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  • Childstar [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Childstar [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0009WPL5I
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By slowstolid on 28 Sept. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This film was very disappointing; it started of with a bratty 12-year old boy and his battiness is completely explained by all those who surround him. One hopes that he will be redeemed somehow but this does not happen and neither he nor anyone else comes out with nicely at all. It concerns me that neither his mother or anyone else was worried to see a 12-year old lose his virginity to a "purchased" bimbo and then moves on to alcohol and drugs (well he was smoking what looked to be a joint). It didn't help that the boy star was obviously not 12 but probably more like 15 or 16 and was far more aware of things that a 12-year old would have been. It woiuld have been better if there had been a good resolution at the end with Taylor becoming more personable and NOT still on the downward track to self destruction
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A must-see for cynical movie-lovers 15 Sept. 2005
By Kristin Dreyer Kramer - Published on
Format: DVD
Taylor Brandon Burns (Mark Rendall) is a 12-year-old star known for his role on a popular family TV show. On his show, he's cute and funny. In real life, he's an obnoxious almost-teenager who's demanding and spoiled. To make his latest movie, he's shipped off to Canada with his bored, uncaring, and equally demanding mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh). They're put in the care of Rick Schiller (Don McKellar), a former college professor who quit his job to make movies-and who's now working as a limo driver. As filming begins, though, Rick becomes more than just Taylor's driver. He soon also takes on the roles of Taylor's tutor and legal guardian-and his mother's lover.

Childstar is a darkly comedic look at the world on the other side of the big screen-giving viewers a peek at the movie-making world and revealing child actors for what they really are. It also shows another side-the broken families, the money-hungry parents, the difficulty of finding real friends, and the impossibility of having a normal childhood or living a normal life. It even shows the child actor's future-though Taylor's costar, Chip (Brendan Fehr), a former child star who battles a fading career and a problem with addiction while trying to gain recognition as an adult.

The theme may not be totally original, but it's well-executed-for the majority of the film. Writer/director Don McKellar creates a captivating story that's insightful as well as amusing. Unfortunately, however, things fall apart toward the end of the film, when Taylor sneaks out and follows Rick's advice to "live a little." He meets a girl, decides he's fallen in love, and disappears from the set-and things go downhill from there. The rather confusing turn of events leads to an ending that's unnecessarily preachy.

As a whole, Childstar is an excellent indie. McKellar plays his role with an understated dry wit that enhances the story. And Rendall is wonderful in his role as the obnoxious yet conflicted child star. Despite its disappointing conclusion, Childstar is a clever and witty film-a must-see for movie-lovers and cynics (and especially for cynical movie-lovers).
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
We're Just Doin' It for the Kids 2 Nov. 2006
By Kevin Killian - Published on
Format: DVD
What is it with Don McKellar and why do you keep seeing him in the movies? Does he represent some sort of Canadian triple threat like Orson Welles did in the USA? All through the two hours of CHILDSTAR I kept wondering about the casting agents who said, "A perfect fit for our Don McKellar!" To those of you who don't know who I'm talking about, he's in every Canadian movie that manages to cross the border to the US--the so called "nylon curtain." He's a little bit like Woody Allen, with his constant stream of backtalk and non sequiturs and that nerdy intellectual appeal. Except Don's more fit, almost like a real star, with a good figure and a hint of hard muscle. Opposite him, Jennifer Jason Leigh is more appealing than I've ever seen her in a movie, and she's beautiful too, almost as though she had some sort of plastic surgery of the soul, how old is she now, she's still young, but she's gorgeous here as the driven "stage mother" determined to prove the old cliche wrong.

Her little boy, Taylor Brandon Burns, is a huge US sitcom star who acts up on a fictional show called FAMILY DIFFERENCES as the son of omnipresent but goodhumored Alan Thicke. Toronto lures him with the promise of big screen glory as "The First Son" a ludicrous action movie aimed at tweens in which he gets to save the entire Western World and drive a fighter plane to rescue Dad, the POTUS, from a cabal of evildoers who have him tied up and riding a chair on Air Force One. If "The First Son" is more entertaining than the tired satire of CHILDSTAR, who says you have to choose? You get both movies and you get more of them than you want, anyhow.

I was like, WTF Don McKellar, but now I know he's good for me. Sign me up for whatever club he stands for.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not bad entertainment 20 Dec. 2006
By Cowman - Published on
Format: DVD
Mark Rendall was excellent as the child star and showed he has some range. The film unfolds great catching me thinking it was going one way and it went another. That doesn't happen often and made it enjoyable for me. This is a lite comedy, so don't think is film is going to bust your gut, but I think most people will be entertained.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Star (not quite) Struck 10 Aug. 2007
By Antonio J. Gray - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A good movie, made that way by good performances, nonsentimentality, and dark comedy (the police raid on Eric Stoltz' house was especially funny). Good performance by Mark Rendall. The movie, overall, was uninvolving.
2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Sad and funny 18 Sept. 2005
By chicoer2003 - Published on
Format: DVD
Childstar is a funny (yet at the same time funny) movie. It has good acting, and an original story. Childstar is a little indie film that's quaint and witty.
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