. Watt, Angry Customer
Hana Delaney
as Bel Air Woman
Bill Gordon
as Bel Air Man
Andrew Garcia
as Young Carlos
T.J. Forster
as Alex, Jennifer's Son
Kate Movius
as Carmel County Actress
Joshua Fardon
as Carmel County Actor
Adam Parker
as Man Mistaken for Customer
Joe Mayesh
as Guard at TV Studio Gate
Michael Caldwell
as Tourist Man
Rachel Winfree
as Tourist Woman
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Critic Reviews for Star Maps

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

Representing an uneasy balance of Latino melodrama and arthouse fare, the film tells a lurid story (about a patriarch who's a pimp to his son) in crude manner with occasional lyrical touches; Arteta's next feature will show whether he has real talent

January 31, 2007 | Rating: C | Full Review…

muddled film that never seems to be sure where it's heading

June 12, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Still Arteta's best film, with odd touches of magic realism and some great nude scenes by Kandeyce Jordan.

February 2, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

Simply isn't tightly enough written or plotted to be satisfying, despite some notable performances.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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