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SUPERSTAR

SYNOPSIS:
Mary Katherine Gallagher (Molly Shannon) is a schoolgirl who has never been kissed. Unless you count her fertile fantasies. It’s not just any kiss she dreams of but a smouldering smooch worthy of a Hollwood superstar. If her dreams seem pie-in-the-sky they’re more specifically defined as a peck-with-Sky (Will Ferrell), the school hunk who’s romantically entwined with the school spunk, Evian (Elaine Hendrix). So how will Mary get Sky to pucker up? She sees only one solution: Superstardom.

"The good news is that this is not another one of those puerile comedies about a teenage boy yearning to loin-lock with the bimbo of his dreams. The bad news is that it’s an even more jejune Superfarce about a virginal teenage girl yearning to lip-lock with the bimboy of her lurid fantasies. Nothing wrong with films about yearning. We all yearn. Jeez, I was yearning to leave after less than five minutes watching the spectacularly annoying, thirty-something Molly Shannon flounce around as an adolescent social misfit who takes out her romantic frustrations by getting up close and personal with a signpost. Indeed, she has a penchant for getting intimate with inanimate objects. Greenies should be warned that they might find graphic imagery of Shannon tongue-kissing a tree-trunk truly disturbing. What I found truly disturbing was that this is the least unfunny scene in a frighteningly unfunny film. I have no idea if the gawky, graceless Mary Katherine Gallagher is amusing in her original incarnation as a Saturday Night Live skit. I do know that there isn’t a single five minutes of this feature-length turkey that would qualify as successful comedy in any context. How we are supposed to empathise with a self-centred, self-deluded geek who flashes her white cotton panties with unconscionable regularity is certainly beyond this critic. And even imagining this clumsy, charm-challenged personification of a fashion disaster as a superstar must be beyond the realm of any mortal. Which may explain why God Himself arrives to deliver a pep talk, divine inspiration, and some less than heavenly humour. He takes his time, but eventually our hopeful heroine’s prayers are answered, and so are mine. Is that the Pearly Gates I spy? Ah yes, the Exit sign. "
Brad Green

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TRAILER

SUPERSTAR (M)
(US)

CAST: Molly Shannon, Will Ferrell, Elaine Hendrix, Harland Williams, Mark McKinney, Glynis Johns

DIRECTOR: Bruce McCulloch

PRODUCER: Lorne Michaels

SCRIPT: Steve Koren

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Walt Lloyd

EDITOR: Malcolm Campbell

MUSIC: Michael Gore

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Gregory P. Keen

RUNNING TIME: 81 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: UIP

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: September 21, 2000

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Paramount Ent

VIDEO RELEASE: May 18, 2001







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