Forging love out of the cutthroat entertainment industry is the theme of this MTV-style feature film starring Ashlee Simpson
in a supporting role. Pell James
plays aspiring actress Brier Tucket who falls for fledgling songwriter Luke Falcon (Steven Strait
) in a fleeting moment of New York subway chaos. Fate reunites them in Los Angeles where their friendship deepens as they struggle to establish careers in an industry known for fraud, favours, and elusive fame. Simpson steps up to the microphone for a couple of breathy ballads, yet her acting is wholly forgettable as the one-dimensional Clea. More noteworthy are the standout performances by Kip Pardue, as Luke's wacky brother Euan; and Carrie Fisher, who adds panache as Brier's acerbic agent. Originally titled "Wannabe," the movie was renamed Undiscovered
to spotlight Simpsons song of the same name--and the film's soundtrack is decent--yet no amount of music will prop up the story's overall flimsiness despite the intentions of veteran music video director Meiert Avis. Rated PG-13 for sexual and drug content and partial nudity. --Lynn Gibson
Drama about young struggling hopefuls trying to make a name in showbiz. A successful young New York model, Brier (Pell James) has moved to LA to try and launch herself as an actress. She enlists in acting classes and befriends Clea (Ashlee Simpson), a girl in a similar situation. They become firm friends and take to the LA lifestyle like ducks to water. After a chance encounter with Luke (Steven Strait), a struggling musician, the two become his unofficial sponsors. They give him an image makeover and nudge his career along. He and Brier experience a spark between them from the outset - but as Luke's career takes off, they discover that fame has hidden costs...