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Celebrity

3.4 out of 5 stars 77 customer reviews

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With an incredible all-star cast, this critically-acclaimed comedy takes a hysterical look at the pleasures and pitfalls of fortune and fame. Following their divorce, the lives of a restless writer and his inhibited ex-wife take off in outrageously unpredictable directions. While Lee (Kenneth Branagh) explores the wilder side of his newfound freedom, Robin (Judy Davis) begins an improbable transformation from neurotic schoolteacher to high-profile TV talk show host. Whether it's partying with supermodels, sexy encounters with movie stars or interviews with the cream of high society, Celebrity offers you a riotous excuse to rub shoulders with the kind of people we love to celebrate.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Kenneth Branagh, Leonardo DiCaprio, Judy Davis
  • Directors: Woody Allen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 14, 2012
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006GL8MUW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,574 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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Why do people keep expecting everything from Woody Allen to be "funny"? Like "Stardust Memories" or any number of his other movies, I would consider "Celebrity" more of a drama than a comedy. Yes, there are funny scenes, but there's more to it, I think. I didn't love the movie on first viewing, but I enjoy it more each time I see it. If you give it a chance and listen to what the director tells Melanie Griffith at the beginning about the "human condition", and how that relates to Kenneth Branagh (who I did NOT find annoying) at the end; and look deeper than Leonardo DiCaprio's small part, I think you'll find more than just jokes (or the absence thereof).
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Kenneth Branagh is delightful in this film. Forget about Woody Allen for a moment and appreciate the performance (ask yourself if anyone could have done it better). I couldn't stop laughing! Every line of dialogue in this film is worth catching, Judy Davis is fantastic, and it's just a genuinely entertaining movie. The one star and two star ratings are ridiculous. Typical of arm-chair critics to blast a film when it doesn't fit the expected Allen mold. This is an excellent film, great dialogue, enjoyable plot.
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While the movie itself was pretty uneventful and seemed to drag, the absolute magnificence of Kenneth Branagh's performance made it worth watching. I think what a couple of previous reviewers may have missed is that the male lead was written by Woody for Woody. He, thankfully, had the wisdom to know he would not be able to believably play that role--with Charlize and Winona falling all over him. So, he got someone else to play him for him. Kenneth does a remarkable Woody Allen. The argument in the park is a prime example. So to the reviewer who said that leading men in Woody Allen films should stop trying to be Woody, please realize that sometimes that is the whole intent, and realizing that can make the whole film richer.
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"Celebrity" is one of Woody's best, and most under appreciated and also unjustly attacked films. The production is first rate, the characters diverse, and the acting -- from Kenneth Branagh, Judy Davis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Melanie Griffith, Joe Mantegna -- as good as in any Allen film. It is a wonderful and highly observant film, that seems to offend many for reasons that no one seems able to really express, other than by resorting to vituperative adjectives and hand wringing.

As far as I can tell, it offends some people because it is thought to be "more of the same" late "Manhattan" period Allen ensemble work -- pity Mozart if he had been cranking out symphonies for these complainers; it is thought to be annoying because Kenneth Branagh does what is, really, a wonderful Allen impression, Woody being too old by the time was made to play the lead in the story; because the characters are more fully developed, and so perhaps more subtle and less immediately amusing, versions of the classic Allen character types that, by the time the film was made, had become well known to audiences impatient for novelty and new amusements from Allen; because, perhaps, many solid middle American types have such an instinctive and deep seated hatred for the particular New York types that populate Allen films that this film evidently pushed the buttons of those audience members to extremes that mandated vicious opining in revenge; and, perhaps, last but not least, because Allen films tend to attract either comedy lovers who are put off by misanthropic elements, or misanthropes who are put off by overly human and flawed characters that don't live up to their notions of worthiness, or which make light of misanthropic virtues.

There's a reason Woody made Stardust Memories, also one of his finest films.
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The expectations are higher when an artist like Woody Allen makes a movie. If some no-talent little jerk with dirty hair made this, you'd all be falling over each other to meet the next Great Young Director.
As it is, I will admit its not Woody's greatest effort, but it certainly is not as bad as most of you are making it out to be.
And I agree that Leonardo is great and he stands out - his scene is classic Woody. Winona Ryder and Famke Janssen and Charlize are gorgeous and its all good, as far as I am concerned.
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By A Customer on May 18, 2000
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When I first saw CELEBRITY, I hated it just as much as most of my fellow reviewers. But, I'm a die hard Allen fan, so I saw it again. The film seemed different the second time, the message seemed more defined, but it wasn't like it had changed since the last time. The difference, I knew when it was going to end. The first time it seems to drag on and on . . and on. But the second time round, you are free to listen and absorb everything a lot easier. This is a great movie, with an excelent cast and some hilarious moments.
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By A Customer on September 23, 1999
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This movie does go on for abit long but it takes an interesting look at the downfalls of fame and fortune. The highlight of this movie is Leonardo DiCaprio's wondeful performance as a sex, and drug crazed movie star. It is unfair if not wrong to say that he is playing himself though. Anybody who has said that and does not even know what they are talking should think twice. It is very unfair to assume that. The acting is great by everyone who is in this movie. If you are a fan of the cinema and want to see an interesting film than I suggest this.
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