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Hollywood Je T'aime (2009)

Eric Debets , Chad Allen , Jason Bushman  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eric Debets, Chad Allen
  • Directors: Jason Bushman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: WOLFE VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: December 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002Q02FRS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,569 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hollywood Je T'aime" on IMDb

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Polished crowd-pleaser likely to rank among the year's more popular gay pics. Variety

Enough pleasing vignettes to win us over. . .the same tasty spirit as Woody Allen's many homages to Manhattan. . .Lead actor Debets has an appealing deadpan presence. The Hollywood Reporter

HOLLYWOOD, JE T AIME is delightfully funny, hugely entertaining and unlike anything you ve ever seen!
Frameline, SF Film Festival

Will make you fall in love with LA all over again. OUTFEST, LA Film Festival --Wolfe

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After a breakup, gay Parisian Jerome impulsively books a solo Christmas vacation to Los Angeles. Like many before him, he plans to pursue his secret dream to become a movie star and, of course, to find love along with fame and fortune!

Completely naïve about what he is getting into, Jerome nonetheless hooks up with some colorful locals, and stumbles headlong into an acting role. Nothing about Hollywood quite matches Jerome s fantasies, however, and his misadventures are both hilarious and touching.

Bright, funny, honest and utterly charming, Hollywood, Je T'aime is a stunning debut for Director Jason Bushman. Eric Debets shines as Jerome; his classic look and an amusing ease with his own awkwardness are evocative of Buster Keaton and Marcel Marceau. Cast includes Eric Debets, Jonathan Blanc, Diarra Kilpatrick, Michael Airington and Chad Allen (Save Me, Third Man Out, Shock to the System, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Our House

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching once December 12, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Romantic comedy? I didn't see much romance or comedy. "Will make you fall in love with LA all over again"? It made LA look depressing and dirty to me. "Hugely entertaining"? Mildly entertaining, somewhat boring.

Good cinematology, fine acting, interesting characters. But when the movie was finished, we looked at each other and said, "What was the point?" A French gay man comes to LA, has a few experiences and meets a few people, most of whom aren't very pleasant, and then goes back home to Paris. Hang on, it's a rollercoaster of emotions! NOT!

"Hilarious and touching" I didn't find anything hilarious, and the only thing touching was Jerome's innocence, or perhaps the sad, sad people he encountered. I can say I did enjoy the few nude scenes in the movie; they almost made it worthwhile.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Smarting from a hurtful breakup with his twinkish lover, 29 year old Parisian Jerome (Eric Debets) decides a change of scenery is needed, so he decides to pursue his dream of going to Hollywood and try to become an actor. He takes a room at a seedy Hollywood hostel, takes the bus to the beach, where he meets Ross (Chad Allen), a stoner who hangs out at the beach and introduces Jerome to someone who gets him an audition for a commercial. In the interim, Jerome befriends a tranny prostitute and, through her, meets an older, bitter drag queen who lets him stay in a room at her big house in Silverlake. Jerome samples the gay nightlife, plays at a sex club, has countless flashbacks imagining his ex Gilles is with him, and gets very disillusioned with the prospects of staying in the States.

The film shows the gritty side of Los Angeles and West Hollywood, and I give it credit for being brutally honest in showing how Americans are often not welcoming of people from foreign countries. I'm guessing the filmmaker was going for a "Wizard of Oz" effect in having the film change from Black&White to Color when he left Paris, but the film was poorly edited throughout, in my opinion. I thought the characters were poorly developed and came across rather bland, especially Debets' deadpan, emotionless delivery. Chad Allen is wasted in his role, but Michael Airington steals a few scenes as Jerome's drag queen landlady "Norma Desire." Unrated, but would likely be at least a heavy R for full frontal nudity and simulated sex. DVD extras include commentary, a brief featurette and a few short deleted scenes. I give the film three stars out of five.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars whimsical, poignant, funny February 7, 2010
Format:DVD
Jason Bushman's 'Hollywood Je t'aime' is full of charm. The depiction of a French gay man coming to the world of Los Angeles is whimsical, poignant and funny. And as he traverses this new world, his outsider perspective, on a place I think I know so well, is often hilarious. The film reminded me of Truffaut with its subtle humanity, funny moments, and charm.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fun escape! December 14, 2009
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I loved it! I curled up on the sofa with a glass of wine and thoroughly enjoyed watching the eclectic mix of characters and this Hollywood story unfold.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very over-hyped June 4, 2010
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Four stars? Are you kidding me? This makes no sense until one notices that the few five-star ratings appear to have been made by the film's marketing department. The positive "reviews" have so clearly been taken from the film's promotional material. It's a good reminder of how easy it is to inflate an Amazon rating.

