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Childstar

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3.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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TAYLOR BRANDON BURNS, A CONFLICTED 12 YEAR OLD TV STAR FRON THE U.S., RUNS AWAY FROM THE SET & HIS PROBLEMS WHILE SHOOTING A BIG-BUDGET FILM IN CANADA. HIS RELUCTANT LIMO DRIVER, RICK SCHILLER, A DOWN-ON-HIS-LUCK UNDIE FILMMAKER IS ENLISTED TO FIND TAYLOR BEFORE THE CHILDSTAR DESTROYS HIMSELF.

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Billed as an eccentric, funny film, this award-winning Canadian import from director/actor Don McKellar (eXistanZ, The Red Violin) is more drama than comedy; a multi-layered, provocative satire of the movie industry and its self-serving exploitation of child celebrities. Childstar is the story of Taylor Brandon Burns (Mark Rendall), a spoiled 12-year-old American megastar and his self-absorbed mother, Suzanne (Jennifer Jason Leigh), together in Canada while Taylor films a big budget movie. Shockingly insolent on the exterior, Taylor struggles with conflicting emotions of anger and apathy and, at the point of despair, runs away with a prostitute. Enter Rick Schiller (Don McKellar), a hapless indie filmmaker picking up a paycheck as Taylor's limo-driver who is now enlisted to find the boy before he destroys himself. With camera in hand, Rick can't help but see Taylor's life as a movie while he attempts to engage Taylor as a friend. Perhaps intentionally, this movie-about-a-movie-about-a-movie eschews a single raison d'être in favor of many. At times wry, it is also a sobering statement on America's celebrity culture. Most notable is the film's cinematography--artsy, innovative, and, at times, disturbing. With standout performances by McKellar and Leigh, viewers can't miss the message on child stars explicit in the script: "When they hit puberty, we chew them up and spit them out; they spend the rest of their lives entertaining us in the tabloids." Rated R for extreme language and sexual content. --Lynn Gibson


Special features

  • The "Making Of" Childstar Documentary
  • Commentary with writer/director/actor Don McKellar
  • Theatrical Trailer

Product details

  • Actors: Kristin Adams, Gil Bellows, Brendan Fehr, Niv Fichman, Victoria Fodor
  • Directors: Don McKellar
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
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  • Studio: Sundance Channel Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009WPL5I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,411 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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