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If there's a movie that subverts expectations more than Starlet, I'm at a loss to tell you what it is. This movie brilliantly dodges all the cliches and side steps the tropes we've come to expect from an odd couple story and allows the friendship between the two leads to grow in a way not often seen in film...truly organically.
A great movie about marginal Angelenos in the 21st century, it's like an update of The Day of the Locust.
complex and three dimensional satirical accuracy..
Starlet is a character driven drama about a friendship that is bred with not so innocent incident but is undeniably one, to the core. It is surprisingly hilarious with smart humoristic sequences that works as an anecdote to the rest of the heavy material offered for the rest of the part.
The subjective procedure of the bonding is completely fresh for the viewers, as it doesn't follow the usual tactics to communicate, with a newer structure that is intriguing enough to invest in it. The characteristics of each character is one of its strength as it is mesmerizing to encounter it on screen when it enfolds into this behemoth complex and three dimensional satirical accuracy.
Its poetic tone somewhat resembles with the short stories that are usually narrated to the younger ones and to experience the tale on screen told with such mature take, leaves the audience in an awe of it. The background score is almost non-existent but the viewers never misses it and the credit goes to Baker's fine skills.
Jaw dropping cinematography and stunning visuals and locations with bright and breezy colors and fine editing decorates this feature into a soothing ride. Hemingway is convincing throughout the course with Johnson's amazing portrayal as a savior of the protagonist and on the other hand, Maeve's strong character that she justifies with her performance.
Armed with such bold and gritty script, Baker marches on forward with his majestic execution skills that respects the mannerism of the genre. The mutual topic that the lead characters discuss about, a darker theme that actually seeks attention and brilliant execution are the high points of the feature.
Starlet might not be the game changer but it certainly leaves the impression on you that might not easily be eradicated.
a decent story ruined by the use of explicit pornograpghic sex scenes .The main character works in the adult film industry and we are shown that in explicit detail .The movie is harold and maude for 2012 but with a porn twist .With all the porn in todays day and age at available access at your fingertips and for free why cheapen your movie with it ? very brow beatind and ham handedly .The film maker had a decent thing going til he through that in just goes to show how low brow he is and how low brow audience who praises this filth is .Sean baker did and interview and was asked about why he put those scenes in he gave a knee jerk response by saying .if the actors are ok with it hes ok with it it wasnt the actors decision to put it in there what a tool bag and unwiped ass he is .No one cares about the plot in a porno why should they care about it when theres porn in the plot .This is why hollywood is in the toilet and run by perverts and filled with degenerates because garbage like this gets produced and praised .I give this a one star because the story itself was interesting enough but beyond that it was pretentious trash better off just watching harold n maude instead dont waste your time with this swill .this film doesnt deserve attention or kudos for producing trash like this
A thoughtful, heartfelt work of joy, grace, and love. Like Baker's other post-recession works-I've yet to see his first three films-this delightful little wonder pulls back the covers on an underrepresented, socially outcast segment of sex workers, highlighting their world with empathy, finding the lightness and color within a somewhat abject existence. Starring a mix nonprofessional actors, adult film actors, and young burgeoning actors, the film bubbles with energy and life as it explores one of the most peculiar cinematic friendships since Harold & Maude.
good movie about a girl who befriends an elderly woman. interesting that they decided to put their lives at opposite ends of the spectrum. Young vs old. rich vs. poor. entertaining movie.
Starlet does one of the most convincing jobs I've seen of portraying an unexpected friendship, and easily reminds me of the times when I got to know and like someone I wouldn't expect someone like me to get to know or like.
Very indie, but mostly in a good way. Unsentimental, avoids stereotypes, cliches and predictability, holding up well throughout. No major weak points, and with a thought provoking ending.
Baker has a knack for turning the ordinary into eye candy and, despite his fixation on mean-spirited characters who work within the sex industry and the ill-fitting, explicit sex scenes he has them display, "Starlet" has a heart at it's center and passes by in a breeze.
It's a fun bit of indie fun: worth the time but no new ground tilled.