The film itself is fairly boring and simplistic. A gay Frenchman gets depressed with his life in Paris, so he decides to follow a lifelong dream and go to Hollywood--where he discovers (shocker!!) that life is just as depressing in California.

The movie's climactic, epiphanic line: "A sunny day isn't special when it happens every day."

Commence vomiting.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring! June 4, 2013
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I am sorry, but I was bored with this movie. I found nothing of excitement in this movie. Maybe I just picked the wrong nite for me to watch it, but I got over half way thru it and turned it off. That's just my personal opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood Je T'aime February 9, 2013
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A delightful film to watch any time. Story line fun - characters delightful. And fun to see the "old neighborhood" of Echo Park in Los Angeles. And Chad Allen! Love that guy - who wouldn't after seeing the Donald Strachey series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A nice surprise... December 11, 2012
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Format:DVD
I saw this movie for the first time on Hulu and really enjoyed it. A French gay man breaks up with his boyfriend and moves to Hollywood to become an actor. Along the way he enconters some interesting characters who teach him valuable life lessons about how to survive in Los Angeles. Some other reveiwer said that it pays homage to "The Wizard Of Oz" and I have to agree now that I think about. I was disapotined that he didn't stay in LA and create a new life for himself and that he and Chad Allen didn't end up as boyfriends. It would have also been nice to see a make up seen with his boyfriend when he returned home. It kina leaves you hanging.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars PRETTY GOOD FILM
THis movie is funny, good acting, and a beleivable storyline. Its better than some of the other comedys ive watched. Wouldnt pay alot for this dvd. An ok movie.
Published 23 months ago by nat1973
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth $2.99 or my time
I like Chad Allen a lot and rented it because it seemed...inaccurately, as it turned out, from the misleading cover...that he'd have a big role in this...thing. Depressing. Trite. Read more
Published on June 10, 2012 by Stephen P. Manning
2.0 out of 5 stars Even the best actors can get stuck in a stinker!
I bought this film based on other reviews and the fact that it featured one of my favorite actors: Chad Allen. Read more
Published on November 9, 2011 by Daniel White
5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood Je T'aime film
Awesome movie, captures the immigrant experience beautifully, especially when you have California dreams. Loved it in the theatre so had to buy the DVD. Read more
Published on April 21, 2011 by Travis Guss
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice French - American film.
This is a shoe string budget film which benefits from it, as indeed most do. There are some lovely unsubtle stylistic twists, like using black and white for the 'in France' shots... Read more
Published on April 13, 2011 by Tommy Dooley
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny? Rather not.
A type of movie you can watch once and that's it. I found nothing funny in the movie. Starting with a really depressing picture of Paris, through hostile welcome at the airport in... Read more
Published on September 9, 2010 by Pitbulltje
5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood, je t'aime (2009)
Without doubt Hollywood Je t'Aime is above the average of the gay themed movie, the story is funny and cute at the same time, the main character, Jerome, grows into the heart of... Read more
Published on July 5, 2010 by Elisa
3.0 out of 5 stars I should expect better
This is a cute movie, worth watching, but it does not live up to the quality of most (gay) French films. If I had been expecting less, I probably would have been thrilled.
Published on April 27, 2010 by Kristian H. Erickson
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
Unfortunately, this movie is just plain boring and simplistic. Beyond all of its L.A. cliches, I do have one major issue with the movie. Read more
Published on February 23, 2010 by Siskell and Eggbert
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