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At Theaters: 11/20/1998 On Video: 8/10/1999
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 53 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 119811
Studio: Miramax Pictures Inc.
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Celebrity takes place in New York and deals with the phenomenon of celebrity in a number of its most ridiculous incarnations. It has a very strong central personal story, but the atmosphere is the world of the celebrated who often enjoy only their fifteen minutes of fame.

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Comedy - Celebrity is a satirical comedy from writer/director Woody Allen. Fans of Allen's previous films are most likely to enjoy this one, with its very similar style of sophisticated adult humor. Fans of Leonardo DiCaprio -- or non-fans -- might also enjoy his self-deprecating performance as an immature young movie star. Many fans will find the humor too "insider", and the pace exceedingly slow. Celebrity is unlikely to win many converts who have not liked previous Woody Allen films.
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Kenneth Branagh (The Proposition)
Judy Davis (Children of the Revolution)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic)
Melanie Griffith (Nobody's Fool)
Producer: Jean Doumanian (The Spanish Prisoner)
Wri/Dir: Woody Allen (Deconstructing Harry)
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PROFANITY: Very strong and frequent
SEX/NUDITY: No nudity; suggestive sexual content
VIOLENCE: One scene of a physical confrontation
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Use of alcohol, cocaine depicted
COMEDY: Satirical verbal comedy about celebrity habits

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Below Average
Woody Allen's detractors have long argued that the filmmaker has taken to repeating himself, turning out the same neurotic observations on sex and relationships over and over again. Celebrity, Allen's gloss on the foibles of fame, might start turning even his most ardent supporter to that way of thinking. With Kenneth Branagh doing an irritating imitation of Allen throughout the film, Celebrity starts to feel like unintentional self-parody. Meanwhile, most of the vignettes about oblivious celebrities plod along without enough payoff. Allen can still turn out a few tart one-liners, but even the really good ones feel really familiar. Ironically, he's like one of his own subjects in the film: he now may be too far removed from reality, and famous for all the wrong reasons

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Kenneth Branagh and Judy Davis star as a divorced couple whose paths briefly cross as they pursue new lives. When we first meet Ms. Davis, her marriage has recently ended and she is lost in a vague malaise as she tries to come to grips with the reality of her situation. A chance meeting with a television executive played by Joe Mantegna transforms her life - they fall in love and marry and she becomes a television celebrity.

Branagh is a celebrity journalist who has fallen in love with the glitz of fame; he pursues a number of unsuccessful connections with a series of beautiful women played by Charlize Theron, Winona Ryder and Famke Janssen. At the same time, he attempts to ingratiate himself with a number of famous people who might be useful to him professionally including a beautiful actress, played by Melanie Griffith, and a young actor played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

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