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
R (adult situations/language, nudity, sex, violence)
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Douglas Spain
as Carlos
Kandeyce Jorden
as Jennifer
as Annette Murphy
Martha Velez
as Teresa
Lysa Flores
as Maria
Robin Thomas
as Martin
Vincent Chandler
as Juancito
Al Vicente
as Fred
Kandeyce Jensen
as Jennifer
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
Luis Fernando Guizar
as Star Map Boy
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
Doug Kieffer
as Waiter
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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

Full Review… | January 31, 2007

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

Full Review… | June 12, 2003

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

February 2, 2003

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

Full Review… | December 31, 1999

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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February 17, 2007
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Audience Reviews for Star Maps

[size=2]I'm beginning the rather lengthy task of entering into the database every film I have seen, at least those I have a decent memory of. Some may have the briefest of reviews while many will just have a number. Those films that I consider personal favorites and/or those that have some historical signficance I will add later when I have time for more lengthy reviews. [b]Star Maps[/b], directed by Miguel Arteta, is the story of male prostitutes who work in Los Angeles under the guise of "map sellers" of Hollywood stars homes. [b]What About Bob[/b], directed by Frank Oz, stars Bill Murray as a neurotic man obsessed with phobias. Richard Dreyfuss plays his psychologist. [b]When A Man Loves A Woman[/b], directed by Luis Mandoki, stars Meg Ryan and Andy Garcia as a married couple wrecked by her alcholism. [b]Fled[/b], directed by Kevin Hooks, stars Lawrence Fishburn and Stephen Baldwin as escaping convicts who hate each other. [/size]

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