Starlet 2012

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Starlet explores the unlikely friendship between a 21-year-old aspiring actress Jane (Dree Hemingway) and elderly widow Sadie (Besedka Johnson) after their worlds collide in California's San Fernando Valley. Jane spends her time getting high with her dysfunctional roommates and taking care of her chihuahua Starlet, while Sadie passes her days alone, tending to her garden. After a confrontation at a yard sale, Jane finds something unexpected in a relic from Sadie's past. Her curiosity piqued, she tries to befriend the caustic older woman. Secrets emerge as their relationship grows, revealing that nothing is ever as it seems.

Starring:
Besedka Johnson, Boonee
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Starlet

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  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 39 minutes
Starring Besedka Johnson, Boonee, Dree Hemingway
Director Sean Baker
Genres Drama
Studio Elevation Sales
Rental release 10 March 2014
Main languages English

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By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 12 July 2014
Format: DVD
This is one of those films that is absolutely unassuming and yet totally engrossing. It stars Dree Hemmingway as Jane a 21 year old worker in the `adult entertainment industry'. She buys a Thermos in a yard sale one day and on getting it home finds that it is stuffed with cash. She tries to take it back to the cantankerous old woman, whom she bought it from, but is rebutted.

So she engineers a way to be a `Good Samaritan' to Sadie (the late Besedka Johnson) with her faithful lapdog in tow - this is `Starlet' of the film title. What starts out as marked for failure in the relationship department soon blossoms into a real friendship. However, Jane lives with Melissa and Mikey - Melissa is one of those people who think the Universe revolves around them and everyone is here to do her a favour; so she finds it strange that her `besty' is hanging with an old lady and wont let it lie - to say more is straying into the realms of plot spoiling.

As I mentioned this is a film that plays out slowly but it is interesting all the way and actually quite a lot does happen. Dree Hemmingway is superb as is the pooch but then there are convincing performances from everyone. Director Sean Baker has made a film that will stand the test of time and has a subtle yet simple message about friendship. If you like your films a bit quirky and are prepared to take a risk then I think you will be happily surprised with Starlet.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cjoplin on 28 July 2013
Format: DVD
this film was amazing so calm, and wasnt that intense didnt seem like there was much going on yet you were hooked, you couldnt and didnt want to look away. the performances were outstanding and from a woman who has never acted in her life aswell (besedka jones). it was just outstanding. i would reccomend this for anyone that just really wants to watch a casual film with a beautiful story behind it.
honestly just check it out (watch on netflix if unsure) then buy the dvd.
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By Tony on 5 Feb. 2015
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A vary good film
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By Mr David Tross on 23 Sept. 2014
Format: DVD
hope in america
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Rousell on 22 July 2014
Format: DVD
Would have been a good, well-acted moving film but it was such a shame to have an unexpected and unnecessary graphic porn scene in the middle. I wish modern film-makers would look at the successful classics and learn that suggestions of this kind of thing can be way more powerful than gratuitous and over the top sex scenes.
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