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|Lisa Picard Is Famous|
Actors: Laura Kirk, Nat DeWolf, Griffin Dunne, Daniel London, Sandra Bullock
Director: Griffin Dunne
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
Come inside for a look behind-the-scenes at the world of an aspiring actress on the verge of stardom. Lisa Picard is Famous is the hilarious tale of one New Yorker who will do whatever it takes to make it to the big time. ... more »
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adriank1 | Sydney, Australia | 03/19/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I like Griffin Dunne and found this "mockumentary' style film amusing with good cameo-appearances from Buck Henry, Carrie Fisher, Fisher Stevens recollecting experiences in the fame-game acting world.
As a former actor myself whom gave-up I found this comedy pretty close to the mark and laughed out loud many times.
The blinding ambition, self-delusions and self-absorption true to life.
The focus is little known actress Lisa Picard whose main claim to some fame and notoriety are hilrariously rauchy breakfast cereal commercial whom's next big-break is a bit-part in up-coming telemovie starring Melissa Gilbert called A Call for Help.
Trials and tribulations ensue in the private life of Lisa behind-the-scenes filmed by documentary director Dunne.
The cast parties, TV-VCR premieres in the living-room's, Internet Site and rivalrys between actor friends and off-off Broadway one-man show's really took me back to my own acting days.
Laura Kirk and Nat DeWolf were charming as the two acting friends sprinkled with cameo encounters by Charlie Sheen, Spike Lee, Sandra Bullock, Mira Sorvino, Melissa Gilbert and Penelope Ann Miller.
All the aspirations, dissapointments, setback's, frustrations and large doses of delusions make Lisa Picard is Famous a funny take on what it's mostly like for those trying to play the fame game and break in anyhere/way they can.
Recommended viewing but won't be everybody's choice of a night at home's entertainment.
You really have to of lived it to get it."
Embarassingly funny. Biting. Great slice of wannabe life.
adriank1 | 01/22/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was embarrassed FOR the characters, (NOT the actors)and for myself, to be watching this film. It's that good. A searing, insiders view of life on the audition circuit. The cameos, by Carrie Fisher, Spike Lee, Sandra Bullock, add reality to the film. Nat DeWolfe's one man show in the movie is painfully hilarious to watch. We've all been there. There are flaws, as with any movie, but I very much enjoyed this movie and recommend it to anyone who looks to a film for insight into human nature, and not just for sex and violence."
Laura Kirk is a Gem!
Butley | Majorca Spain | 04/27/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The show is a hoot, a trainwreck in slow motion. Fun set up as a mockumentary. Griffin Dunne gives us a knowing and askance take on the desperate search for fame. The show belongs to Laura Kirk,an avalanche of talent with a range of skills that puts many notables who make cameo appearances to shame. She is heart rendingly funny, touching and vulnerable. Lisa Pickard is never going to be famous as Ms. Kirk reveals her to us. But there is no reason this gifted performer should stay in the shadows, she is dynamite and worth the price of admission by the end of the audition scene which is 15 minutes into the movie."
Acting vs. Fame
Butley | 04/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I enjoyed the many facets of this movie. There were painful scenes and funny scenes and I really got the sense of how much courage actors have to have to put themselves out there all the time and how much disappointment is a part of acting. The most centered actors in the movie seemed to be the ones not going for the fame that acting can bring, the centered actors seemed to be the ones who was going for the love of their craft."