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  • Actors: Josse De Pauw, Eva Van Der Gucht, Wener De Smedt, Thelka Reuten, Victor Low
  • Directors: Dominique Deruddere
  • Writers: Dominique Deruddere
  • Producers: Dominique Deruderre, Loret Meus
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Dutch, English, Spanish
  • 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: LIONSGATE
  • DVD Release Date: January 6, 2012
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005OSLR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,380 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Everybody's Famous!" on IMDb

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Funny and inspiring, this widely acclaimed comedy takes an original look at just how far some people will go for fame! Jean is an ordinary family man and factory worker who is certain that his only child, Marva, is destined to become a famous singing star. If only Jean could catch a break... and if only Marva could be discovered! A truly hilarious treat honored with an Academy Award nomination as Best Foreign Language Film (2000)- you'll be delighted to follow the unexpectedly outrageous steps Jean takes to make their dream a reality

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This terrific, heartfelt Belgian comedy won a much-deserved Academy Award® nomination for Best Foreign Language Film in 2000. Jean dreams of giving his daughter Marva a better life than the endless slog in the factory for which he fears she's destined. He does everything he can to launch her to singing stardom, but Marva, shy and overweight, finds the contests she enters humiliating and can barely conceal her contempt for Jean (as well as the songs he composes for her). Then fate comes along in the guise of beautiful singing star Debbie and a few sleeping pills Jean has handy. For all its broad comedy plotting, Everybody's Famous has a shining, gentle spirit and offers a touching portrait of proud fatherhood, including moving little moments such as Jean sitting on the concrete and listening through a window just to hear his daughter sing. This movie is so charming you can't help but enjoy it. --Ali Davis

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Following was quite simple and the story line was really great.
Alexandra Ahlfinger
All the more better if you have spent some time in Belgium as many of the scenes and humor are typically Flemish and will then hit you harder.
Nigel A. DeCoster
I've watched it over and over, and it is still hilarious every time!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Frank Elliott on February 7, 2009
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This improbable yarn exposes the natural tendency in all cultures to bring forward the beautiful people and raise them to god like status-so money can be made, of course. The theory being, if they are pretty to look at,and talented, then we can place them before a large audience and then we will all go home laughing all the way to the bank-because we all insist on pretty people to look at, don't we? "American Idol" is a perfect case in point-my how pretty. But boy can they act like they're 5 years old! At first I thought Simon Cowell was excessively rude-insulting these kids before millions of viewers. Those kids will Never get over that as long as they live. But then on the other hand, a goodly percentage of them have no clue that they are given a multi-million dollar opportunity for free (most tragic of all is the simple fact they seem to have no clue whatsoever that they have awful voices ,and sing off key! And when booted off, immediately attempt the crying, whining pleading...like a 5 year old ) Contrary to their haughty little preteen mentalities, they do not deserve it. On any given morning on Good Morning America, it is ALL about the pretty people, the fabulous, charming, happy, slender, smiling stars. Here, in this movie is a refreshing relief from worshiping the pretty- a poor, ugly sap of a father living in a purely functional, dead plain and simple world,- translate ugly, flat, urban landscape, with not a trace of elegant architectural design, or sartorial taste anywhere - loses his meaningless job at the crumbling, rusty, tacky factory, just to go the the tacky pub, and then home to his ordinary home, and wife...and homely daughter who loves to sing. In a kind of fit of desperation, he devises a scheme to kidnap one of the famous starlets his daughter admires on TV.Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on June 14, 2003
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In looking at the blue-haired Debbie on the cover, one might think, "Oh great, a bimbo picture for teenagers and young people." Think again--this is a quirky but refreshing feature from Belgium, set in Flanders. And by the way, Debbie's actually a stunning brunette with a great personality.
As for our cover girl, that's Debbie, the #1 pop sensation who's sold more records than the Beatles, Elvis, and Michael Jackson combined. Yet she seems more interested in car mechanics rather than singing, much to the chagrin of her promoter Michael.
Jean Vereecken, a worker at a bottle factory in his mid-forties, has dreams of becoming a songwriter, and thinks his daughter Marva is a talented singer. He writes songs for her but his efforts are underappreciated by his down-to-earth wife Chantal and totally unappreciated by Marva, who is irritated. Part of that comes from a lack of confidence. She is nineteen, a bit on the portly side, isn't exactly fashion model pretty, and doesn't have much of a life. Consequently, she gets low marks at the lookalike singing contests.
A crisis comes when the bottle factory goes bankrupt and all the workers get the sack. What to do? Jean's unemployment will cause him to lose more face in the eyes of his family. Jean's younger co-worker Willy, is financially supporting his girlfriend Liz, who is going to college. Any genuine feelings towards him are conspicuous by their absence. His unemployment means Liz will have to pay her own way, and that's the last thing he wants.
It's only when Debbie meets the downtrodden Jean that things begin to click a notch, and sets into motion a hairbrained scheme that draws in Willy and Michael.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Anderson on December 1, 2003
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"Everybody's Famous" is one of the best films released in 2000. It rightfully earned an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film(Belgium). Its plot is highly catchy and funny. Its highly creative scenes keep everyone's interest the whole time. Its plot about a father, whose family is in poverty, who will do anything to make his daughter famous keeps everyone's eyes wide open, especially while he's taking action. The plot of the #1 singing sensation's kidnapping builds to a fine climax and conlusion. In average movies, such chain of events would never work. The writer's brilliance makes every scene fit as one movie. The acting is wonderful. Everyone offers their own humor and seriousness in the right times. The song "Lucky Manuelo" has a great unforgettable rhythm that should have become a hit in real life. "Everybody's Famous" is a great comedy for those looking for something unique. This will please many during and after viewing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brad on September 1, 2004
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I rented this movie the other night, and I wasn't sure if it'd like it, being that it's a foreign flim. I thought it might be hard to understand and very boring. But I couldn't have been more wrong. The only real reason I picked it up was because of it's Oscar nomination, and I'm glad I did. It wasn't hard to understand at all and wasn't the little bit boring. The story is about a loving father would is desperate to do to anything to make his daughter a star. Including kidnapping the country's most popular singer. And what are his demands? Making the singer's producer make a hit song for his daughter. The story is adorable and humorous, and I recommend it to everybody.
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