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  • Actors: Joe A. Giamalva, Ron Jeremy, Marc Cushman, Ryan James, Susan Osborn
  • Directors: Marc Cushman
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MUSIC VIDEO DIST.
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CIOCGW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,887 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Desperately Seeking Paul McCartney" on IMDb

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August, 1965. Ruth Anson, a teenage-reporter for ABC-TV news, is covering the 'teen-beat.' One of her first interviews: the Beatles, where she asks a young Paul McCartney if he has any plans for marriage. His response, "Only if you'll marry me." Forty years later, Ruth, in search of "closure," obsessively attempts to reconnect with McCartney. "Help" is provided by an opportunist film director who sees Ruth's personal quest as a golden opportunity to reach his professional heights. He assigns a camera-crew to follow Ruth as she, in turn, follows McCartney. But it's not long before the director realizes this 'serious documentary' could just turn into a money-pit with limited marketability. And then he has a brainstorm: in the spirit of reality-TV, he manipulates his production to become more entertaining ... and far more embarrassing for the unsuspecting Ruth.

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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Phaeton on September 30, 2008
Format: DVD
This film has no involvement, musically or otherwise from the Beatles, except for archival newsreel footage. The idea is that its director will turn ex reporter Ruth Anson's idea to re-connect with Paul McCartney after he made a facetious marriage proposal to her during an interview decades ago into a joke on Anson's age, desperation and "out of it-ness". Supposedly Anson is in on the joke but it seems more like she was too deeply invested in the project and too fearful of not seeming like a good sport to withdraw when it took that change in direction. The positive reviews on this site must have come from people involved in the project. The film is tedious and boring. It is never ever funny and it is despicably mean. To try to ameliorate its cruelty by claiming it to be a mockumentary is a futile and transparent gesture. There is absolutely nothing here for fans of the Beatles, music or film. A complete and utterly vile undertaking that should never have seen the light of day.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Brown on August 15, 2008
Format: DVD
This movie won the Audience Favorite award as Best Picture at Mockfest 2008. In part, it may be a mockumentary, but much here is clearly true. In August 1965, live on ABC news, Paul McCartney jokingly proposed to 18 year old TV reporter Ruth Anson. This movie opens with that clip. Many things in Ruth's life changed as a result of the proposal. We see that, too. And we see how, more than 40 years later, Ruth is obsessed over reconnecting with McCartney and finding "closure." A film director backs the mad plan and sends a camera crew along with Ruth on her quest. Much happens, both funny and sad. And there is conflict between Ruth and the director. She wants McCartney; he wants to exploit the situation. The end result reveals what goes on behind closed doors of Reality TV and documentary film making. The ending is not to be believed, but should be. It's true, too. And very insightful. As a bonus, from the soundtrack, 12 original Beatles-like songs in their full-length, with music videos - perhaps the best Bealtes album the Beatles never made!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Brown on August 15, 2008
Format: DVD
This movie won the Audience Favorite award as Best Picture at Mockfest 2008. In part, it may be a mockumentary, but much here is clearly true. In August 1965, live on ABC news, Paul McCartney jokingly proposed to 18 year old TV reporter Ruth Anson. This movie opens with that clip. Many things in Ruth's life changed as a result of the proposal. We see that, too. And we see how, more than 40 years later, Ruth is obsessed over reconnecting with McCartney and finding "closure." A film director backs the mad plan and sends a camera crew along with Ruth on her quest. Much happens, both funny and sad. And there is conflict between Ruth and the director. She wants McCartney; he wants to exploit the situation. The end result reveals what goes on behind closed doors of Reality TV and documentary film making. The ending is not to be believed, but should be. It's true, too. And very insightful. As a bonus, from the soundtrack, 12 original Beatles-like songs in their full-length, with music videos - perhaps the best Bealtes album the Beatles never made!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Suzy Q on August 26, 2008
Format: DVD
I saw this at a film festival and loved it. It's a funny documentary, with great original music (that really sounds like the Beatles), and it actually has a story arch - unlike "My Date With Drew" (which people tend to compare it to). Who doesn't wonder, "If only I had (fill in the blank)." Ruth Anson had a good one that she let get away - Paul McCartney asked her to marry him on national TV!!! Forty years later she's thinking about it (probably a mid-life crisis symptom) and happens to mention it to an opportunist director who thinks he can make a fast buck by using Ruth to get Paul McCartney in a film. Ruth is game, as she's desperate to reconnect with Paul, and so the journey begins - but the journey doesn't go in the direction either Ruth or the director think it will. I'm not going to give away what goes on after that, but I will tell you it's funny, it's sweet, it's poignant, and it's got an ending anyone can relate to even if Paul McCartney never proposed to you. I highly recommend this movie.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Chapman on October 3, 2008
Format: DVD
I chose "Desperately Seeking Paul McCartney" because of its title and cover, and I hoped it contained some footage of McCartney that I had not seen before. Something miraculously discovered by a fan on a Betamax video that had been sitting on a shelf for 25 years or more.

Fifteen minutes into the movie, I realized that wasn't going to happen. But what was happening was intriguing. I didn't know where the story was going, but I wasn't about to hit the stop button because the director wasn't fulfilling MY fantasy of never-seen footage. The movie was becoming a mixture of documentary, mockumentary, reality TV and the Jerry Springer show on a tame day. I thought I might catch a glimpse of Gypsy Boots in the bg.

I couldn't decide if Ruth Anson, McCartney's pursuer, was in on the movie's joke. I still honestly don't know... but that isn't important. She is trying to fulfill her fantasy and reconnect with Paul with this outrageous cast of characters - straight out of Dante's Inferno, Queer Eye For the Straight Guy, Harold and Maude and others who live on the margin and follow her on her quest.

While I was a little disappointed that there wasn't a score of Beatle songs, that would have been out of sync with the rest of the movie. The movie was "Desperately Seeking Paul McCartney," not "Here is Paul McCartney." The sound tracks reminded me of some of the Beatle's songs yet sometimes they seemed to conflict with the mood of the scene, at other times, enhance it.

The funniest part of the movie was the unexpected appearance of porn star Ron Jeremy entering the Grammy awards - what a stroke of luck! The director and Jeremy obviously knew each other.
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