Actors: Kenneth Branagh, Judy Davis, Winona Ryder, Charlize Theron, Joe Mantegna, Melanie Griffith, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gretchen Mol
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about Celebrity|
|Failed novelist and mediocre journalist -- excuse me, "travel writer," -- Lee Simon (Branagh) pursues various celebrities, mostly movie stars and models, for a good time and potential career assistance after an ugly divorce from his schoolteacher wife Robin (Davis). Celebrities offer chances to do magazine articles, but Lee also wants to peddle a screenplay that could use the backing of a star. We see him butter up and frolic with actress Nicole Oliver (Griffith), race around all night in the wake of a supermodel (Theron), flirt off and on with waitress and struggling actress Nola (Ryder), and go on a coke-addled road trip with enfant terrible film star Brandon Darrow (DiCaprio). Meanwhile, Robin has a breakdown, slowly picks herself up and meets a successful and desirable TV producer, Tony Gardella (Mantegna). Branagh does an amazing job of mimicking Woody Allen's vocal mannerisms, various familiar faces do cameos (from Donald Trump and the Buttafuocos to Allison Janney, Aida Turturro and Erica Jong), but this 1998 movie is somewhat aimless and cold-hearted. A scene where a "working girl" played by Bebe Neuwirth tries to teach Robin about oral technique on a banana and chokes starts funny but goes a bit over the top.
--David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|CELEBRITY is a movie written and directed by Woody Allen in 1998.
Kenneth Branagh has just divorced his wife Judy Davis. He is journalist, meets a lot of celebrities and tries, without any success, to present the screenplay he has just written to the actors he interviews. His ex-wife, after a severe depression, accidentally meets Joe Mantegna, a TV producer, and soon hosts a famous show about celebrities.
Bitter and black & white Woody Allen producton.
--Daniel Staebler, Resident Scholar
17 FREE Sci-Fi Ebooks!
FREE "How to be happy" Ebook!
|Analysis of Celebrity|
|Our unique search engine provides a wealth of detail about|
books by breaking them down into many different literary
elements, all of which are searchable (click here).
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Time/era of movie:
Kind of romance:
- seduction (yum!)
- boatload of casual sex without love
Getting ahead in:
- entertainment world
- brunette (Brown)
- (man) short/standard straight
- (man) short/standard wavey
- (man) average
Events of movie makes character more...
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor?
- Cynical sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
Secondary Main Character
- (woman) short/butch/lez
- (woman) medium/shoulderlgn straight
- (woman) very skinny
How much in movie?
- White (American)
- general circumstances
- New York
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Movie makes you feel...
- full of laughter
Sex/nudity in movie?
What kind of sex:
- sex under blankets
Check here if B&W
- Occasional swearing
If soundtrack VERY NOTICEABLE...
|Most similar reviews by Gordonator ranking|
starring William Hurt, Holly Hunter, Albert Brooks, Robert Prosky
starring Jamie Lee Curtis, John Travolta, Ramey Ellis
starring Kick Gurry, Maya Stange, Pia Miranda, Marton Csokas, Andy Anderson
|Prey for Rock and Roll
starring Lori Petty, Gina Gershon, Drea de Matteo, Shelly Cole
starring Benoît Poelvoorde, Jean-Paul Rouve, Julie Depardieu
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).