Ellie Parker 2005 R CC

(45) IMDb 5.7/10

A hilarious comic portrait of a young woman's struggle for integrity, happiness and a Hollywood acting career.

Starring:
Naomi Watts, Jennifer Syme
Runtime:
1 hour, 36 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Scott Coffey
Starring Naomi Watts, Jennifer Syme
Supporting actors Greg Freitas, Gaye Pope, Blair Mastbaum, Jessica Vogl, Johanna Ray, Rebecca Rigg, Mark Pellegrino, Kim Fay, Scott Coffey, Todd Coffey, David Baer, Marcel Sarmiento, Robbi Chong, Whitfield Crane, Brian McCardie, Bret Domrose, Robert Mailhouse, Keanu Reeves
Studio Strand Releasing
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 2006
Format: DVD
Who knew that someone could do so much while driving his or her car? Ellie Parker (the lovely Naomi Watts) has raised multi-tasking to a new level. None of what she does looks remotely safe so I wouldn't recommend you try what she pulls off so adeptly in her whirlwind drive around the hills and studios of Hollywood for auditions. She talks on the cell phone, eats blue ice cream, and the car is her dressing room as she fixes her hair and makeup, and changes into various costumes.

As the mercurial Ellie Parker, Naomi Watts is a real hoot playing her sort of semi-autobiographical self, years before she skyrocketed to fame in David Lynch's MullHolland Drive. Delightfully displaying her comic talents, Watts plays a frustrated actress thrashing around the low end of the Hollywood food chain. Expanded from actor Scott Coffey's short, Ellie Parker features a few days in the life if Ellie as she struggles to define herself in the City of fame and dreams.

We first meet her as she's on her way to audition for a Southern Bell and she's channeling her inner Scarlett for a bored young director named Smash. Of course the audition is just one of a number that morning. Soon after it's completed she jumps into her Honda and drives to the next tryout, singing along to Blondie whilst rehearsing a New Jersey junkie-whore accent.

Ellie's personal life is also rather unstable. She's unsure whether she wants to stay with her hunky loser musician boyfriend (Mark Pellegrino). When she meets cute Chris (Coffey), an appealing but flighty alleged cinematographer after a car accident, she indulges in an intermittent flirtation with him.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Glebe on July 20, 2007
Format: DVD
First off, to any potential buyers who have not already caught this on cable or sundance channel, note that this is not a real "film," as it is shot on video, and does not incorporate newer technology which can make video look very similar to actual filmstock. This is a video, and has a videotape quality (though good in quality), not a film. Still, perhaps it was the maker's intentions (or limited budget), and I can't really fault this work for it's non-filmic, direct to video "look."

Films (or feature length fictional video productions like this) about those out in LaLaLand (LA) trying to "make it" in the "industry," have always been around, basically from "Sunset Boulevard" to present. "The Player" comes to mind, as well as others, but in the "video" mode, I can only think of another more recent "film" as good as this, and that would be "Camp Hollywood," which deals with a roach motel just above Hollywood Blvd. If you liked "Ellie Parker" you will love "Camp Hollywood" and vica versa. What makes "Ellie Parker" special however can be summed up in two words. Naomi Watts.

Unlike "Camp Hollywood," this film concentrates on the main character first and foremost, and includes a few key supporting roles instead of being an overall, numerous character essay on the struggle for fame and fortune out in Dreamland. While the supporting characters add a lot here, none come close to Naomi's performance. Given, she is the main character, and title of this work, but sprinkled throughout are keen insights into this whole LA wannabee subculture. Having lived it myself for a decade and a half, but behind the camera and at my keyboard, so much of this touches home.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Beauparlant on April 18, 2008
Format: DVD
Saw a snippet of this on the Sundance channel and it looked so different and interesting I immediately went out and rented the dvd. That different look comes from that the movie was "shot on a Sony DCR PC 100" as the end credits spell out. But really, that is just one facet of an overall picture that must also include the star, Naomi Watts who gives a superb performance playing a tough job-seeking actress out in L.A. Other superb facets include the script and the camera visuals. This was really like no other film I've seen except for maybe Time Code or Mulholland Drive. Naomi plays Ellie, a actress who we see ferrying about to different auditions, preparing for them, agonizing over them and watching her act in them.
We also get to see large chunks of her personal life with her standard issue boyfriend, her also actress best girlfriend and her acting class lorded over by a coke-sniffing instructor.
I rate the movie 5 stars because we get to watch Miss Watts exhibiting incredible acting chops and the LOOK of the movie which I must owe to the fabled "shot on Sony DCR PC 100" credit.
the dialogue is excellent.
I could...deduct a star for what I feel is a bit of a inconsequential conclusion but it's all so good up to that point.
This movie would also come in very handy for anyone considering a career in acting because the details of what that would be like are all portrayed here very accurately.
And I must once again commend Naomi Watts' acting. It was facinating watching her act in this.
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